T5W: SFF Books on my TBR

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A large part of my ever-growing TBR is science-fiction and fantasy books. I could probably put together a top 10, a top 25, possibly even a top 50 list of sci-fi & fantasy titles I want to read one day! For the purposes of this list I’ve focused on the 5 SFF books I’m hoping to read within the next six months.

1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
This book, a historical fantasy loosely based on the legend of the Children of Lir and “The Six Swans”, wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago when a friend with similar tastes in books gave it five stars. Curious, I looked it up on goodreads and found that a few other friends had also given it five stars! I put a lot of weight in personal recommendations from people who know my reading tastes, and this friend is one of those people. Recently she’s also read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic and the Six of Crows series. When I commented on how much I was enjoying a book she had just finished, The Bear and the Nightingale, she replied, “You will looooove Daughter of the Forest, then!” I definitely enjoy books that feature mythology or folklore and this seems to fit the bill, so it’s been moved up the tbr!

2. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
This book about a royal bastard who begins training as an assassin has been on my tbr list for a few years now and I’m determined that this will be the year when I finally get to it! Assassin’s Apprentice has been highly recommended by some friends on goodreads who have similar tastes, and recently I’ve read a few positive reviews of Robin Hobb titles by book bloggers that I follow. I even own a copy already thanks to a friend who moved to New Zealand and left me a bag of her favourite books, so I have absolutely no excuse for not getting to it!


3. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
The first two books in Robert Jackson Bennett’s Divine Cities trilogy, City of Stairs and City of Blades, are among my favourite books of all time, so I’ve been looking forward to this third volume, which will be published in May, for ages! Each book has had a different protagonist, and this time it’s Sigrud je Harkvaldsson, the 6-and-a-half foot former bodyguard of spy Shara Komayd. I loved Sigrud in the first two novels of the series and am looking forward to getting his perspective in City of Miracles! If you’re interested in reading this series at all (and you should be) don’t read the goodreads summary for City of Miracles though, because it has some pretty heavy spoilers for the first two books.

4. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
This series is centered around Breq, a lone soldier on a distant planet who was once the Justice of Toren – a huge starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. I finally got to Ancillary Justice, the first book in Ann Leckie’s science-fiction trilogy, in January, and I was really impressed by how refreshingly unique it was, how intelligent, and how well written. Since then, my current reads have been pretty solidly booked, but I can’t wait to pick up Ancillary Sword and continue this fabulous series!

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go is one of my wonderful friend Rachel’s all-time favourite books, which is honestly enough of a recommendation on it’s own, that’s how important her opinions on books are to me, but I’ve also seen it rated highly by other bookish friends. I remember the release of the movie, but never actually got around to watching it so I can even read the novel relatively spoiler-free! I’ve been trying to  avoid reading too much about the book, so about all I know is that it’s a dystopia that involves cloning and organ donation in some way. I’m looking forward to giving it a try!

What science-fiction & fantasy books are at the top of your TBR?

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