Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Salon- June's Accomplishments, July's Goals

So, I hope you saw Friday's post about the Europa Challenge and will head over to the blog to join up. It's going to be great!

Last month I did "Books I've Always Meant to Read," and got a fair way through my backlog of older reads that I've been putting off in favor of recent releases and review books. I had some time to listen to audiobooks as well, which helped me check off extra things, like The Lost City of Z and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Of my print books, my favorites were probably Assaf Gavron's Almost Dead and Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo. I weeded my bookshelves last week, rediscovered some buried treasures and made another list of "Meant to Reads" for the next time. Edward P. Jones's The Known World is at the tip-top.

You may have noticed the new banner on my blog; I have another challenge that I've set for myself for the month of July. Apart from two Europas and my monthly Booker read, I'm going to read all science fiction this month. I have a very ambitious reading list and while I know I won't finish all of it, I'll at least make a dent! My (flexible) list includes
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu (just finished),
  • Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod, 
  • The Wind-up Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi (reading now),
  • Big Machine, by Victor Lavalle,
  • The Alchemy of Stone, by Ekaterina Sedia, 
  • Yellow Blue Tibia, by Adam Roberts (yes, I know the title is a Russian pun),
  • The Stone Gods, by Jeannette Winterson, and
  • Embassytown, by China MiĆ©ville.
See, there's no way I'm going to finish all these books, but I'm going to do my best to try! Have you read any of these? What do you think of them?

Today? Today I'm reading the Bacigalupi I'm enjoying it so far although it's really different for me. It's rather violent and also very sexually explicit, two things I don't normally go out of my way for but that's okay. This week, to kick things off, Mr. Boston Bibliophile will share his list of recommended science fiction/fantasy "beach books" for your light sf reading pleasure. And in a couple of weeks we'll both be off to Readercon to pick up more ideas- and more books!

Have a great Sunday! More Sunday Salon here.