Following my recent post about my participation in the Space Opera September readathon run by Thomas of SSF180, here is what I plan on reading this month to satisfy the challenges.
I’ve linked to each book’s Goodreads page so you can have a look and see what they’re about (no point me just copying and pasting all the info here). If you’ve read any of them and have a review you have written then please do let me know and I’ll check it out!
- Challenge 1: Read a space opera novella — Unlocks SHUTTLECRAFT
- For this challenge I plan on reading Martha Wells’ All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1). This novella is around 144 pages long so it shouldn’t take too long to read, and I’m yet to see a review where someone actually disliked the story.
- Challenge 2(A): Read two space operas by women — Unlocks FIGHTER
- I’ll be counting All Systems Red towards this goal due to time restrictions.
- The second book written by a woman author will be Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
- Challenge 2(B): Read a space opera by a diverse author featuring a diverse protagonist and/or major characters — Completing this Challenge switches your Rankings to Rebel Track; Unlocks BLOCKADE RUNNER (Rebel Track exclusive ship)
- I’m not too sure that I want to go down the Rebel Track at the time of writing this post, but if I complete all of the other challenges and have time left over at the end of September (not likely), I think I’ll have a read of An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, which had quite some hype when it was released in 2017. I believe the author is non-binary (please correct me if I am wrong) and I have seen their novel pop up on other people’s TBRs for this challenge.
- Challenge 3: Read a space opera published before you were born — Unlocks EXPLORER
- As I was born in 1997, there are quite a few options for this challenge. At the moment my plan is to read Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott, which was released in 1985.
- Challenge 4: Read a space opera 500 pages or longer — Unlocks DREADNAUGHT
- For this challenge, I will be reading Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this novel (and The Expanse series in general) – plus of course, there is a very popular adaptation on Amazon Prime at the moment (which I have yet to see). If I like this novel enough I’ll probably have a gander at the show, too.
And that’s my September TBR. I’m not sure which of these will be audiobooks instead of texts (at least one of them must be otherwise I won’t complete the readathon successfully), but if you keep an eye on my Twitter account you’ll find out when I make my decision.
Space Opera September also has its own Twitter and Goodreads pages, where you can take part in the coversation 🙂
I’m very excited to take part in this readathon, and will hopefully post a wrap-up at the end of the month. I’m also planning on writing reviews for all of these when I can.
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