Monday, November 06, 2017

2018: Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages

Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
Speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy = new is anything published after 2007; goal is 52 (39 new; 13 old)

January
1. The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online]
2. Reign the Earth. (The Elementae #1) A.C. Gaughen. 2018. Bloomsbury. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought]
5. The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof. Annie M G Schmidt. Translated by David Colmer. 1970/2015. Random House. 160 pages. [Source: Library]

February
6. Long Way Down. Jason Reynolds. 2017. [October 24] 320 pages. [Source: Library]

March
7. Brightly Burning. Alexa Donne. 2018. HMH. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
8. How To Stop Time. Matt Haig. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Neal Shusterman. 2018. 5014 pages. [Source: Library]
10. The City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. 2003. 270 pages. [Source: Bought]

April
11. Zucchini. Barbara Dana. 1982. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
12. Dory Dory Black Sheep (Dory Fantasmagory #3) Abby Hanlon. 2016. 156 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Dory Fantasmagory #4: Head in the Clouds. Abby Hanlon. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]

May
14. Exo. Fonda Lee. 2017. Scholastic. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
15. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley. Adrienne Kress. 2017. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
16. Who's a Pest? Crosby Newell Bonsall. 1962. Harper & Row. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
17.  Historical Cats. Peter Gethers and Norman Stiles. Illustrated by William Bramhall. 1996. 86 pages. [Source: Bought]

June
18.  The Traitor's Game. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 388 pages. [Source: Library]

July
19. The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate. (Princess in Black #5) Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2017. Candlewick Press. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
20. The Tea Dragon Society. Katie O'Neill. 2017. [Oct. 31, 2017] 72 pages. [Source: Library]
21. Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Collection. Scharles M Schulz. 2018. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
22. Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths. Graham Annable. 2018. First Second. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
23. Herland. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 1915/1979. 147 pages. [Source: Bought]
24. The Great Cheese Robbery (Pocket Pirates #1) Chris Mould. 2015/2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]

August
25. Pretties. (Uglies #2) Scott Westerfeld. 2005. Simon & Schuster. 370 pages. [Source: Library]
26. The Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]

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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
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  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
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