Banner credit: This year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.
Even though I’ve spent half the past month thinking it’s already November, it is at last here and with it comes the epic event that is SciFiMonth, organised by the delightful Lisa at Dear Geek Place and Imyril at There’s Always Room For One More. Last year was my first time participating as I’m a relatively new SF lover, but I had so much fun I couldn’t wait for it to come back around. And it’s their 10th year!
However, November is also NaNoWriMo, and though I am not actively participating or aiming for a final word-count by the end of the month, I am using it to push me into the first proper draft of my novel since outlining it, with the goal of finishing that by December. I am nervous and excited, and hope my brain manages to keep it together. This means that I’ll be reading less, and probably won’t post a whole amount, since work is also intense from here until the end of the year, so I’m focusing mainly on novellas and audiobooks to get my SciFi fix:
Before I resume my adventures in the Expanse universe, I wanted to catch up on the short stories set before book 3, Abaddon’s Gate. These are Drive, The Butcher of Anderson Station, and God of Risk. Then I want to finally read the novellas I won in last year’s giveaway because I feel it’s a disgrace I haven’t picked up Premee Mohamed’s works yet, so I’m planning to read The Annual Migration of Clouds and These Lifeless Things. There are two others in this bundle by other authors, and depending on my reading pace I may pick them up to… And because I need a physical book to carry around with me to avoid social interactions I’m going to read The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi because it’s perfect carrying size and also looks delightful!
The other day, on a whim, I decided to start listening to Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray, a Star Wars novel about Qui-on Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’ve never picked up any Star Wars novelisations because I’ve been intimidated by the volume of them and never knew where to start, but since this was on BorrowBox I thought I’d try it. It is delightful and so wonderfully narrated. I already plan to pick up Dooku: Jedi Lost next!
Knowing me, it’s entirely likely that my TBR will derail when I finish the God of Risk short story, decide I need more of The Expanse in my life, and dive straight into Abaddon’s Gate but I will do my best to stick to my plans. Sadly I’m not joining this year’s read-along, because even though The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers can stand alone I want to enjoy the series in order at my own pace… it’ll be very tempting to read everyone’s discussion posts though, so I must be strong! But I can’t wait to add a million more books to my TBR thanks to everyone’s posts!