11.25.2016

Boy, my science fiction reading has been lackluster this year

Boy howdy, 2016 has not been a good year for science fiction reading. Out of the 24 books I’ve read so far, only eight were sci-fi. That’s only three more than what I read last year.

The list:

Kris Longknife: Mutineer - Mike Shepherd
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach
Legion of the Damned - William C. Dietz
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
Hunting Party - Elizabeth Moon
Sporting Chance - Elizabeth Moon
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler

It’s not like I don’t have good sci-fi books to read; I have an entire bookcase of them! The local public library has some good ones too, but I’ve been unmotivated to read any of them beyond the eight I already have.

I've always been more of a fantasy reader since I became a serious reader back in 2011. No idea why given that I have always heavily favored science fiction in other media. I think it's just because I'm a very picky reader in general and that makes it more difficult to find sci-fi books that I want to read. I know that there are tons of books out there that are widely acclaimed and "must-reads" but if I'm not into the story, I can't even force myself to read them. Add to it reading slump I'm currently in and I don't think this year is going to end well for the sci-fi side of things.

What I think I might do is pull any science fiction from the shelves that piques my interest even a little, then go through each one until I find one that hooks my attention. On the plus side, I did pick up a number of books recently that look like they might be good reads, so there's hope if not for this year, then the next.

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