Sunday, November 04, 2018

2019: Speculative Fiction, All Ages

Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
Speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy = new is anything published after 2000; goal is 24 (12 new; 12 old)

January
1. Very Rich. Polly Horvath. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library] *features time travel
2.  Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library] *animal fantasy, talking animals
3. Children of Jubilee. (Children of Exile #3) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] *science fiction with aliens and space travel
4. The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought] *talking animals, animal fantasy
5. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library] *golem made of soot
6.  Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought] *set in the future
7. Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library] *features talking animals
8. The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library] *alternate history
9. Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy] *mythology
10. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy] *animal fantasy or talking toys
11. Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012/2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages. [Source: Review copy] *supernatural/mythology
12. Annelies. David R. Gillham. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library] *alternate history

February
13.  Escape from Egypt. (Time Jumpers #2) Wendy Mass. 2018. [October 30] 96 pages. [Source: Review copy] *time travel
14. The Princess Bride. William Goldman. 1973/2003. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
15 Ruled Brittania. Harry Turtledove. 2002. 576 pages. [Source: Library]
16. Time Jumpers #3 Fast-Forward to the Future. Wendy Mass. Illustrated by Oriol Vidal. 2019. Scholastic. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]


March
17.  The Truth About Martians. Melissa Savage. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
18. Stepsister. Jennifer Donnelly. 2019. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

April
19. A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories. Joan Aiken. Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. 1968. 108 pages. [Source: Bought]
20. Dealing with Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) Patricia C. Wrede. 1990/2015. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
21. Searching for Dragons. (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #2) Patricia C. Wrede. 1991/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 239 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. Dune. Frank Herbert. 1965. 687 pages. [Source: Library]
23. Aunt Dimity's Death. (Aunt Dimity Mystery #1) Nancy Atherton. 1992. 244 pages. [Source: Library] *ghosts
24. Eyes Like Stars. Theatre Illuminata #1) Lisa Mantchev. 2009. 352 pages. [Source: Library]

May
25. The Tempest. William Shakespeare. 1623. 127 pages. [Source: Bought]
26. Perchance to Dream. Lisa Mantchev. 2010. 341 pages. [Source: Library]
27. Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2001. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]
28. The Marvelous, Amazing, Pig-Tastic Gracie LaRoo. Marsha Qualey. Illustrated by Kristyna Litten. 2018. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
29. Mercy Watson to the Rescue. (Mercy Watson #1) Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. 2005. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
30. Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride. (Mercy Watson #2) Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. 2006. Candlewick Press. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
31. The Girl in Red. Christina Henry. 2019. Penguin Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]

June
32. Queen of the Sea. Dylan Meconis. 2019. Candlewick Press. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
33. The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe. Ally Condie. 2019. 328 pages. [Source: Library]

July
34. Knights vs. Dinosaurs. Matt Phelan. 2018 [October 23] 160 pages. [Source: Library]
35. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]
36. Knights vs. Monsters. Matt Phelan. 2019. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
37.The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully #1) Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. 2011. 120 pages. [Source: Library]
38. The First Misadventure. (Chicken Squad #1) Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. 2014. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
39. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken. (Chicken Squad #2) Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. 2014. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
40. Into the Wild. (Chicken Squad #3) Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. 2016. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
41. American Royals. (American Royals #1) Katharine McGee. 2019. Random House. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
42. We Set the Dark on Fire. Tehlor Kay Mejia. 2019. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
43. Dragon's Fat Cat (Dragon #2) Dav Pilkey. 2019. (1992) Scholastic. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
44.  Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off (Pug #1) Kyla May. 2019. Scholastic. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
45. The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) Margaret Peterson Haddix. Illustrated by Anne Lambelet. 2019. 416 pages. [Source: Library]
46.  A Friend for Dragon. (Dragon #1) Dav Pilkey. 2019. Scholastic. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
47. Lovely War. Julie Berry. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library]

August
48.  A Time  Traveler's Theory of Relativity. Nicole Valentine. 2019. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
49.  The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood. 1985. 344 pages. [Source: Library]
50. Eventown. Corey Ann Haydu. 2019. 328 pages. [Source: Library]
51. The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1937.  320 pages. [Source: Bought]
52. The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 423 pages. [Source: Bought]
53.  The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages.
54.   The Return of the King. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1955/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 440 pages.

September
55.  The Rule of One. Ashley and Leslie Saunders. 2018. 258 pages. [Source: Library]
56. Max Tilt: Fire the Depths (Max Tilt #1) Peter Lerangis. 2017. HarperCollins. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
57. The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat Adventuring Cat. Caroline Adderson. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. 2019. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
58. The Lightest Object in the Universe. Kimi Eisele. 2019. 325 pages. [Source: Library]


October
59. On the Beach. Nevil Shute. 1957. 296 pages. [Source: Library]
60. Max Tilt: 80 Days or Die (Max Tilt #2) Peter Lerangis. 2018. 416 pages. [Source: Library]

 
November
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