If you’re looking for a bit more structure for your Sirens reading, or you simply love a challenge, you’re in the right place. Each year, our staff reads a wide selection of fantasy works written by women and nonbinary authors, some within our theme and some more broadly. This year, we invite you to take our challenge!
To take the challenge, simply read 26 books, in accordance with the rules below, by October 1, 2018. Once you’ve finished, send an email to (help at sirensconference.org) with Reading List Challenge as the subject line, and let us know that you’ve finished the challenge and the books that you read to do so. We’ll give all timely finishers a special button at Sirens, suitable for gloating.
If you’re looking for a little support, we invite you to visit the Sirens Goodreads group, where, in 2018, Sirens communications director Faye Bi will read and discuss books on her way to—maybe—finishing the challenge.
To purchase these books, please consider using the links below, which will take you to the website of the Tattered Cover, Denver’s renowned independent bookstore. If you use those links and then purchase books or other items, Sirens will receive a referral fee from the Tattered Cover.
Sirens 2018 Reading Challenge
In each required category, you must read—or have previously read—each work listed. In each category of selections, you must select books by authors who are new to you. If you cannot reach the required number of selections without selecting authors you have already read, you may select works you haven’t read by authors you have read before. If you cannot reach the required number of selections without selecting books you’ve read, bravo, and please read as many new-to-you books as you can to complete the challenge.
Guests of Honor: Required
Hauntings Books: Select Three
Judith Claire Mitchell
Emily Bain Murphy
Nova Ren Suma
Revolutionaries Books: Select Three
Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
Lara Elena Donnelly
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Lovers Books: Select Three
Women Who Work Magic Books: Select Three
S. A. Chakraborty
Julie C. Dao
Middle Grade/Young Adult: Select Five
Jordan Stratford & Kelly Murphy
Adult: Select Five
Carmen Maria Machado
K Arsenault Rivera
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
A. C. Wise
J. Y. Yang