It’s alive! #RRSciFiMonth

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes ‘X’

And, given that November marks the start of Sci Fi Month 2016 – I’ve gone for sci fi reads.  Here’s my top ten (and, yes, there are a lot of good books not on this list but I had a limit!)  A mix of classic novels and recent additions to the genre so hopefully something here for all:

  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  5. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
  6. Dune by Frank Herbert
  7. The Time Machine by H G Wells
  8. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  10. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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57 Responses to “It’s alive! #RRSciFiMonth”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like your choices, there is a good balance between classic and new ranging from Dune to Red Rising. Well done, indeed 🙂

  2. literaryhues

    I love these! I’ve always been interested in sci fi and Ready Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline are my absolute favourites. I’ve tried starting Red Rising but couldn’t get the hang of it yet so I switched to a different book for the time being. But this is such a great list! More books to add to my TBR 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I tried to come up with a mix. One of the biggest surprises for me on here was Flowers for Algernon which is a completely compelling story. I loved Ready Player One.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ll be honest, sci-fi is one genre I read the least amount of but I’m trying to remedy that. I bought The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet a few months ago and plan on reading it soon. I’ve heard great things about Red Rising so I should probably make time for it too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m the same – that’s why I take part in a couple of events – even if I read 3 or 4 books a year they all add up. There’s this sci fi event – usually followed by another similar one at Stainless Steel Droppings during December and then Vintage Sci Fi in January (Little Red Reviewer). On balance I probably like the Vintage sci fi event the most as it means I get to read some classics too.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    Great list! It is certainly hard to narrow down such a broad subject, but you picked some good ones. And hooray for Sci Fi Month!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a good few more books I could have included but was trying to go for a good mix of young and old.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary)

    I did mine in honor of sci-fi month too! And we only have one book in common on our lists 🙂

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    I am 100% going to take some recommendations for my RRSciFiMonth TBR from this post! 😂

    Can you believe that I still haven’t read The Long Way…, The Martian, OR Red Rising? Shame on me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – you’ve got lots to look forward to then. I think you should start with the Becky Chambers – I’d love to see what you make of Long Way – it’s more like a series of episodes really but very good.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Louise

    I completely loved Ready Player One, and Red Rising is waiting on my shelf. I had no idea November was sci-fi month. Great list 🙂

    My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, you should stop on over to Rinn Reads and check it out – it’s good fun and absolutely no pressure at all.
      Lynn 😀

      • Louise

        Thanks, I’ll definetly go and have a look 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Excellent – hope you manage to join in – there’s a great community spirit with the whole event.
        Lynn 😀

  8. Lauren @ Always Me

    So many good choices! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yay! Looking forward to all your sci-fi coverage 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, well, ahem – I need to line up some books!!!
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      haha – well, I really do need to get organised but I’ll get there eventually!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    I really enjoyed The Day of the Triffids, it’s got such a creepy premise.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great book. I have another of Wyndham’s waiting to be read – Chrysalids – which I’m really looking forward to.
      Lynn 😀

  11. mervih

    Great list! I’ve read about half of the books on your list. Loved the Martian and The Long way, and Flowers to Algernon. I’m looking forward to what you’ll come up with during Sci-fi Month! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve picked out a few books that I like the look of so hopefully I’ll fit them all in.
      Lynn 😀

  12. sjhigbee

    I’ve never read Flowers for Algernon or Ready Player One, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the others:). I definitely need to read Flowers… I’ll make it a priority for next year’s reading list, I think. thank you for sharing this.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Flowers for Algernon – it really had an impact on me. I hope you get chance to read it, I would love to have your view.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – it’s been on my radar since forever, but I’ve been a tad overwhelmed with my NetGalley experience this year, which has been wonderful. But still… there’s these OTHER books I also want to read!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, I feel like we’re all in the same boat with Netgalley – it’s great, but just so tempting! I’m determined to catch up – but I do hate seeing books that I want and having to behave – it doesn’t suit me!!
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        *sigh* Oh, I know! And it really HURTS to let a book slide by because I know I’ve reached my limit…

  13. Lisa @TenaciousReader

    I’ve read and loved six of these, guess I have flour more I need to check out

  14. Greg

    I’ve never read Day of the Triffids but the movie freaked me out as a kid. 🙂 And I definitely want to read A Long Way.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Day of the Triffids is a great book – I’ve been told that Chrysalids is also very good by the same author so I’ve picked up a copy of that one to read. A Long way is a really good book – I hope you get a chance to pick it up.
      Lynn 😀

  15. ChrissiReads

    I keep intending to read Ready Player One! Great list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Ready Player One – particularly because of all the references, I’m sure a whole bunch of them went over my head but there were so many in there that I still had plenty to enjoy.
      Lynn 😀

  16. pagesandtea

    Great list 🙂 I have The Martian and Red Rising on my TBR pile. Which one did you enjoy most?
    I also requested The Long Way… from the library AGES ago so might have to buy that one.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I would say Red Rising – although they’re both good, but so completely different. I suppose it depends on your taste. Red Rising quite often is compared to The Hunger Games – I can see where people are coming from in terms of the contest that takes place but other than that they’re really very different. The Martian has a lot of great humour and is a story of one man’s survival when he’s left behind on an expedition in outer space I guess you have to like the humour involved but it is very popular so most people clearly do. On balance I’d probably go for Red Rising.
      I hope you get to read The Long Way – the second book has just been released and we’re planning a readalong in December – if you fancy jumping on board there’s a sci fi readalong group over on Goodreads. Ill be posting something soon, if you want the link let me know. The more the merrier.
      Lynn 😀

      • pagesandtea

        Thanks for the info!
        Both books sound really good but Red Rising sounds like it might be the one for me to try first. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games books so if it’s a little bit similar to those then I should be in for a great read (don’t know why I haven’t tried it sooner 🙂 )

        I’d love to check out your readalong group, sounds like it could be fun!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Cool – this is the link for the Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/160153-sf-f-read-alongs
        At the moment there’s the Becky Chambers book planned for December and a Jacqueline Carey readalong coming to a conclusion but if you check out this site you can see what’s coming up next or make suggestions for books you fancy reading.
        Lynn 😀

      • pagesandtea

        Thanks for the link, I see the group reads fantasy too, another one of my favourite genres. This could be fun 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        I hope you jump on board and make some suggestions as well. We’ve read quite a few fantasy books as well on there.
        Lynn 😀

  17. Lindsay

    I’m a bit of a newbie to sci-fi, but the more I read the more I want to read! I loved “Red Rising,” “Ready Player One” and “The Martian.” I’m hoping to get to “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” soon and I added a couple of the older books you mentioned to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Very similar to me then – I usually try and find what I like to call ‘soft sci fi’ books that I think I will be able to get into easily. The Small Way is really good, it kind of reminds me of Star Trek in the it reads almost like a series of small episodes that eventually take you to the final story. If you get a chance to read it you might be interested in the readalong for book two – planned for December. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll send you the link.
      Lynn 😀

  18. Avada Kedavra

    Martian, Ready Player One, Time machine are all my favorites too. I did not like Time traveller’s wife though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      TTW can be a divisive book. I thought it was a really good concept but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
      Lynn 😀

  19. @lynnsbooks

    You should join in. It’s lots of fun, for me, it makes me pick up a couple of books that would normally be outside my comfort zone, and there’s absolutely no pressure.
    Lynn 😀

  20. Rinn

    Yes, excellent excellent choices! My book group has actually read quite a few of these together 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Funnily enough, even though I don’t think of myself as a sci fi reader – I realised when I was doing this list that I’ve read a lot more than I think.
      Lynn 😀

  21. Lauren @ Always Me

    The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Martian, and Ready Player One are some of my favorites!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I never expected to enjoy Ready Player One and yet I loved it.
      Lynn 😀

  22. jessicabookworm

    I also loved The Martian, The Day of the Triffids and The Time Traveler’s Wife 😀

  23. Annemieke

    The Time Machine is an interesting read but I wasn’t a fan of The Martian. I really want to read The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet. Like really need it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed LWtoSAP – I hope you enjoy it too.
      Lynn 😀

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