Sci Fi & Fantasy Week on Goodreads

Thank you, Goodreads, for adding to my TBR list, she says sarcastically, slightly grumpily trying to find some of said new additions at her local library with varying degrees of success.

I didn’t realise that Goodreads did these genre weeks until I saw Mark Lawrence and V.E.Schwab posting about something on twitter. Even then I didn’t really engage. I primarily use Goodreads for recording the books I have read this year and the dates read. As far as my TBR list goes, it’s effectively useless. I have over 300 books on my to read shelf, and the books I’m reading are not on the shelf.

Anyway, I digress. The Sci Fi & Fantasy Week 2018 is a blog page celebrating the weird and sometimes wonderful world of sci fi and fantasy literature. There is a top 50 Sci Fi list, a top 50 fantasy list, a best sci fi & fantasy of 2018, a most anticipated list – you get the gist, a lot of lists, a lot of fab books. These list pages are great, but I always end up adding another dozen books to my TBR list!

It’s my own fault really – I clicked on the link for the Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018 after all…I wasn’t all that surprised at the ones I have read on that list – Circe by Madeline Miller, Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence, Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers ect. I had previously heard of Naomi Novik through Uprooted, which I have yet to read. Her second novel is called Spinning Silver, and both fairytale retellings seem right up my street! I keep seeing the Red Rising series coming up again and again on my recommendation feeds – I’ll have to give the series a try, but I may wait until all instalments of the series are out to avoid a Book of the Ancestor situation (where I am waiting for Holy Sister, patiently). The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal also sounds interesting – about a new version of the space race as the need to vacate Earth’s atmosphere becomes paramount to survival.

In the Most Anticipated Fantasy and Sci-Fi reads post, only the wonderful V.E.Schwab’s new book Vengeful, sequel to superhero-medical-students-turned-enemies Vicious, caught my attention. I was surprised that her graphic novel Steel Prince wasn’t also on that list – or maybe I’m just eagerly anticipating that one.

For Top 50 Fantasy Books of Goodreads, I was reminded that American Gods by Neil Gaiman is waiting to be read, and that there were many other Gaiman novels I had yet to read. I have added to my list: the Golumn and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (one of my colleague’s favourites); The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley sounds quite cool, with Arthurian legend from the perspective of the women; and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

A fair number of me nodding in agreement, and a fair number of me scribbling the title down to check against the library catalogue. I added more than five to my list, but it’s ok, I like having options. Lots to read!

Are there any on this list you think I should prioritise? I am restricted by the library, but if i can get a book, I’ll read it.

Bea

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