Sci-fi reads on Jords’ TBR list!


Our May box theme is Below the Surface

The book is a contemporary young adult sci-fi, which explores themes of trust, the power of your own voice, mental health and human interaction. This book has left a gaping hole in my life which I naturally need to fill with more sci-fi novels. Thus, I turned to my ever-trusty bookcase for my next read, and what I discovered was a bunch of unread sci-fi books, judging me for purchasing them and never picking them up.

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All my unread books to me

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So, here are my most anticipated sci-fi reads currently residing on my bookcase.

The Three-Body Problem: Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Liu Cixin and Translated by Ken Liu.

I picked this book up after it won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015. It’s the first in a trilogy written by Chinese author Liu Cixin. The english version is translated by Ken Liu.

I’ve only heard incredible things about this series, and in fact, I recommended it all the time in my Dymocks days. I felt comfortable giving this recommendation despite it being on my TBR for so long because the reviews are fantastic.

Now, I need to actually read it so I can add to the glowing reviews that surround this book!! Watch this space for updates!

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

You may have noticed that Mel and I went to the launch for the third and final book in this series, Obsidio. Well, this is where I picked up the first book in the series. Yes, I am a complete weirdo for attending an author event for a series I haven’t even read yet, but it’s been on my radar for quite some time.

Hearing Jay and Amie talk about their journey of writing together, the story itself and the bitter-sweet sorrow that comes with finishing a series, sealed the deal for me. I grabbed a copy and waited in line for almost two hours to get my book signed.

The format of the series is completely different to anything I’ve ever seen, and this has intimidated me to the point of not purchasing it, despite reading only glowing reviews about it. Now that I have it, and it’s a precious signed copy, I am still intimidated by the format but excited to get stuck into it.

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Australian author Claire G. Coleman has caught my attention with her debut speculative fiction novel Terra Nullius. It sounds part sci-fi, part speculative fiction, about the way our history could have gone. This book is shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2018 and it sounds right up my alley.

I have been searching high and low for the next Margaret Atwood-esque speculative fiction novel, and I think this might be it!

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A Corey

This book was recommended to me by a customer at Dymocks. Yes, a customer did my job for me. He was asking for a recommendation similar to this series, and told me I JUST HAD to read it.

When you get to book-nerd out with a customer who is just as passionate as you are about books, you listen to their recommendations. Not to mention, this series has been adapted for the TV series The Expanse which has fantastic reviews as well. As a person who mostly likes to read the book before watching the adaptation, I really need to get on with reading it!

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The Martian by Andy Weir

It’s still a surprise to me that I haven’t read this book yet. The main reason is because my sister has taken it and placed it on her bookshelf. Before then, it lived at my parents. But still. I have watched the movie (yes - before reading it! And, it was actually really good!). I have written an essay on it. I have referred to said essay in another essay. I have the audiobook edition. And yet, I haven’t read it! Why? Unclear. But I need to sneak it from my sisters, or listen to the damn audiobook ASAP.

And there you have it. Jords is a terrible impulse book buyer who will 100% reread Harry Potter again for the millionth time rather than pick up a new incredible read she’s had for literally YEARS. What is your favourite sci-fi book? (Jords clearly needs to add more to her ever growing pile).