A Badass Back Half for 2018

Listen, it’s been a bit of a rough year. Yes, I started off strong reading 10 books in the first month and a half, riding the high of a New Year’s resolution and telling myself I wouldn’t drop the ball for the bajillionth time. Alas, here I am, with only a few books under my belt for the year.

But no more! I started this blog to get my ass in gear. Here’s the goal list I’m going to work through – mostly science fiction with a bit of fantasy thrown in:

Part 1: The “Catching Up on Brilliance I Didn’t Read Last Year” List

  1. New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
  3. Noumenon, by Marina J. Lostetter
  4. The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi
  5. Weave A Circle Round, by Kari Maaren
  6. Under the Pendulum Sun, by Jeannette Ng
  7. An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King
  8. Clade, by James Bradley
  9. The Power, by Naomi Alderman
  10. The City of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty
  11. Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway
  12. Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
  13. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
  14. Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  15. All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai
  16. The Stars are Legion, by Kameron Hurley
  17. The Prey of Gods, by Nicky Drayden
  18. Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
  19. Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer
  20. The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherin Arden
  21. Sea of Rust, by C. Robert Cargill
  22. Gilded Cage, by Vic James

Part 2: The “Catching Up on Books I Should Have Read Years Ago” List

  1. The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard
  2. Planetfall, by Emma Newman
  3. The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab
  5. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan
  6. Golden Son, by Pierce Brown
  7. The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, by Rod Duncan
  8. Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
    1. Red Mars
    2. Green Mars
    3. Blue Mars

Part 3: The “Reading All The Books I Keep Buying This Year” List

  1. Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells
  2. Everything Belongs to the Future, by Laurie Penny
  3. Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson
  4. Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell
  5. Amatka, by Karin Tidbeck
  6. Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente
  7. Robots vs Fairies, by Various
  8. Artemis, by Andy Weir
  9. Senlin Ascends, by Josiah Bancroft
  10. The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander

Part 4: The “Reading Some of The Older Books Collecting Dust” List

  1. Ubik, by Philip K. Dick (I’m embarrassed I’ve never read this)
  2. Gateway, by Frederick Pohl
  3. Robot Visions, by Isaac Asimov
  4. Farnham’s Freehold, by Robert A. Heinlein
  5. The Masks of Time, by Robert Silverberg
  6. Three Heart and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson
  7. The Jewels of Aptor, by Samuel R. Delany

Read on!

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4 Thoughts

  1. So, nice list and all, but.
    What are the concrete steps you are taking to help yourself read more? Do you have any sort of plan of action?

    1. Good question! I’m devoting Monday and Wednesday nights, and my full Saturday’s to reading – started two weeks ago and I’ve averaged 3 books a week since then. Right now, my goal is 2 books a week through the end of the year, but it’s looking like I should be able to keep up with 3.

      Any suggestions?

      1. Heck, that is a fantastic. That’s about as concrete as it gets 😀

        My only question would be, how much tv or social media do you consume? If you don’t know, take a week and count the time. For me, I’m only on wordpress but even then, I’ve figured that the time I spend online here is worth about 2 books a month. But that is worth it to me because I’m so introverted in the real world…

      2. I haven’t watched any TV for about a month, and don’t spend too much time watching movies. Honestly, I’m loving the books I’ve been reading and haven’t wanted to do anything else!

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