What do you do when the post you had planned for today is taking a lot longer to put together than originally anticipated? Tweak the schedule, of course! My friend Jamsu @ Jamsudreams tagged me in the genre tag last week and what perfect timing that was for me. If you aren’t already following Jamsu, I recommend checking out her blog – she writes great and succinct reviews and reads a lot of fantasy/paranormal romance, and is lovely!
I am not sure who created this tag originally so I cannot provide credit, This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek and you answer the questions provided about your favorite genre. I chose science fiction… Perfect for Sci-fi Month! Let’s get into it…
🌌 What is your favorite genre?
While I adore a handful of genres, science fiction and many of its sub-genres hold a very special place in my heart.
🌌 Who is your favorite author from that genre?
My immediate thought will always be Kurt Vonnegut, because Slaughterhouse-five is the book that opened my mind to books other than literary classics and effectively changed my reading life.
More recently, I have become an utter fangirl for Emily Suvada and Neal Shusterman. Both of these authors have landed on my automatic read list, and you should read their books, too! In case you missed it, check out my spoiler-free reviews of The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman and This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.
🌌 What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
I love the imagination of science fiction: the exploration, the contemplation, the innovation. You can read 7 reasons that I love science fiction here!
🌌 What is the book that started your love for that genre?
I read Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut during my senior year of high school and was blown away that a gloriously weird book about aliens and war could be so full of meaning. That was the catalyst for sure, but when I picked up The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut I think I was fully converted. I loved seeing the SH5 tralfmadorians in their own narrative, and it honestly led me to read everything Vonnegut wrote. That slowly expanded to Chuck Palahniuk (up until Choke, sorry Chuck).
I didn’t read much in my twenties, but by the time I turned 30 I was reading voraciously again… and more widely than ever before!
🌌 If you had to recommend at least 1 book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading this genre, what book would you choose and why?
Honestly it really would depend on the person and the kind of books they were looking for, because science fiction is so broad and covers so many topics! While I LOVE infection stories, those without an interest in science won’t find it as interesting.
Here’s a series of recommendations because your girl is extra as hell. If you are looking for a book about…
…a speculative future of America, check out 1984 by George Orwell or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
…a mysterious virus, check out This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (bonus for tech-heavy) or Contagion by Erin Bowman | 📖 REVIEW
…space exploration, check out Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (bonus for horror elements) or Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall | 📖 REVIEW
…a powerful story set in space, check out Mirage by Somaiya Daud | 📖 REVIEW
…time travel, check out UnHappenings by Edward Aubry | 📖 REVIEW
…simulation theory, check out The Game is Life by Terry Schott | 📖 REVIEW
…aliens, check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
🌌 Why do you read?
Ultimately I read for pleasure and escape. I love diving into worlds that are different from our own yet are rooted in the possibility of our society given plausible technological advances. It is possible humanity will destroy Earth and need to terraform Mars, and there are books like Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda that are set in the aftermath of that reality. I enjoy the “what if” question that is at the heart of every science fiction tale, and what the authors imagine.
As always, no pressure if you have already done or are not interested in doing this tag, but I’d love to see your answers! If you haven’t been tagged and want to do this one, consider yourself tagged!