Reading Challenge
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. We invite you to take our challenge!

To complete the challenge, simply read 25 books, in accordance with the rules below, by October 1, 2019. 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, January to September in 2019, Sirens Communications Director Faye Bi will read and discuss books on her way to—maybe—finishing the challenge.

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Sirens 2019 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



Heroes Books: Required



Heroes Books: Pick Five

Tomi Adeyemi

Zoraida Córdova

Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro

Nicky Drayden

Meg Elison

Sarah Gailey

Frances Hardinge

Jody Houser, Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage

Katherine Locke

Rachita Madani

Tahereh Mafi

Melina Marchetta

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Nnedi Okorafor

Rivers Solomon

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke A. Allen

K.B. Wagers

G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

F. C. Yee

Lidia Yuknavitch



Middle Grade/Young Adult Books: Pick Five

Melissa Albert

Erica Cameron

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Mary Winn Heider

Heidi Heilig

Faith Erin Hicks

Emiko Jean

Claire Legrand

Anna Meriano

L. L. McKinney

Anna-Marie McLemore

Janet McNally

Natalie C. Parker

Rebecca Schaeffer

Victoria Schwab

Destiny Soria

Nova Ren Suma

Tasha Suri

Nahoko Uehashi & Cathy Hirano

Jen Wang



Adult: Select Five

Kate Leth, Megan Levens & Marissa Louise

Madeline Miller

Cass Morris

Daniel Mallory Ortberg

C. L. Polk

Anjali Sachdeva

Peng Shepard

Ana Simo

Krystal A. Smith

Shweta Taneja

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