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[personal profile] starlady
I feel like longtime readers of this platform will already be aware of my love for the Sirens Conference, which is focused on girls, women, and female-identifying people in fantasy and science fiction--with a particular focus on YA--as readers, writers, and characters. It's in Denver this year, and Yoon Ha Lee, Rae Carson, and Kate Elliott are the guests! You should join us, it's going to be awesome.

This year Sirens has formalized an attendees' version of the staff reading lists as the Sirens Reading Challenge. I am historically very good at winning books and at book-related challenges, and this year's theme--Rebels--is near and dear to my heart, so I am doubly excited for this.

List below the cut; I've copied the links from the Sirens webpage to preserve the partner links to the Tattered Cover, Denver's independent bookstore. Strikethrough = already read.

Guests of Honor: Required - done!
Rae Carson
The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Kate Elliott
Cold Magic or Court of Fives (forthcoming August 2015)
Yoon Ha Lee


Rebels and Revolutionaries: Required

Margaret Atwood

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Ann Leckie

Melina Marchetta
Nnedi Okorafor

Tamora Pierce

G. Willow Wilson


Rebels and Revolutionaries: Select Five - done!

Katherine Addison

Victoria Aveyard

Kelly Barnhill

Elizabeth Bunce

Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Fine

Catherine Fisher

Shira Glassman

Kameron Hurley

N. K. Jemisin
Erika Johansen

Intisar Khanani

Marie Lu

Laurie J. Marks

Jodi Meadows

Sara Raasch

Sabaa Tahir

Sherry Thomas

Nahoko Uehashi

Kit Whitfield


Middle Grade/Young Adult: Select Five - done!

Lindsey Barraclough

Franny Billingsley

Stephanie Burgis

Emily Carroll

Cinda Williams Chima

Corinne Duyvis

Jessica Day George

Hiromi Goto

Shannon Hale

Rosamund Hodge
Ambelin Kwaymullina

Laura Lam

Margo Lanagan

Grace Lin

Juliet Marillier

Patricia McKillip

Dia Reeves

Heather Tomlinson

Leslye Walton

Ysabeau Wilce


Adult: Select Five

Lauren Beukes

Lois McMaster Bujold

Ronlyn Domingue

Emma Donoghue

Eugie Foster

Charlie N. Holmberg

Mary Robinette Kowal

Violet Kupersmith

Kelly Link

Karen Lord
Kushali Manickavel
Things We Found During the Autopsy

Seanan McGuire

Erin Morganstern

Helen Oyeyemi

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Kiini Ibura Salaam

Sofia Samatar

Delia Sherman

Karin Tidbeck

Helene Wecker

It's going to be great.

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Date: 2015-03-05 05:56 (UTC)
jhameia: ME! (Default)
From: [personal profile] jhameia
Oooooh, this looks like a great rec list!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Date: 2015-03-05 09:53 (UTC)
qian: Tiny pink head of a Katamari character (Default)
From: [personal profile] qian
What a fab reading list! (Thoug just caught a typo -- Kushali Manickavel should be Kuzhali Manickavel, I think. Maybe worth pointing out to the conference people?)

Enjoy Sirens!

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Date: 2015-03-05 20:50 (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
I'm pretty puzzled that they've put in the second half of a duology, and one that has some unfortunate what-these-people-need-is-a-honky vibes (the Tamora Pierce), but it's a very interesting idea!

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Date: 2015-03-06 04:46 (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu

Mmm. I definitely pity the new readers, though, who open up that book and find the extremely compressed summary-plus-timeskip Prologue.

Edited Date: 2015-03-07 15:52 (UTC)

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Date: 2015-03-06 00:12 (UTC)
intothespin: Drawing of a woman lying down reading by Kate Beaton (Default)
From: [personal profile] intothespin
I highly recommend Kissing the Witch as one of the ways to complete the Adult part of the challenge.

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Date: 2015-03-06 03:03 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rilina
I am really looking forward to diving into this reading list. Finnikin of the Rock is one of the books of my heart--will be interested in what you think of it!

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Date: 2015-03-06 03:13 (UTC)
umadoshi: (read fast (bisty_icons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I don't know what the odds are that I'll ever make it to Sirens, but it's definitely one of the events I have mildly envious thoughts about every year. ^^ It always sounds amazing. And I'm definitely saving this list to go through for recs that aren't already on my to-read list.

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Date: 2015-03-07 02:19 (UTC)
umadoshi: (sleeping on a book)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I can't see it happening this year, and alas, it's pretty far away for me--it'd probably make just as much sense to go to Nine Worlds in England or something (which...is also not happening this year, I think, although since we have a friend living there temporarily it has come up in super-vague terms). It's awfully tempting, though.

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