SciFiMonth 2019 – TBR

After Wyrd & Wonder in May, I love to join Imyril from One More and Lisa of Dear Geek Place in SciFiMonth! This is an annual celebration of science fiction during the whole month of November. Imyril posted a prompt list I’m going to use to make a couple of SF-themed posts. This first post of the month features four science fiction books I definitively want to read. Before continuing a confession: I’m actually not a huge science fiction reader. My favourite genre is fantasy. By participating in SciFiMonth I hope to find more SF-books to put on my TBR-list!

SciFiMonth - TBR

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I actually wanted to read this book for the Hogwarts House Battle readathon. When I heard about SciFiMonth, I decided to save it for November. This book is described as feel-good science fiction and the diverse cast of characters is often praised. The third part, Record of a Spaceborn Few, is actually the book chosen for the SciFiMonth read-along. If I like The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet I also want to read the rest of the trilogy.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
This book is on goodreads tagged as both fantasy and science fiction, according to the reviews it can be both. Because it’s set in post-apocalyptic Africa (and I really want to read it this month) I will count the book as science fiction. The main character is Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue. Her mother is one of the few surviving members of an Okeke village that was attacked by Nurus. Onyesonwu’s father is a Nuru who brutally raped her mother.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The main character of this book is Catarina, a gene-hacking genius. She lives in a world where people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. Her father is a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But he is kidnapped and may or may not be killed.

Artemis by Andy Weir
I actually wanted to read The Martian, but for some reason they don’t have it at my library. They did have this book from Andy Weir. Artemis is about a heist on the moon. So that does sound interesting too!

15 thoughts on “SciFiMonth 2019 – TBR

  1. Good luck with your TBR! I wanted to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet too, but I don’t own a copy of it, so I decided to go with books I already own instead. Maybe if I blast through my TBR I might be able to get around it 🙂

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  2. I loved The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, it was such a good, addictive read! I hope you like it too. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Who Fears Death, I’ve been meaning to read that book for ages.

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    1. I’m in the middle of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and I really love it! Who Fears Death was on my TBR for quite some time, but recently I found the book for just a few euros. I’m looking forward to reading it!


  3. Great TBR! I LOVE The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and I hope you will as well. There is just something so very charming and wonderful about Becky Chambers’ imagination. I am hoping to get to the third and final book in the series for this readathon but I am very awful at sticking to TBRs.

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  4. I hope you love Long Way! It’s one of my favorite books and I think has such an optimistic view of the future, plus it’s nicely diverse as well. Hope you have a great SciFi Month! 🙂

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  5. Hallo, Hallo!!

    Finally able to travel through the blogosphere and visit with everyone taking part in #SciFiMonth – I’m the other half of the team hosting the #SpacebornFew RAL? I was on the fence about how to move from #smallangryplanet into #SpacebornFew until Lisa and Imyril helped me sort out that actually in all technicality if you finish #smallangryplanet it makes better since to read this one rather than the second novel. Apparently due to the time-lines and the continuation of how this one shifts forward straight after they reach the ‘angry planet’ so to speak. I admit when I had the audiobook playing in my ears I was beyond lost – but that was half due to the fact I had forgotten how #smallangryplanet ended.. .so I’m back-listening to those last chapters, finalising my 3rd post for last year’s RAL (you can find them on my blog if you want points of reference and/or discussion points as your reading through it for the first time?) before moving into posting for #SpacebornFew. *whew!* Sounds more complicated than it is but with a bit of world advice from Imyril I feel more comfortable about where we are in the world itself.

    I really loved how Chambers approached writing her characters and how she allowed them to be themselves – there is a lot of forward progression towards the acceptance of people’s unique personalities and their inherent differences (wells for the most part, there are a few spates and some people just rub each other wrong same as in our realities here) – to where you can happily find a rather diverse cast in the stars! That’s part of the draw for me – the only downside (as you’ll notice on my blog) is the heaviness of strong language… but I approached the RALs (both years) as reading outside my comfort zone and challengning myself to just enjoy the experience with the characters and the universe they live inside. Towards that end, I’m quite happy.

    You’ll find I’ve been populating my blog with #SciFiMonth goodies – especially overnight, as past my #WWWeds TBR s/o of the week, I also revealled a back-post spotlight for Jennifer Silverwood’s Heaven’s Edge Indie Space Opera novella series and archived the first #SatBookChat #SciFiMonth chat which she was featured inside. I also posted my own participation post by creating a 10 #BookishNotBookThoughts of a Sci Fi Geek post using the prompts for a book tag and included some TBR Spine Poetry, too.

    You’re welcome to join us for the #SpacebornFew RAL or if you want to find my posts from last year, you can find the original discussion tweets on those posts and respond in real-time this year to carry on the convos if you’d rather take your time to get into where we are now.

    I rely on my libraries too, which is why I was happy with what I found in OverDrive (ie. the spine poem!) – I tried to find some stories in Scribd but so far I’m contemplating listening to the other RAL of the hour which is The Sparrow. The Martian was on my TBR a few years back during the event but for whichever reason I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I love stories set in space so it was definitely a big draw! I also watch a lot of Space films, too and that one just felt similar to why Space Cowboys and others like it appealled to me — especially anything that dips into cautionary tales and how we tend to get ahead of ourselves and run into proper pickles when we’re exploring the cosmos.

    Happy to find one of our #WyrdAndWonder participants also loves #SciFiMonth!! 🙂 Welcome aboard and I look forward to reading your thoughts as you share them!!

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    1. Hi!

      Thanks for your comment! 😊 I didn’t know that it made more sense to first read Record of a Spaceborn Few, so I already started A Closed and Common Orbit. But I don’t regret it, so far I really like the book! I hope to read Spaceborn Few, but I’m not sure if I will be able to it this month. They don’t have the book at my library (yet), so I can’t borrow it. I may buy the whole trilogy, though, because the books are definitively worth rereading.

      I also love the way Becky Chambers wrote the characters. It was amazing to read how the character not only accepted each other, but were most of the time also mindful of the differences.

      I am looking foward to reading all your posts for #SciFiMonth! And I hope you will love Spaceborn Few!

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      1. I hadn’t either to tell the truth – (about the order of the books) as that is something I learnt this year. I’m borrowing the audios via my library as I regularly read a copious amount of books for #SciFiMonth through my libraries so I do understand. You can ask them to purchase it for you? I do this regularly for the books which are missing from the card catalogue when I’m not requesting audiobooks for OverDrive. ILLs (inter-library loans) used to be easier but that’s always an option as well in case you couldn’t get the full trilogy yet. I decided not to listen to Spaceborn Few via Scribd (which I recently have back in my life – love it!) as I had to listen to the 8th Kay Hunter first and happily found it at the library… so I do understand why you have to wait to read certain books.

        It is that mindfulness I wish we could see more IRL and have better progression towards fuller acceptance across divides.. it is lovely when authors write this into their stories and try to get the conversation re-started.

        Thanks! I look forward to your visits on my blog!

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