Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.
Shanah at Bionic Book Worm really baked my noodle with this weeks topic.
I don’t actually read a great deal of sci-fi, I haven’t read a great deal of sci-fi and based on my TBR list I don’t intend to read a great deal of sci-fi.
It turns out this is a problem when asked for your top 5 books that are set in space.
However I am not one to shy away from a challenge but it does mean that I’ve had to tweak my selection criteria ever so slightly.
What’s odd about this though is that I friggin’ adore watching sci-fi TV shows and movies. I could give you my top 20 of Movies/ Shows Set in Space and still have more to spare so why oh why do I seem to have an aversion to sci-fi books?
Who hurt you Gerry? Who hurt you??
I can tell you exactly who did it…
Without further adieu let’s adjust our fuel packs and jet off into the stars.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book that I have read and enjoyed but this is on the list predominantly because it is my husband’s favourite. It also happens to be a firm favourite of his entire family.
When my husband’s dad died we actually buried him with a towel because everyone knows that a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.
A sci-fi book set in space that I have read!
Yes, ok. We all know I read it because it has links to fairy tales. Fine. Winter is the last in The Lunar Chronicles, a series with a sci-fi twist to a few fairy tales we know and love. Winter may not be my favourite in the series (Cress still wins that honour) but it’s still a very enjoyable book.
Aurora Rising isn’t even out yet so I have no idea whether or not I’ll even like it but I’m including it on my list because I have literally run out of options.
Remember when I said I tweaked my selection criteria? That’s right. Welcome to the rest of the list which is based on books I want to read rather than what I have read.
I haven’t read any Jay Kristoff books but I very much want to and as I keep hearing good things about his other work I have hopes for this one.
Hey, do you also remember that time that I said that I friggin’ adore watching sci-fi TV shows and movies? I hope you do because you would have read it about a minute and a half ago.
One of those movies that I love is Starship Troopers. The film is a surprisingly clever anti-military satire and while I’ve heard that the novel is problematic with little to no connection to the movies plot I’d still like to give it a go one day.
I really, really, really want to read Saga. Like… really want to read it.
Why haven’t I? Well I’ve heard things. Terrible things. By that I mean I’ve heard that this is an amazing graphic novel which is intelligent, horrific, sweet and funny all in good measure.
I’ve also heard that it’s incredibly heart-wrenching and I’m a little nervous it could break me.
So here are my top 5 books set in space. Two of which I’ve read and three of which I haven’t. For fun I’ve also included the very book that put me off books set in space in the first place.
So help me out here guys? What good stuff am I missing out on? Are there books set in space that have awesome plots and great characters and I’m just letting fear and frustration drive me away?
Will Saga actually destroy me?