Jenny and I had so much fun with our International Crime Month back in January that we’ve been looking for an opportunity to do another theme month, and it looks like August will be it. This time, we’ll be moving even further out of our world and devoting our reading time in August to science fiction and fantasy. We’re both fans of these genres, but we don’t read in them nearly as much as we used to, so we’re looking forward to spending a month exploring as many new worlds as we can (and maybe returning to a few old favorites).
I’ve looked through my TBR bookcase and wandered the SFF section of my library to pull a few books together. As usual, my hopes for what I’ll read are bigger than what I’m likely to manage, but I’m treating this stack, which you can see to the right as a pool from which to choose, not a commitment–and I’m not committing to pulling entirely from this pool either.
The books I’m most eager to read are the two Alan Garner books, which are an especially timely choice because the final book in this series, Boneland, is due to be published in August. I’m also definitely going to read at least one of the John Wyndham books. And I’m going to take The Sparrow to work with me because I’ve read it before and I enjoy rereading past favorites at lunchtime. The others I’ll read as I have the time and inclinations.
I’d really like to add some international books, as well as books by authors of color, to my pool. I’ve already put the Russian classic We by Yevgeny Zamyatin on hold at the library, and I’ll probably grab a copy of the first book in Octavia Butler’s Parable series next time I’m there. (I’ve probably checked that book out at least three times; it’s about time I read it.)
Other possibilities include something by one of the great classic authors, like H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. I’ve read Wells’s The Time Machine and War of the Worlds but nothing by Verne. It would also be great to squeeze in a good SFF anthology, but I’m not sure what my library has. And if that’s not enough (ha!), this seems like an excellent time to read Margaret Atwood’s book on science fiction, although I feel it might annoy me more than it will enlighten me. And maybe I’ll find another comic series to replace Fables, which I’m feeling lukewarm about these days. The library may well limit me there. They only have a couple of trade paperbacks of Sandman, for example, although it looks like they might be doing better with Y: The Last Man.
What are some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy novels? Do you have any recommendations for classics or international books? Books by authors of color? Great anthology or works of criticism? Graphic novel and comic series? As is typical for me, my ambitions are probably exceeding my abilities, but it is nice to have a large pool of options.