Recently the 2021 Hugo Awards finalists were announced. And I saw quite a few familiar names pass me by. Books I read, books I still want to read. I figured this was as a good a year as any to have a go at reading the most of these finalists. Having read more of the options will give a better idea of which of the books or stories I’d like to see win.
The pretty red banners are from DisCon III. They tweeted these during the announcements.
For the Lodestar Award I’ve read 3 of the 6 books already. A Deadly Education, Raybearer and Cemetery Boys. All three last year. I recently bought A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking as ebook and I should read Legendborn in April for the mythothon.
I hadn’t heard much about Elatsoe. I might or might not read this. I’m going to have to think on it a bit. But for now I am putting it on my list.
Here I have read two at the moment. Network Effect and The City We Became (technically still reading but shh). I’ve never read anything by Susanna Clarke before but I think I might read this one. And of course I want to read Black Sun. Harrow the Ninth and The Relentless Moon are sequels of which I haven’t read the first book so I am not sure if I’ll read those books anytime soon.
Once again I’ve read two here. Come Tumbling Down and Riot Baby. Ring Shout and The Empress of Salt and Fortune I want to read of course. I haven’t heard much about the other two. But I think I will give them a try for sure.
I’ve read none of these short stories but I think I want to read them all of I can find them. I did search them out as most of these are free online and have linked those below. I might just make a day for these during Wyrd and Wonder in May.
I am once again not familiar with the stories here though I do recognize Aliette de Bodard of course. As I was looking though I saw there was a lot of controversy about Helicopter Story.
Series is always hard but I still wanted to give it a look. I am up to date on The Murderbot Diaries. I am halfway through October Daye and I need to read the last book in the Poppy War trilogy. I want to start Lady Astronaut and have heard little of The Interdependency. As for the Daevabad trilogy, I’m unsure if I want to contine the series at this point.