Tammy’s Top Twelve Genre Books by Women Authors for 2015

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**Big thanks to Mogsy and Wendy at Bibliosanctum for this idea!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is “FREEBIE” which means we all get to come up with our own Top Ten lists. This past week I discovered the science fiction and fantasy website Worlds Without End, which is an awesome book database for genre books that are nominated for or have received major book awards. How did I not know about this website before? I decided to join one of their reading challenges, 2015 Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge.

Women of genre challenge

So it took me a while to figure out how the website works. For the reading challenges, you can only use books that are already in their database, so I had to do a bit of searching before I came up with just the right combination of books for this challenge. Luckily, many of them are already on my “to read” list. The challenge rules state that the books should be “new-to-me” women authors. (I have to admit I’m cheating a bit, because one of these authors is NOT new-to-me.)  So here are my TOP TWELVE Genre Books by Women that I plan to read in 2015 (in no particular order):

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier. Yes, I am going to read this book! Every blogger I know has read it and LOVED it. I’m so glad it’s in WWE’s database:-D

Generation V by M.L. Brennan. Another book I’ve been trying to get to, this is the year, people!

The Three by Sarah Lotz. I want to read this before Lotz’s next book comes out later this year.

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney. I have copies of the first two books in this series, and now I have a reason to make sure I read them:-D

Half Bad by Sally Green. This was a book I requested but wasn’t approved for, and so it was forgotten. But now that the sequel is on the horizon, I’m anxious to catch up.

The Quick by Lauren Owen. I won this from Library Thing, and for some reason it got lost in a pile of books. (That’s never happened to you, has it???) I’d love to read and review this so I can request more books from LT.

The Wilds by Julia Elliott. I have a digital ARC that I just didn’t get to, so now I have an excuse to catch up.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I picked up an ARC of this book at Comic Con 2013 (!) and still haven’t read it!

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest. Here’s another book I got at SDCC and now I’m determined to read it:-D

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. I can’t believe I haven’t read Elizabeth Bear before, and I’m anxious to read her latest.

Kushiel’s Dart by Jaqueline Carey. Next month, Tor is re-releasing this book, which originally came out in 2001, and I’m excited that I get to help the publisher promote it with a giveaway. Many of my blogger friends have already read it, and loved it to boot!

 Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. Broken Monsters was one of my favorite books of 2014, so I’m going to start tackling Beukes’ backlist this year.

I’m excited to get started on this list! I plan on reviewing each book, even though the challenge rules say you’re not required to add reviews. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, or if you’re participating in WWE’s reading challenge!

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Posted January 20, 2015 by Tammy in Top Ten Tuesday / 25 Comments

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25 responses to “Tammy’s Top Twelve Genre Books by Women Authors for 2015

    • Tammy

      After I made this list, I wanted to drop everything and start on these books. It really is a good list *patting myself on the back* !!

  1. This is a fantastic challenge – I took part the year before last and really enjoyed it. I wish you all the best with this one – you’ve got some good authors on there!
    Lynn 😀
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  2. Nice list! I loved The Three and Coldest Girl in Coldtown was lots of fun! 🙂 I also need to read Zoo City. I’ve had it for years and have recently read Broken Monsters and Shining Girls, really looking forward finally delving into Zoo City. Karen Memory was also a fun book!
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  3. YAY I’m so freakin’ excited to see another blogger on board with the WWEnd Women of Genre Fiction challenge! I LOVE this challenge and for the past couple years I’ve done this I’ve discovered new authors and also been able to polish off a bunch of backlist books by women authors I’ve always wanted to read. Unfortunately the WWEnd database isn’t all that complete, but they do add a lot more books throughout the year!
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    • Tammy

      I was a little worried when I started looking for books, because nothing was popping up, but the more I looked, the more I found. I’m really excited about my list now! (I know I keep saying that but it’s true!!)

  4. Generation V, Maplecroft, Zoo City, and Karen Memory are all on my list for this year! Generation V has priority though since I own a copy. I’ve been hearing rumblings about the Worlds Without End genre fiction challenges, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone explain it…now I want to participate! Hopefully the books I’d like to read are in the database – fingers crossed!
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    • Tammy

      Not all the books I searched for are in the database, but they do tell you that only books and authors that have been nominated for major book awards are included, so I guess that makes sense.

  5. I have read Zoo City and also the following one of the same author, Broken Monsters – definitively worth reading, both. If you have to pick only one, the first. 😀

  6. Hello Tammy, thank you, and everyone else, so much for the kind words about WWEnd and our reading challenges. I hope you enjoy the WoGF as it’s one of my favorites. The only book on your list that I’ve read is Zoo City, for last year’s WoGF, and it’s a great one. That Maplecroft cover freaks me out 😉

    For the challenges, I do want to make clear that yes, you can only choose books from our database (we can’t track books outside our DB) but you can request books you want to read be added. Just drop a note in the forum. We have 16 Uber User members who have data access and they’re really quick to fill those requests. They added almost 6,000 books last year so our selection is getting better all the time from their efforts and from members telling us about authors and books we’ve missed!

    Read on!

    • Tammy

      Thanks for stopping by, Dave! I’m very excited to have found your website, and I look forward to being part of your cool community:-)