To spice up the new year, I decided to take on a few challenges instead of setting personal, bookish, or blogging goals…
If you were around last year, you might have read me complain about the fact I am a layman when it comes to sci-fi, which always leads to me making a puzzled face and asking my old friend Google whenever someone mentions classics or theories I have never heard of. To avoid this problem, I decided to take part in both sci-fi challenges over at @ Sci-Fi and and Scary. They are fun, they seem pretty easy and if you’re a US resident you can win nice little gifts! If you’re like me, stuck in another country, you can just play for fun!
#1 Decades of Sci-Fi
From 1900 to our days, one book a month to live or relive some of what sci-fi had to offer through the decades. I love the idea of witnessing the development of the genre. You can choose to work through the challenge chronologically or out of order, you’re the captain. Also, Lilyn gives you the right to DNF two books at the 33% mark if something is just not for you.
Here are the books that made it on the list:
- In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells
- A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky
- Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
- What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Ubik by Philip K. Dick
- Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
- Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
- Blindsight by Peter Watts
I’ve had Ready Player One for a year so I can’t wait for… November 😂
#2 Wired into Sci-Fi
Find what suits you best between Dabbler, Dreamer, and Connoisseur and read as many stories as possible.
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
- Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1 by Douglas Adams
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
- Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
- Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
- Ring Around the Sun by Cliffard D. Simak
- The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
- The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
- When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie
- The Death of Grass by John Christopher
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
- The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
- Make Room! Make Room! by Henry Harrison
- Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- The Female Man by Joanna Russ
- Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Life by Gwyneth Jones
As a Dabbler, I’m aiming to read 10 books out of the 30 available.
Find the complete rules and let Lilyn know if you want to take part in the challenge by visiting her challenges page
#3 Beat The Backlist
I have already written a post about my participation in the Beat The Backlist Challenge here
I haven’t been able to make a list of all the books I really intend on reading because there are too many but I’m really excited about finally attacking my TBR to reduce it! I set the goal to 30 because my wish list keeps on growing no matter what I do, but if things go as planned, I might be able to double this number! (They say hope is the cure to everything…)
#4 Goodreads Challenge
My first year back on the reading wagon saw me reach 76 books read so I thought there was no harm in setting my goal to 50 instead of the 30 I had hoped for in 2016.
What challenges are you taking part in? Do you like the idea or do challenge rise up your temperature and make your head hurt at the thought of putting pressure on your favorite hobby? Tell me everything!