100 Must-Read Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels by Female Authors

Bookriot published this list of 100 female SFF authors and I really, really like the books they’ve chosen. There are some books I’ve read, others I own, and many I don’t know at all yet. So naturally, I now want to check out everything on this list and read it. Bookriot listed only the first isntalment to represent a series, but my list-loving brain decided that I’m going to list (almost) all the books, so this is more than 100 works – which just means more fun and more to read. Yay!

The books printed bold are ones I have already read and if I also reviewed them here, there is a link to my review behind the title. If I stopped listing a series after a certain part, that’s because I didn’t like the series and abandoned, or because I haven’t caught on that there are more instalments yet. I’ll update the list as I find out more about these authors and their books.


  1.  Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
    1. Alanna: The First Adventure
    2. In the Hand of the Goddess
    3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
    4. Lioness Rampant
  2. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
  3. Among Others by Jo Walton
  4. The Ancillary Trilogy by Ann Leckie
    1. Ancillary Justice
    2. Ancillary Sword
    3. Ancillary Mercy
  5. Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam
  6. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
  7. Harolds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
    1. Arrows of the Queen
    2. Arrow’s Flight
    3. Arrow’s Fall
    4. Queen’s Own
  8. Ash by Malinda Lo
  9. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    1. Assassin’s Apprentice
    2. Royal Assassin
    3. Assassin’s Quest
  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. The Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest
    1. Boneshaker
    2. Clementine
    3. Tanglefoot
    4. Dreadnought
    5. The Inexplicables
    6. Fiddlehead
    7. Jacaranda
  15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  16. Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara
    1. Cast in Shadow
    2. Cast in Courtlight
    3. Cast in Secret
    4. Cast in Fury
    5. Cast in Silence
    6. Cast in Chaos
    7. Cast in Ruin
    8. Cast in Peril
    9. Cast in Sorrow
    10. Cast in Flame
    11. Cast in Honor
    12. Cast in Flight
  17. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  18. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto
  19. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    1. Cinder
    2. Scarlet
    3. Cress
    4. Fairest
    5. Winter
    6. Stars Above
  20. Arthurian Saga by Mary Stewart
    1. The Crystal Cave
    2. The Hollow Hills
    3. The Last Enchantment
    4. The Wicked Day
    5. The Prince and the Pilgrim
  21. The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
    1. The Darkangel
    2. A Gathering of Gargoyles
    3. The Pearl of the Soul of the World
  22. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
    1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
    2. Days of Blood & Starlight
    3. Night of Cake & Puppets
    4. Dreams of God & Monsters
  23. The Black Jewels by Anne Bishop
    1. Daughter of the Blood
    2. Heir to the Shadows
    3. Queen of the Darkness
    4. The Invisible Ring
    5. Dreams Made Flesh
    6. Tangled Webs
    7. The Shadow Queen
    8. Shalador’s Lady
    9. Twilight’s Dawn
  24. The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier
    1. Daughter of the Forest
    2. Son of the Shadows
    3. Child of Prophecy
  25. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
    1. Dead Until Dark
    2. Living Dead in Dallas
    3. Club Dead
  26. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  27. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  28. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  29. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  30. Tales of the Magatama by Noriko Ogiwara
    1. Dragon Sword and Wind Child
    2. Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince
  31. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
    1. Dragonflight
    2. Dragonquest
    3. The White Dragon
    4. Dragonsong
    5. Dragonsinger
    6. Dragondrums
    7. Moreta
    8. Nerilka’s Story
    9. Dragonsdawn
    10. The Renegades of Pern
    11. All the Weyrs of Pern
    12. Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
    13. The Dolphins of Pern
    14. Dragonseye
    15. The Masterharper of Pern
    16. The Skies of Pern
  32. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    1. An Ember in the Ashes
    2. A Torch Against the Night
  33. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop
  34. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  35. Lighthouse by Carol Berg
    1. Flesh and Spirit
    2. Breath and Bone
  36. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  39. Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
    1. Graceling
    2. Fire
    3. Bitterblue
  40. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  41. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    5. Harry Poter and the Order of the Phoenix
    6. Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  42. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
  43. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
  44. Hild by Nicola Griffith
  45. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
    1. His Majesty’s Dragon
    2. Throne of Jade
    3. Black Powder War
    4. Empire of Ivory
    5. Victory of Eagles
    6. Tongues of Serpents
    7. Crucible of Gold
    8. Blood of Tyrants
    9. League of Dragons
  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
    1. Howl’s Moving Castle
    2. Castle in the Air
    3. The House of Many Ways
  49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. Catching Fire
    3. Mockingjay
  50. Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  51. Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
    1. Inkheart
    2. Inkspell
    3. Inkdeath
  52. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
  53. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  54. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
  55. The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin
    1. The Killing Moon
    2. The Shadowed Sun
  56. Kushiel Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
    1. Kushiel’s Dart
    2. Kushiel’s Chosen
    3. Kushiel’s Avatar
  57. Nightrunner by Lynn Flewelling
    1. Luck in the Shadows
    2. Stalking Darkness
    3. Traitor’s Moon
    4. Shadows Return
    5. The White Road
    6. Casket of Souls
    7. Shards of Time
  58. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
  59. Worldbreaker Saga by Kameron Hurley
    1. The Mirror Empire
    2. Empire Ascendant
  60. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  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
  67. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  68. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  69. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
    1. The Queen of the Tearling
    2. The Invasion of the Tearling
    3. The Fate of the Tearling
  70. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
    1. The Raven Boys
    2. The Dream Thieves
    3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue
    4. The Raven King
  71. The Red by Linda Nagata
    1. First Light
    2. The Trials
    3. Going Dark
  72. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  73. October Daye by Seanan McGuire
    1. Rosemary and Rue
    2. A Local Habitation
    3. An Artificial Night
    4. Late Eclipse
    5. One Salt Sea
    6. Ashes of Honor
    7. Chimes at Midnight
    8. The Winter Long
    9. A Red-Rose Chain
    10. Once Broken Faith
    11. The Brightest Fell
    12. Night and Silence
    13. When Sorrows Come
  74. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
  75. The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
  76. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    1. Cordelia’s Honor
      1. Shards of Honor
      2. Barrayar
    2. Young Miles
      1. The Warrior’s Apprentice
      2. “The Mountains of Mourning”
      3. The Vor Game
    3. Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
      1. Cetaganda
      2. Ethan of Athos
      3. “Labyrinth”
    4. Miles Errant
      1. “Borders of Infinity”
      2. Brothers in Arms
      3. Mirror Dance
    5. Memory
    6. Miles in Love
      1. Komarr
      2. A Civil Campaign
      3. “Winterfair Gifts”
    7. Miles, Mutants & Microbes
      1. Falling Free
      2. “Labyrinth”
      3. Diplomatic Immunity
    8. Cryoburn
    9. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
  77. Shikasta by Doris Lessing
  78. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  79. Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh
    1. Slave to Sensation
    2. Visions of Heat
    3. Caressed by Ice
  80. So Far from God by Ana Castillo
  81. Sorcerer Royal by Zen Cho
    1. Sorcerer to the Crown
  82. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
    1. Soulless
    2. Changeless
    3. Blameless
    4. Heartless
    5. Timeless
  83. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  84. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  85. Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala
  86. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  87. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
  88. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  89. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  90. Swords of Riverside by Ellen Kushner
    1. Swordspoint
    2. The Privilege of the Sword
    3. The Fall of Kings
    4. Tremontaine
  91. The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    1. The Thief
    2. The Queen of Attolia
    3. The King of Attolia
    4. A Conspiracy of Kings
  92. Confederation by Tanya Huff
    1. Valor’s Choice
    2. The Better Part of Valor
    3. The Heart of Valor
    4. Valor’s Trial
    5. The Truth of Valor
    6. An Ancient Peace
  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. Blud by Delilah S. Dawson
    1. Wicked as They Come
    2. Wicked as She Wants
    3. Wicked After Midnight
    4. Wicked Ever After
  97. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
  98. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh
  99. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
    1. The Wrath and the Dawn
    2. The Rose and the Dagger
  100. The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle
    1. A Wrinkle in Time
    2. A Wind in the Door
    3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
    4. Many Waters
    5. An Acceptable Time
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