Worlds Without End does an annual challenge for 12 reviews of 12 books in 12 months. Last year the category was women authors of speculative fiction, and this year you get to pick your challenge – from award winners to sequels to master works.
Women authors is an available category, but seeing as how reading twelve dude authors would actually be more of a challenge for me, I chose to combine it with the authors of color challenge.
I’m trying not to do any repeats, though it’s tempting to stick with heavy hitters like Hopkinson, Butler, Jemisin, and Okorafor. Since I don’t read much young adult at all and I sway towards literary fiction, it wasn’t easy to come up with a dozen selections, just due to numbers. But I did:
- The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord
- Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler
- The Salt Roads, Nalo Hopkinson
- Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
- The Shadowed Sun, N.K. Jemisin
- Servant of the Underworld, Aliette de Bodard
- The Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto
- Redwood and Wildfire, Andrea Hairston
- Ash, Malinda Lo
- The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo
- The Between, Tananarive Due
- The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee
And now I guess I’ll be learning how to write a book review that doesn’t include words like “fuckcakes.”