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It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday post but today I'm doing a joint post for both Top Ten Tuesday and the Sci-Fi Month - which makes me feel as though I'm being extra productive! :D For anyone who's not a regular reader of this blog, the Sci-Fi Month is basically a month-long celebration of the science fiction genre that I'm taking part in at the moment. I've written two posts for this event so far: an Introduction post and a list of the Sci-Fi Films and TV Shows That I Want to Watch. After publishing that last post I then got to work on a list of the sci-fi books that I'd like to read and then figured that I might as well link it up with TTT since today's topic ("Ten Books I've Added To My To Be Read List") is a close enough match to that.
So below you'll find the Top 10 Sci-Fi Books That I Want to Read. Although I have made a bit more of an effort in reading more books from the sci-fi genre over the past couple of years, and will be knocking off even more during this month, there are still quite a few sci-fi books that I really want to read and these are...
1. Dune by Frank Herbert.
Dune is a classic space-opera novel and is generally considered to be The Lord of the Rings of sci-fi. This book was also a major influence on George Lucas when he was writing Star Wars: A New Hope which is the main reason why I want to read it. I'm a massive Star Wars fan and I've been really wanting to check out some of the biggest influences on those films (for example I also really want to watch the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa and to read Joseph Campbell's non-fiction writings on mythology).
2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
This book is set on Mars and is the first in a dystopian trilogy that I've heard a lot of good things about. A friend of a friend describes this book as being what would have happened if the survivors from The Hunger Games had then been "rewarded" with getting to live in the world of Game of Thrones. In space!
3. Steelheart and Legion by Brandon Sanderson.
The original trilogy of Brandon Sanderson's high-fantasy Mistborn books is now one of my favourite fantasy series ever and I can't wait to read more from this author! Sanderson has also written a couple of sci-fi works and both of them sound extremely interesting to me. Steelheart is the first in The Reckoners series which sounds like a truly fascinating blend of YA dystopian sci-fi and urban fantasy (a world ruled by evil supervillains!) and Legion is the first in a planned trilogy of sci-fi mystery novellas about a private detective with multiple personalities.
4. More Than This by Patrick Ness.
This book is a YA novel and is supposed to be the most existential of Ness's works. I became determined to seek out more from this author after reading Ness's brilliant middle-grade fantasy novel A Monster Calls earlier this year and I'm actually reading his dystopian sci-fi series Chaos Walking at the moment.
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the Great Lakes region of Canada and I've heard nothing but great things about it. In fact this book has received so much hype that I'm somewhat concerned that it won't live up to it! But, yes, I do still intend to give this one a read some day.
6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Outlander is the first novel in a hugely popular time-travel series that I've heard is both extremely gripping and romantic. However - as I was saying in my list of the Top 10 sci-fi films and tv shows that I want to watch - although I do really want to read the books I can see myself checking out its TV adaptation first as there are quite a lot of books in the series and they're all super long.
7. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.
I have John Green to thank for this one as I first found out about it when he said that it was his favourite time travel novel in this YouTube video. I then looked into this book a little bit more and I became even more interested! This book has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards and it sounds like such a fun and engaging romantic-comedy adventure type story. Come to think of it, I'm surprised that I haven't got around to it already!
8. A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install.
This is a book that I only found out about a couple of days ago (thanks to my friend Lianne over at Eclectic Tales) but I now really want to read it. Overall it sounds like such a sweet and whimsical story :)
9. Bloodline by Claudia Gray.
Bloodline is an official Star Wars tie-in novel, is set about five or six years before the events of The Force Awakens, and is focused on Leia Organa's character - which sounds pretty damn awesome if you ask me! :D
10. Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold.
This book is the first in a Hugo Award winning space-opera series called The Vorkosigan Saga and is yet another book that I want to read due to its Star Wars associations - because when I googled "Books similar to Star Wars" a few months ago this was one of the titles that came up :) To be honest it took me quite a while to get past the awful book covers in this series (I know, I know, I'm such a bad reader for letting covers put me off a book!) but after reading several good reviews I've finally been persuaded to give it a try.
So, what about you? Do you want to read any of these books yourself or have you already read some of them? :)