Sunday, March 04, 2018

Update 0: Booktube SFF Reading 2018

It feels a little odd to share an update so soon after my first post about what I plan to read from the BooktubeSFF Shortlist. But hey, if I am going to reflect on how things go I need something to look back to!

Current Status
Total Works to Read: 0 of 14
Pre-Reqs to Read: 0 of 2

My plan for Week 1:
  • Start 2 titles for the March Readalongs (and hopefully finish one!)
  • Read 1 of the prereq books
  • Finish off any other science fiction and fantasy books I'm reading
  • Decide on if I want to buy The Bear and the Nightingale on Kindle or as a physical book

This is your basic clear-the-decks and make-a-start goals lists.

I think the first title I will dive into will be All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #1). This is a science fiction work that is about a murderbot that's not so great at doing it's job (disclaimer: that the description I've heard through the grapevine, the GoodReads description sounds totally different!). This is a short work, so I think reading it first will be a good kick start to the project. I am also toying with the idea of listening to it being narrated by my Echo. There is something a bit surreal and fun with this idea, although I’m not the best at listening to books. It’s also a bit different, because it’s not an audiobook per se, as it’s literally a computer reading a Kindle book. I think it might be an interesting experiment. That said, starting this project with an "interesting experiment" might be a horrible idea if it doesn't go well. We'll see!

Another book I want to get a start on is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, which is a 400+ page graphic novel. I've heard several people mention that this one takes longer to read, so I would like to get into it and see if I feel the same way. If it's going to take a long time, I will tab it off and work through it weekly during March. Or I might read the whole thing, who knows?

The Prereq I hope to read this week is Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files, #1), it is in interview format so I hope it will be a one-week read. I also am in the middle of The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Halderman, which I want to finish before diving into other works. I can read a lot of different books at the same time, but I find it's best to stick to one-per-genre at a time, especially science fiction, so that the ideas and concepts of each world stay separate.

If it's possible to get to another shortlisted title this week, I will dive into Borne by Jeff VanderMeer as that's one that I have available. I would love to get my hands on The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, but for some reason I'm stymied on whether to get the physical or Kindle edition. But by the end of the week I plan to have decided one way or the other. Wow. That's bizarre to PLAN to DECIDE something later. I should just decide now. Harmph.

There you have it. That’s my plan for this week. I am not sure if it's too ambitious or just right.  We'll just have to see how things go. What are you reading this week?

More info on: BooktubeSFF here and their GoodReads Group is here.

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