This is My Genre Tag: Science Fiction

What do you do when the post you had planned for today is taking a lot longer to put together than originally anticipated? Tweak the schedule, of course! My friend Jamsu @ Jamsudreams tagged me in the genre tag last week and what perfect timing that was for me. If you aren’t already following Jamsu, I recommend checking out her blog – she writes great and succinct reviews and reads a lot of fantasy/paranormal romance, and is lovely!

I am not sure who created this tag originally so I cannot provide credit, This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek and you answer the questions provided about your favorite genre. I chose science fiction… Perfect for Sci-fi Month! Let’s get into it…

🌌 What is your favorite genre?

While I adore a handful of genres, science fiction and many of its sub-genres hold a very special place in my heart.

🌌 Who is your favorite author from that genre?

My immediate thought will always be Kurt Vonnegut, because Slaughterhouse-five is the book that opened my mind to books other than literary classics and effectively changed my reading life.

More recently, I have become an utter fangirl for Emily Suvada and Neal Shusterman. Both of these authors have landed on my automatic read list, and you should read their books, too! In case you missed it, check out my spoiler-free reviews of The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman and This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.

🌌 What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back? 

I love the imagination of science fiction: the exploration, the contemplation, the innovation. You can read 7 reasons that I love science fiction here!

🌌 What is the book that started your love for that genre?

I read Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut during my senior year of high school and was blown away that a gloriously weird book about aliens and war could be so full of meaning. That was the catalyst for sure, but when I picked up The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut I think I was fully converted. I loved seeing the SH5 tralfmadorians in their own narrative, and it honestly led me to read everything Vonnegut wrote. That slowly expanded to Chuck Palahniuk (up until Choke, sorry Chuck).

I didn’t read much in my twenties, but by the time I turned 30 I was reading voraciously again… and more widely than ever before!

🌌 If you had to recommend at least 1 book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading this genre, what book would you choose and why? 

Honestly, it really would depend on the person and the kind of books they were looking for, because science fiction is so broad and covers so many topics! While I LOVE infection stories, those without an interest in science won’t find it as interesting.

Here’s a series of recommendations because your girl is extra as hell. If you are looking for a book about…

…a speculative future of America, check out 1984 by George Orwell or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

…a mysterious virus, check out This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (bonus for tech-heavy) or Contagion by Erin Bowman | 📖 REVIEW

…space exploration, check out Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (bonus for horror elements) or Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall | 📖 REVIEW

…a powerful story set in space, check out Mirage by Somaiya Daud | 📖 REVIEW

…time travel, check out UnHappenings by Edward Aubry | 📖 REVIEW

…simulation theory, check out The Game is Life by Terry Schott | 📖 REVIEW

…aliens, check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

🌌 Why do you read?

Ultimately I read for pleasure and escape. I love diving into worlds that are different from our own yet are rooted in the possibility of our society given plausible technological advances. It is possible humanity will destroy Earth and need to terraform Mars, and there are books like Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda that are set in the aftermath of that reality. I enjoy the “what if” question that is at the heart of every science fiction tale, and what the authors imagine.

🌌 Tagging

Destiny @ Howling Libraries  |  Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall  |  Norrie @ Reading Under the Blankie  |  Melanie @ meltotheany  |  Kayla @ Books and Blends

As always, no pressure if you have already done or are not interested in doing this tag, but I’d love to see your answers! If you haven’t been tagged and want to do this one, consider yourself tagged!


spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!

 

40 Comments

  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    November 20, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Awesome answers Kaleena!! I’m going to try and get this one done for next week.
    Thanks for tagging me!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:35 AM

      You are welcome, and I can’t wait to see the genre you choose & your answers!

  2. meltotheany

    November 20, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Awh, I love this tag so much! And you picked so amazing amazing answers (and good books)! I feel like I’ve been slacking on Sci-fi so much this year, but I can’t wait to do this tag anyway! Thank you, love! And I hope you’re having happy reading! ❤️xx

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM

      Thank you so much, Melanie, and I really enjoyed writing this post! I can’t wait to see which genre you choose and happy reading, love!

  3. BiblioNyan

    November 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Excellent tag! And I got a lot of amazing SF recommendations too. 🙂🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:37 AM

      Aww yay, I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to pick up! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      1. BiblioNyan

        November 24, 2018 at 4:33 PM

        You’re welcome! ♥

  4. jamsu

    November 20, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    I mostly read alien books so I don’t think I recognize any of these. Thank you so much for recommending my blog. That was so sweet of you <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:38 AM

      I really want to say that one of these books has aliens but that’s a huge plot twist and I don’t want to spoil anything ahaha. I love your blog, of course! Thanks for tagging me, sweets.

  5. Norrie

    November 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Love the recommendations 😀

    I’m trying to think of my first sci fi read, but I’m not really sure what it was…

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM

      Thank you!

      I am sure I probably read something when I was younger but I just don’t remember.

  6. Tammy

    November 20, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    I have to agree, I love how diverse science fiction is, in terms of sub genres. There really is something for everyone:-)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM

      You are so right in that there’s something for everyone! It is really a shame that it has the stigma it does because it is such a beautiful genre of writing.

  7. trufflereads

    November 20, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Such a good tag! I love Neal Shusterman as well and I started the first chapter of This Mortal Coil so I’ve gotta get into it again next month 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:41 AM

      I just bought Scythe and am excited to read more of Shusterman’s work! I hope you enjoy This Mortal Coil as much as I do!

      Oh and while I have you… I can’t reply to posts on your blog. I have been trying for a week or so and I always get an error; I wasn’t sure how to reach out to you but I guess this works, hehe. I have things to say but haven’t been able to!

      1. trufflereads

        November 22, 2018 at 7:37 PM

        I loved Scythe! and omg I’m so sorry, I’ve had issues with that. I can only recommend to comment through wordpress reader :/ when people comment on my blog it usually is just waiting to be approved too but I’ve been told you sometimes get an error. There’s some stupid bug in the comment box so you need to put inyour email, site etc its so annoying. Im SO SORRY.

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          November 23, 2018 at 2:42 PM

          Thanks for the tip on going through the reader! And no worries, I just wanted to make sure you knew.

          1. trufflereads

            November 28, 2018 at 9:15 PM

            I’m so sorry it’s not working properly, it pains me so much!

  8. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    November 20, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Thank you for the tag, love! <3 This one looks like so much fun. I don't read a ton of sci-fi but hearing you talk about it always makes me want to pick up more!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:42 AM

      You are so welcome, and I look forward to your post if you do it… I bet your genre will be horror?!

      1. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

        November 23, 2018 at 9:30 PM

        Haha either that or fantasy, it’s hard to pick which one I prefer!

  9. Zezee

    November 20, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Really enjoyed reading your answers, especially since sci-fi isn’t a fav genre of mine to read, however I do love to watch sci-fi movies and TV shows. I plan to explore more sci-fi novels eventually though.
    (Btw, the tag was created by the Tattooed Book Geek. 🙂 )

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 20, 2018 at 4:47 PM

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! I did a lot of digging but couldn’t find it. I really appreciate you letting me know Drew created it — adding in the credit!

      It’s funny now because honestly I grew up loving scifi movies and tv, but was so snotty about reading it??? Younger Kal was silly. I hope you find some good sci-fi reads!

      1. Zezee

        November 25, 2018 at 6:22 AM

        You’re welcome! 🙂 No prob. It’s a good one he created.

        Lol! I totally understand. I think we’re conditioned to think genre fiction is of poor quality compared to literary fiction. I think that’s why most folks never even try it.

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          November 26, 2018 at 7:30 AM

          You are totally right about being conditioned to only read literary fiction (hello, school reading!), but it is such a shame because there’s some amazing genre fiction out there that touch on those themes just as well!

  10. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    November 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    This Mortal Coil is ON HOLD. Just so you know, I’ll be squawking on Discord if I go down the fangirl hole with you and drown.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:42 AM

      GOOD this pleases me greatly.

  11. Kelly Brigid

    November 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    This is such a neat tag, and I love your answers, Kaleena! <3 You've seriously made me want to read This Mortal Coil so badly! Haha. I adore Shusterman, but still haven't read that one by him yet (I really need to get to it!). And I definitely agree with your recs of Mirage and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! <3

    Thanks for tagging me, love! 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:44 AM

      Thanks so much, Kelly! Shusterman is so good and I am equal parts glad and mad no one was screaming at me to read his work! It was nice to kind of discover him on my own on a whim with a backlist tile. Please read This Mortal Coil!

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  14. Greg

    November 21, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Fun tag! I love Contagion type stories haha (loved that book BTW). I am definitely going to have t check out Pitch Dark!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:51 AM

      Definitely recommend Pitch dark, it was a really scary story for sure! My review for it will go up sometime next week… once I write it. Hehe

  15. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    November 22, 2018 at 6:19 AM

    I have never read Kurt Vonnegut, if you can believe. But Choke was my first Chuck Palahniuk and unsurprisingly it was my last as well. I think I will stick to the ones that are converted to movies henceforth. Fun tag though.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      November 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

      Oh man Choke was terrible. I actually read a little bit of Snuff and Haunted and DNF’d both of them, and gave up. Which is a shame, Invisible Monsters by him is actually my favorite (more than Fight Club).

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        November 23, 2018 at 12:23 AM

        I DNF-ed Fight Club too. It was so hard to get into it.

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