Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for May 28th, 2019 is: Favourite Books Released In the Last Ten Years. It’s very difficult for me to narrow down my favourites to just one per year, so I decided to instead share my TBR of books that have been shortlisted for the Nebula awards from 2009-2018.
Author: N. K. Jemisin
Genre: Science fiction and fantasy
Age Range: 18+
Published: By Orbit on November 27th, 2018
Content Warning: Racism, sexism, homophobia, violence and death
Format I Read: E-book
In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.
I decided to skip the Top Ten Tuesday prompt today because I wasn’t feeling it. While thinking of another idea for a blog post, I was inclined towards a recommendations post when it hit me that as someone who claims to love sci-fi, I don’t read a lot of it. This is especially true for the young adult bracket and even more so for books by diverse authors. In this post, I’m going to be sharing the top ten YA sci-fi books by POC authors (most are #OwnVoices) that are on my TBR.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 2nd, 2019 is: Top Ten Things That Make Me Immediately Want to Read a Book. I’m going to talk about my favourite tropes/elements in the sci-fi and fantasy genre in this post and also recommend one diverse book that uses a particular trope well.
The holidays are coming! I personally don’t celebrate but I love how generous people get around this time of the year. If you are doing some last minute shopping and need to get something for the special speculative fiction lover you know, I’ve put together a list of 10 books to choose from to make your job easier. I have picked out books that I think everyone will enjoy, but certain titles may not be universally suitable, in which case I’ve mentioned who might particularly like it. It is divided by age range and mostly contain books that have come out this year. I hope that this helps you to pick out the perfect gift!
Title: A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Genre: Young adult sci-fi fantasy
Published: By Sky Pony Press on September 4th, 2018
Title: Mirage (Mirage #1)
Author: Somaiya Daud
Genre: Young adult sci-fi fantasy
Format: Kindle e-book
Published: By Flatiron Books on August 28th, 2018
ISBN13: 9781250126429 (US Hardcover edition)
Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book for promotional purposes as part of a blog tour and this in no way influences my opinion
In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.