Increasing Discoverability: the 2016 Challenge

So, I’m taking part in Joanne Hall’s Increasing Discoverability Challenge for 2016. The idea is to read 12 new (to me) female authors throughout the year. As she puts it…

I’m continuing the trend into 2016 because I think there’s still a need for it, because reviewers and good friends of mine have confessed that they still read far fewer women than men, because a recent Facebook post I read asking people to list their five favourite FEMALE SFF writers was crammed with replies like “Mark Lawrence” and “Brandon Sanderson” and because some idiots complained that Mad Max : Fury Road had too many women in it to be a proper action film…  We clearly still have some way to go *rolls eyes*

So! My list so far:

  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
  2. Vermillion by Molly Tanzer
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

There are plenty of other female authors on my wish-list, but that’s it that I currently own…I’ll definitely be buying more as I go through the year, though. I’m definitely up for ideas as well – put your weird, wonderful, fantastic and awesome suggestions below, or tweet me @writingandcoe!

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.

2 thoughts on “Increasing Discoverability: the 2016 Challenge”

  1. Yes I’ve got Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke too, good book!
    1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (clearly being called Susanna or Suzanne helps you to write awesome fiction!)
    2. Earthsea trilogy by Ursula Le Guin
    3. Pern by Anne McCaffrey
    4. The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (her Iron Ghost & Silver Tide looks like being awesome too)
    5. And I’m cheating here but I don’t care, although I haven’t finished these yet, I am loving Sammy HK Smith’s In Search of Gods and Heroes, Joanne Hall’s Spark & Carousel and a certain Kate Coe’s first novella, Green Sky and Sparks!!!!! They are AWESOME!!! 😀

    1. Oh my goodness, you haven’t read Pern or Ursula Le Guin? (Her short stories are epic too). And Jen Williams is just my favourite! You have so many awesome reads ahead of you 😀

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