Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Ten Books I’m Thankful For
I did this a couple of years ago for Sci-Fi Month and decided to revisit it again as I’ve read some excellent science fiction since. And as a tad bit of a twist to this week’s topic, I decided to go with sci-fi books I’m thankful to have read. I tried to keep it as books that I’m thankful but not necessarily that I absolutely loved, but you know how it is, your favourites sneak in anyway 😉
In no particular order:
- Frank Herbert’s Dune books (see author tag) — One of the early sci-fi novels I read, it continues to stay up there as one of the top sci-fi books I’ve ever read. The societal concepts, the themes that it tackles, the politics involved…The series is fantastic. As an aside I had hoped to finished reading the series in time to review it for this year’s Sci-Fi Month (long story, I only read the first three books prior to this year) but alas, got too busy. In the meantime, stay tuned to the rest of the week as I will be posting reviews from books 2 to 4 xD
- Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Hilarity + British sensibility + science fiction + a very sad robot named Marvin who has all of the best lines? Definitely thankful this book exists and that I got around to reading it.
- Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review) — Goodness, how did I not read this book sooner? It’s epic, it’s sci-fi all around with all of the ideas that it includes, and yet at the heart of the story is about the characters, told in good ol’ Canterbury Tales fashion. Defnitely thankful that I got around to reading this book.
- Jules Verne’s books — I often forget actually that I did read his books when I was growing up–and then caught up with some of the other books of his that I hadn’t read a few years ago–but his books were very formative for me in terms of the imagination that his stories bring and just the concepts of science fiction from a 19th century perspective.
- Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns series (see author tag) — I will always be thankful to have finally gotten around to reading this series as it filled the hole in my heart left by favourite space operas like Babylon 5, Dune, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 🙂
- John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (review) — Really enjoyed the premise of this novel and am thankful to finally have gotten around to reading it a few years ago as I always heard about it but never got around to reading it, lol!
- Issac Asimov’s Foundation (review) — Another classic that I’m so thankful to have gotten around to reading. It was a little different than I had expected but nonetheless I’m happy to have finally read and thankful that I did.
- Hannu Rajaniemi’s Jean la Flambeur trilogy (see author tag) — To be honest hard science fiction isn’t really my thing, it usually becomes more about the science than about the story and the characters and I still need the latter to really enjoy the book but this author does such a good job in presenting such crazy complex ideas but it’s still pretty easy to follow the story.
- Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag) — Forever and ever will I be recommending this trilogy because Devi Morris is a badass and scifi stories featuring badass women always makes for a good read 😀
- Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (review) — To be honest it took me a second read of this novel to really appreciate the book for what it is about and the themes it tackles. Plus, Kazuo Ishiguro is just brilliant, so…
And that’s my Sci-Fi Month-esque list for this week’s TTT! What books are you thankful for? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂