Happy New Year folks! With a new year comes a new load of books I want to read (that comes with every day really, but you don’t want to hear about that). Last year I completed my Must Read list and found it a brilliant tool to get through some of my much neglected books and help me out when I was stuck for a new read, so here’s a list of things I want to get read this year in Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
1) The Lord of the Rings
This one might seem a bit strange seeing as I’m a big fantasy fan, but I’ve never read the LoTR trilogy. However, I did read The Hobbit and I absolutely loved it, so I thought it was about time to catch up on these fantasy classics, mostly so I don’t feel like a fraud when I loudly proclaim my love of fantasy to the world.
2) Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Butler featured on my must read list of 2017 and so I read the first installment in her Xenogenesis trilogy and I loved it. This year I thought I’d pick up a stand alone book of hers so I wouldn’t feel bad for not finishing any series (I’ve still not finished her Xenogenesis trilogy and I feel awful). I decided on Kindred because it unabashedly discusses race, and after reading Ytasha L Womack’s Afrofuturism I need a bit more of that in SF.
3) La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials was the trilogy of my childhood. As a child I couldn’t understand why everyone around me loved JK more than Pullman, and after ten years of loving the series to the point of picking a whole module in uni just because Northern Lights was on the reading list Pullman has finally deigned to return me to my childhood. I got the book for Christmas and the only reason I’ve not read it is so I can use it as a motivational reward for finishing uni reading. I just can’t wait to read it.
4) Artemis by Andy Weir
I loved The Martian so much that I knew I’d have to follow Weir’s career as closely as possible. I’ve not read brilliant reviews of it, but let’s be honest after such a brilliant debut novel people are bound to have certain expectations. Despite the reviews I want to see for myself how Weir’s style has changed or not changed, not to mention the hardback edition is just beautiful so why not (I do judge books by their covers and I’m only occasionally wrong).
5) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
I could only avoid this series for so long really. Not only is Jemisin the first black writer to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel, she’s also the first author to win it consecutively for the same series. Not only is she inspiring and witty on twitter, The Fifth Season has an original and interesting post-apocalyptic premise that seems to fit exactly what I want in a book, so obviously I’ll be reading this.
6) Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Children of Time won the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016, which is when I bought it, and it has been gathering dust ever since. I’ve heard brilliant things about this book and I’ve been looking forward to a longer SF novel that I can really sink my teeth into.
7) The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
I’m quite excited to give this one a read, Wyndham never lets me down. Once I finish this I’ll have read all the Wyndham novels I own then I can move onto his short stories and just generally on to buying more Wyndham!
8) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
I put a Pratchett on my list from last year after having not read his stuff for a while. The Discworld series is one of my favourite fantasy series ever, but it is around forty books long so basically as long as I’m making these lists I’m going to have to put a Pratchett on there just to try and get through them all.
So there we go, hopefully over the next year I’ll have read and reviewed all of these books. Happy reading in 2018 folks!