The Discoverability Challenge: the end of 2016

During 2016, I’ve read twenty-four books by female authors that I’d never read before. Well, I’ve actually read twenty-seven – I couldn’t count three as I either didn’t finish them or had already read that author – and I’ve actually got another two still on the go, which are Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker.

So, having read twenty-four books by female authors I hadn’t read before…what did I think?

Absolute favourite? The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, followed by Naomi Novik’s Uprooted.

Most fun? Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.

Most beautiful? The Stars Seem So Far Away by Margrét Helgadóttir.

Most bloodthirsty? A cross between 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf by Jo Thomas, Eve of War and Fight Like A Girl.

Most intricate? Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

Weirdest? All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.

One that made me cry? All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

One that I’m itching to get the rest of the series? A cross between A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan and The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter.

This has been a lot of fun, and I’ve definitely come across some authors that I will keep reading! It’s also ridiculously easy – there are suggestions and books all over the place.

As for next year? I’ll be posting on that in the next few days – I’m doing something a little different!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.