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2012 Literary Twitteratrix Reading List

Epigram from LIFT

Noticing the sad lack of women on the end of year best-of lists, being one of those women who will likely never make one of those best-of lists and becoming suddenly enchanted by the quirky, witty and wickedly concise women writers on Twitter, I decided to build a reading list for next year.

Don’t get grumpy, boys. I’ll read your books too. In fact, I already mostly read your books and I need to fix that.

Here though, is a list of women who are active on Twitter and with the exception of just a couple of books, all were published in the last year or about to be published in 2012. Special thanks to @missliberty for really helping me bolster this list.

Will I be adding to the list? Yes.

Will I be reviewing books? Er. Um. Sort of? I’m not much of a reviewer, but I’ll certainly share why I wanted to read the book, what I love about the author’s Twitter stream and what it was about her book I enjoyed.

So here it is’ I’ll link them to posts as I read them and comment on them and feel free to add your thoughts, ideas, links to your own reading lists in the comments.


  • To The River, Olivia Lainge @olivialanguage
  • Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma @NovaRen
  • Tethered, Amy MacKinnon @AmyMacKinnon
  • Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King @AS_King
  • Rin Tin Tin, Susan Orlean @SusanOrlean
  • Swords Point, Ellen Kushner (Audiobook @ACX, @NeilHimself Presents) @EllenKushner
  • Other People We Married, Emma Straub @emmastraub (Feb 2012)
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed (March 2011) @CherylStrayed
  • Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Megan Mayhew Bergman (March 2012) @mayhewbergman
  • The Lola Quartet, Emily St. J. Mandel (May 2012) @EmilyMandel
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D, Nicole Bernier (June 2012) @NicholeBernier
  • Notes from the Underwire, Quinn Cummings (2nd book forthcoming Sept 2012) @quinncy
  • Blueprints for Building a Better Girl, Elissa Schappell @elissaschappell
  • Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride @TeamDamnation
  • Bad Marie, Marcy Dermansky @mdermansky
  • The Report, Jessica Francis Kane @jessicafkane
  • The End of Everything, Megan Abbott @misssaragran
  • Dog Town, Elyssa East @elyssaeast
  • The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown @eleanorwrites
  • Love at First Bark, Julie Klam @JulieKlam
  • Only to Deceive, Tasha Alexander @talexander