100 Must Read

For a personal reading challenge, I've decided to read all of the books listed in this 100 Must Read Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels by Female Authors listed at BookRiot.  Of course, it's not comprehensive of everything one must read but I do have a habit of reading more and more women authors, and I really like this list.   I've read a few already, but I'm looking forward to the rest, and maybe it will help me put a dent in Mt. TBR (since many of these books are already there).

If I've read the work, I'll strike it out and put when it was read... if I have a review at Goodreads, I'll link that.

Current tally: 26/100 (11 May 2016)


1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
2. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
Read Jan 2012
3Among Others by Jo Walton
Read April 2012
4Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Read June 2014
5. Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam
6. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
7. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
8. Ash by Malinda Lo
9. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Read in Nov 2008
10. The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Wright
11. Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee
12. The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
13. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
14. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
16. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
17. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
18. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto
19. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
20. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Read in High School
21. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
23. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Read in October 2013
24. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
25. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
26. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
Read in April 2011 - one of my top favorite books
27. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
28. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Read in April 2010 - one of my top favorite books
29. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
30. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
31. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
32. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
33. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop
34. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Read in April 2013
35. Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
36. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
38. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
39. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
40. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Read on High School, another top favorite
41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Read in 2003
42. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
43. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
Read in March 2012
44. Hild by Nicola Griffith
45. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
46. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
47. The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré
48. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Read in October 2011
49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Read in August 2010
50. Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
51. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
52. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
53. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Read January 2013, and I hated it.
54. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
55. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
56. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Read September 2013
57. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
58. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
59. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
60. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Read in High School
61. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
62. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
63. My Christina & Other Stories by Mercè Rodoreda
64. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
65. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
66. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Read February 2012
67. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Read December 2011
69. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
70. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
71. The Red by Linda Nagata
72. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
73. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
74. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
75. The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
76. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Read February 2011
77. Shikasta by Doris Lessing
78. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Read September 2012
79. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
80. So Far from God by Ana Castillo
81. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
82. Soulless by Gail Carriger
83. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
84. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Read April 2011
85. Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala
86. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Read September 2015
87. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
88. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
89. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
90. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Read September 2015
91. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
92. Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
93. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
94. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
95. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
96. Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
97. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
99. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
100. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Read July 2013


There are a number of these authors I have read, but not the book listed, and some of them (like Octavia Butler), who I've read this and other works, and I think the other stuff is better (not that this is bad or anything). But it's a nice list, and I"m setting myself no deadline.

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