Ambitious as I was at the end of of 2018, I created a sci-fi and fantasy reading challenge with 52 prompts. I can tell you right away, I am never doing that again. I also picked some hard prompts which in a way was nice because challenging, but also so hard to find books for.
Down below we’ll be looking at seeing how I as organizer did with this challenge, and let me tell you, I had a hard time as well. After that I am shortly looking back on how the reading challenge organization went and things I’ve learned for hosting reading challenges this year.
Be A Generic Robot
|Over 800 Pages||Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon|
|Under 500 Pages||Red Sister by Mark Lawrence|
|Satire||Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman|
|Novella||Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire|
|Finish a Series||The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden|
|Mental Health||Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones / Bipolar|
|Disability||Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu|
|Published before 1990||The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells|
|Library||Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson|
|By a Woman of Color||Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa|
|One Word Title||Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones|
|Set in Africa||David Mogo, Godhunter by Suya Davies Okungbowa|
Be A Fire Breathing Dragon
|Classic Fantasy||Avempartha by Michael J. Sullivan|
|Magic School||Wundersmith by Jessia Townsend|
|Necromancers||Trinity of Bones by Caitlin Seal|
|PTSD||Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb|
|Dragon||The Silver Tide by Jen Williams|
|Fairytale Retelling||The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden|
|Grimdark||Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence|
|Ghosts||The Awakening by Amanda Stevens|
|Uncommon Fantasy Creatures||Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan|
|Shapeshifters||King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo|
|Gods||Firestarter by Tara Sim|
|Animal Companion||Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger|
|Matriarchy||The True Queen by Zen Cho|
|Set in Our World||The Fever King by Victoria Lee|
|Witches||Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie Liu|
|Magical Law Enforcement||The Barrow Will Send What it May by Margaret Killjoy|
|Thief||The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan|
|Pirates||The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie|
|Portal Fantasy||Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire|
|Warrior||Slayer by Kierstin White|
Be An Alien
|On a Different Planet||Second Star by J.M Sullivan|
|Space Ship||Artificial Condition by Martha Wells|
|AI Point of View||All Systems Red by Martha Wells|
|Utopia||The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guinn|
|Virtual Reality||Wildcard by Marie Lu|
|Hive||Hellstrom’s Hive by Frank Herbert|
|Steampunk||Cogheart by Peter Bunzl|
|Alien||Warp Gate Concerto by Dorian Graves|
|Superpowers||Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee|
|Science||To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers|
|Proto Sci-Fi||From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne|
|Replicate||Autofac by Philip K. Dick|
|Space Colonization||The Expanse 2 by James S.A. Corey|
|Time Travel||The Color of Paradox by A.M. Dellamonica|
|Mecha||Neon Genesis Evangelion volume 2 to 5 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto|
|Space Creatures/Beasts||The Outside by Ada Hoffmann|
|Teleportation||The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter|
|Space Western||The Expanse 1 by James S.A. Corey|
|The Moon||The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu|
|Invasion||The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu|
I find it interesting to see here that I mostly read 2019 books for this reading challenge. That was not initially in my plans for most of these prompts so I ended up being quite opportunistic with filling in some of the prompts if I happen to come across it in an arc as well. Other than that it is reasonably divided. I think the older books there are certainly more in the sci-fi genre than in fantasy.
The light green is sci-fi and the darker green is fantasy. Mostly I read more women in this reading challenge which is something that has carried over in all my reading this year. But with sci-fi it has been more 50-50%. Sci-fi is a harder genre to get well known in as a woman compared to fantasy, and I might not always come across lesser known female authors (and even non-binary ones) because I am not that into sci-fi as I am into fantasy.
And lastly the target group, wich is again not really a surprise. I have been reading more adult books in 2019 and it jsut makes sense that this would carry over in a reading challenge like this.
What I Have Learned
This is the first time I have really done one of these year long reading challenges. It stands to reason I would take some learning points from them.
First off I really missed a general place to talk to you guys. Creating a twitter group or goodreads group would have been a good thing I think. It would have been easier to share recs and ideas for all the different prompts. Quartly check-ins on the blog with you guys would have been good too I think.
Adding on to that I think this whole reading challenge was a bit too ambitious. I think I had too many prompts but also some of them were a lot harder to find a book for that I had given consideration too. I really struggled with finding books myself so I can imagine it was the same for you guys.
I also think I wasn’t too clear in my set of rules. I saw some read contemporary for the general area when it was meant to read sci-fi and fantasy for those as well. I didn’t say anything though because it is what it is. And people fill in reading challenges in whatever way they want to as well.
I am taking a lot of this on board for the reading challenges I am hosting in 2020. If you have any other feedback, please let me know? I tried to visit people but with my own life, depression and not always finding all the links it was hard for me to do so.
Please drop all your wrap up linkies down below and I will make sure to come visit you if I haven’t already!