It's the BooktubeSFF time of year again! The shortlist was released a few weeks ago, and now that the readalongs have officially started I feel like it's time to share my plan for this year.
My 2018 Goal: Read the books nominated in the Science Fiction, Debut, Short Work and Graphic Work categories (and then vote on the awards!).
Is this ambitious? YES! Will I be able to do it? Only time will tell!
After much hmm-ing and haw-ing, I decided to go with reading the 4 complete categories of Science Fiction, Debut, Short Work and Graphic Work. Although I would absolutely love to read all seven categories (which also include Best Fantasy, Best YA and Best Middle Grade), I decided to pair down for a few reasons. One is simply volume. All of the tiles add up to 24 books, and Fantasy, YA and Middle Grade have many books that are later in series for which I've not even started. I have a feeling my chances of success dwindles when I need to read double the number of books to catch up with these series. So those book will go on my want to read list, but I will work on them after the awards.
This brings me to the opportunity to jump in at the beginning of series, with exploring the debut novels. It also just so happens that all the debut novels *are* fantasy, so if I pick debut and science fiction, I have both genres covered. Adding Graphic Works was pretty easy as they generally are faster reads and half of them I can get on Hoopla. Short Works were another easy in because they were either pretty available or pretty affordable. I also decided to go with trying to read entire categories, as opposed to just the books I was already interested in, as this will make me a more confident voter when it comes to the voting in June.
I am going to do my best to read the books to the schedules of the readalongs on Goodreads. That means I will be reading 4-ish specific titles a month, each month, for 3 months. That's a lot of books!
My 2018 BooktubeSFF Reading Plan
Total Works to Read: 14
Pre-Reqs to Read: 2
March 2018Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (Science Fiction)
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Debut)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Short Work)
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Graphic Work)
Everyone's an aliebn when your an aliebn too by Jomny Sun (Graphic Work)
April 2018Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (Science Fiction)
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (Debut)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Short Work)
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Graphic Work)
May 2018The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Science Fiction)
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (Science Fiction)
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (Debut)
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (Short Work)
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson (Graphic Work)
Pre-Req’s Still to Read:Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
There are so many titles in here that I’m excited for, and were on my radar before the shortlist was even announced. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is a fantasy novel that draws from Russian folklore and I’ve heard such great things about it. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris is a HUGE graphic novel that is all done in pen and looks absolutely fascinating. Add to that books like Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, which wasn't even on my radar but looks like so much fun!
There are also some more challenging works here too, I have a feeling I might not be a super fan of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty looks interesting, but it's quite long and I wonder if I will be fizzled out by May. A few of the science fiction books are second in series, so I still have to read the first book first, and I hope I enjoy them enough to want to read the shortlisted book! All that said, I feel committed to the decisions I made of reading entire categories, because I feel that I will be a more confident voter if I do. And there could be treasures lying in wait that I may not have read otherwise!
One thing I hope to remember during this process is that I want to have fun, enjoy awesome books and engage in great conversations. I hope to chat about the books as a part of the readalongs in the Goodreads Group, and many of the people I enjoy watching on YouTube are reading along with the shortlist this year including Anita Lind, Beck's Books, Dee from Books and Quirks, Amy from Zoe Beck and I’m sure I will find many more as time goes on.
I hope to update here and on my YouTube channel regularly with how my reading experience is going, from getting my hands on the books to planning out the reading, to of course how I feel about the actual books! Bring on BooktubeSFF 2018! I think this is going to be a really fun experience.
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