Before we headed off to WorldCon, Lucy asked our twitter followers to suggest a book written by a woman for some great free merch. Not only did we get some brilliant single recommendations, we also received an incredible list of 100 underrated books!

This list was so good we thought we should share. If your reading list is looking a touch anaemic, never fear, we’ve got you covered! While we might argue with the ‘underrated’ category on a few of these, they are great suggestions nonetheless. The list is beautifully diverse – spanning hundreds of years and including authors from across the globe.

If you enjoy this list, please say a huge thank you to Kris of Cloaked Creators (and read the blog, of course!) and be sure to follow them on twitter @hammard_1987.

  1. The Rift by Nina Allan
  2. What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  3. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
  4. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  5. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
  6. Crashcourse by Wilhemina Baird
  7. H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
  8. Borderline by Mishell Baker
  9. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  10. Cold Forged Flame by Marie Brennan
  11. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
  12. Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan
  13. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  14. The Rule of Luck by Catherine Cerveny
  15. Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas
  16. The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho
  17. Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman
  18. Coexist by Julia Crane
  19. Moondial by Helen Cresswell
  20. Daughter of the Drow by Elaine Cunningham
  21. Dreadnought by April Daniels
  22. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
  23. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  24. Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
  25. Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma
  26. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  27. Chlorophyll & Gasoline by S.J. Flemming
  28. The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
  29. Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler
  30. Lais of Marie de France
  31. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
  32. Trafalgar by Angelica Gorodischer
  33. Moonshine by Jasmine Gower
  34. Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
  35. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  36. Pilgrimage: The Book of the People by Zenna Henderson
  37. The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
  38. Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
  39. Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
  40. The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe by Kij Johnson
  41. Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
  42. Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones
  43. Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree Jr.
  44. Thorn by Intisar Khanani
  45. Food of the Gods by Cassandra Khaw
  46. Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  47. An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King
  48. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
  49. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
  50. Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress
  51. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  52. The Leopard Mask by Kaoru Kurimoto
  53. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
  54. Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence
  55. Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing
  56. Supernova by Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari
  57. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  58. The Mummy! by Jane C. Loudon
  59. Warcross by Marie Lu
  60. Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  61. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
  62. The Ship who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
  63. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  64. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  65. No Woman Born by C.L. Moore
  66. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  67. Hav by Jan Morris
  68. Star Man’s Son by Andre Norton
  69. Thus were their Faces by Silvina Ocampo
  70. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
  71. Infomocracy by Malka Older
  72. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  73. Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny
  74. Witchmark by C.L. Polk
  75. Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack
  76. Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn
  77. Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson
  78. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
  79. The Adventures of Alyx by Joanna Russ
  80. Tomoe Gozen by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  81. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
  82. The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent
  83. Queen of the States by Josephine Saxton
  84. The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia
  85. Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  86. Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh
  87. Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
  88. A Door into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
  89. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
  90. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
  91. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  92. Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
  93. Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift
  94. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
  95. Anamchara: Beginnings by Nisha Vyas-Myall
  96. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  97. The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  98. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  99. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede
  100. A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright

Apologies for any typos – 100 books is a lot to type out! Thanks again to Kris for the recommendations. I don’t know about you, but my TBR pile just groaned…