August TBR: Booktube SFF Awards Nominees

In an original twist of fate, I haven’t seen the beginning of this year swish by and I can’t believe it’s August already!

Shiny things in August

I’m really excited for this month: the Great British Bake Off is coming back in two days, shortly followed by Nine Worlds, my favourite geeky convention. If these weren’t enough to set me a-squee (they are), the BooktubeSFF Awards would certainly do it.

I started my booktube channel last October and just has it took me a while to find booktube in the first place, it has then taken me ages to find the BooktubeSFF, the science-fiction and fantasy loving section of the booktube community. But I did eventually find fellow SFF-focused booktubers, and I’m super excited to have found them now, just as the first BooktubeSFF Awards are kicking off.

Some excellent books were nominated for the inaugural awards, and from now until October, the organisers are holding readalongs to read & discuss all of the nominees over on Goodreads.

The August readalong will be focusing on these five works:

Best Adult Novel

The Martian by Andy Weir
I first read The Martian last year, and listened to the audiobook again in June, so I won’t be re-reading this one in August, but I’ll definitely participate in the readalong discussion.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I bought a copy of this book a while back on a bit of a whim, so I’ll be reading it as soon as I’m done with my current commute book. I hear it’s beautifully written, although very bleak.

Best YA Novel

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
I’ve just borrowed this book from the library, and I have high hopes for it. I haven’t read any Abercrombie before but I do enjoy a bit of grimdark, so there’s no reason I shouldn’t really like it.

Best Graphic Work

Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J Weibe and Roc Upchurch
I got an e-copy of this one in my Hugo voter’s pack and read it towards the end of July, so it’ll be fresh in my mind for the readalong.

Best Short Work

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
I’ve got this book on hold at the library & I should get my hands on it soon, though I’d like to read The Name of the Wind before starting this one. This is a character study type of piece for one of the characters in The Name of the Wind, so it doesn’t make much sense to read it on its own.

And a few more…

Apart from these, I also want to at least start The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson, because its sequel, Words of Radiance, is one of the nominees and a part of the September readalong. The only slight issue I might have with that is that the books are A THOUSAND PAGES LONG. EACH. Quite literally.

If I have any time left over for reading this month (which I rather doubt!!), I’d also like to start The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The third book, Cress, is nominated & we’ll get to that one in the September readalong, but I haven’t read either of the first two books, Cinder and Scarlet.


That is quite a list for a slow reader like me! Thank goodness I’ve got a plane ride or two planned this month…


Top Ten Books on my TBR for Summer 2015


I’m much more of mood reader than a seasonal reader, so this list of Summer Reads probably won’t be very summery (lots of space doom), but it’s always fun to take a snapshot of what I’m hoping to read in the near future!

After I saw the beautiful trailer for The Martian, I couldn’t stop thinking about the story and just had to listen to the audiobook again. I liked it just as much as the first time, despite knowing what would happen, and it still made me tear up in places. So now I’m in the mood for Sci-Fi, SCI-FI, and MORE SCI-FI.

Luckily I had three shiny Audible credits, so I treated myself to:

1. Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
I saw this one featured on Audible’s main page and I picked it up because Elizabeth at Books and Pieces recently gushed about it. Good enough for me! I’ve just started listening to it today & the moon’s already exploded. :)

2. Century Rain, by Alastair Reynolds
I asked for recent SFF recommendations on Twitter and this is one of the books that was mentioned. The blurb says it’s about a space archaeologist who rediscovers Earth. Yes, please!

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3. Space Chronicles, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Audible suggested this one to me and I hesitated approximately 0.415186 of a second. I love popular science books and I loved Neil Tyson when I heard him speak on various science podcasts. Also his twitter is pretty amazing.

Next, I want to read some of the books I’ve already got on my shelves as the unread books are piling up and guilt-tripping me into not buying new ones…

4. The Burning Dark, by Adam Christopher
This one is more space-horror than straight-up science-fiction, but it was recommended by my friend Nick Bryan, and I do have a copy at home. I just read & really enjoyed The Ghost Line, the new Elementary tie-in book that Adam Christopher wrote, so I feel good about trying one of his own titles. Also, check out the cover, I LOVE it!

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5. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Nothing says summer like a post-apocalyptic novel about an acting troupe, right? I bought this one a few weeks ago after George R.R. Martin recommended it, and I can’t wait to give it a go. I suppose at least in this one the Earth won’t be doomed, like in my first two selections! The cover design is so gorgeous that I really hope I love Mandel’s writing, just so I can get her other titles & have a matching set.

6. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks, by Sam Maggs
I pre-ordered this one & got it on the day of release. I’ve already rifled through & what I’ve seen had definitely made me smile. I’m not sure I need a handbook for being a girl geek or a fangirl, but I know this is the book of my people. I’m not going to read it straight away, I have a feeling I’ll need to add a bit levity to my summer reading if it gets too doom-and-gloomy.


7. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
I picked this up as an audiobook after watching quite a bit of Parks & Recreation recently. I love the show (and Leslie Knope of course!) so I was curious to read Poehler’s book. A lot of people on booktube really liked it so I’m looking forward to listening to this.

Finally here are three books I’ve been waiting to buy for a little while, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to contain myself when I go to Waterstones on Saturday to pick up another book I ordered for novel research…

8. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, by Julie Berry
A book about seven proper young ladies attempting to hide two murders and unmask a murderer? In a boarding school? In Victorian England? SIGN. ME. UP. Amazon & Goodreads both told me I should read this after I wish-listed & Want-to-read-ed Robin Stevens’ next Wongs & Wells book (which, incidentally, also comes out this summer) and it sounds about right. I’m very excited to dive into this, and it’s another one to cheer me up after all the space-death.


9. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
A brand new standalone based on Polish myth and folklore by the author of the Temeraire series!! I LOVE Naomi Novik’s writing and I’m not alone: Robin Hobb blurbed the book, Brandon Sanderson also said he loved it. I cannot wait. I’m dropping everything to read this the minute I get my grubby little hands on it. (So, Saturday.)

10. The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr. & Linda Antonsson
I’ve been putting off getting this Game of Thrones companion book until Season Five finished so that I would have something to read in the long dark months with no book or TV episodes. On the bright, no character we love will be brutally killed in the next ten months!


Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these & if you have any recommendations for me based on this list. If you do your own list, please link back to The Broke and the Bookish, who created and hosts Top Ten Tuesday.