Backlist Breakdown | Science Fiction & Fantasy

One of the reading goals I have for 2019 is tackling some of the backlists books on my TBR list. It’s arguably one of the most futile ideas I’ve ever had since I add new books almost daily, but I am stubborn enough that I think I’ll be able to at least put some kind of dent into it, somehow.

I read quite widely – romance, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and fantasy, young adult, comic books/graphic novels – and each of those genres has their own sub-genres and TBR pile. (Can you tell that I really love organization?) So over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to breakdown each of those TBR piles and pick the books that I really want to read from each of those genres before the end of this year.

First up, science fiction and fantasy. I’ve loved the genre of sci-fi/fantasy for as I can remember and I really haven’t read a lot in the past year or so and not only do I want to read more sci-fi/fantasy, I also really want to read a lot of the books that have come out in the past few years.

So let’s break it down.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Broken Earth Trilogy and The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin

Witchmark by C.L Polk

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Nine Fox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older

A Darker Shadow of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

The majority of these books are part of a series which isn’t uncommon to this genre. It’s actually one of my favourite things about it. Not only do you get to spend more time with these characters that you’ve gotten to know in the first book, but you also get to see this explosion of creativity and world-building that you don’t really get to see in any other genre.

The two full series that I’ve listed come from N.K. Jemisin. I am a huge Jemisin fan. I absolutely love her work and the worlds she’s built in her other novels. What I really want, and ideally, to do is to read through both series one right after the other. I literally bought each of the books in the Broken Earth trilogy as they were published but didn’t dare read them until the last book debuted because I wanted to experience the series as a whole, and not to have to wait long periods of time until the next book came out. So it’ll likely be some of the first books I tackle on this list.

One thing that I’ll note is that I haven’t included sci-fi/fantasy books that fall into the young adult genre on this list, arguably because it’s pretty much a list of its own. The world of YA science fiction and fantasy is a huge subgenre and one that is continuously expanding, and one that deserves to be tackled in its own right, which is what I’m planning to do. So look out for that soon.

What are your favourite science fiction and fantasy novels that have been published in the last few years? Which ones do you highly recommend? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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