Happy almost-September. Today I want to talk about all the books I’m going to read for Space Opera September, a readathon hosted by Thomas at SFF180.
During the readathon, I’ll be reading books to unlock ranks and ships along a set track. My goal is to become a space pirate!
The readathon lasts the entire month of September.
For the specifics – rules, prompts, tracks, rankings, prizes, etc etc, check out the announcement video:
For the rank that I want to achieve – Space Pirate – I have to read four books and complete the following prompts:
1 – Read a space opera novella
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – I’m very late to this train. I’ve heard this series is good and it seems like something I’d gravitate towards, so I’m hoping I like it. My buddypal Katy @BookbinderWay will be lending this to me (thanks friend!)
2b – Read a space opera by a diverse author featuring a diverse protagonist and/or major characters
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Really, this readathon should be named, ‘Emily reads all the backlist books that she should have read years ago’. Again, hopping on this train. I believe this book has lgbt+ rep, but correct me if I’m wrong so I can swap it out.
3 – Read a space opera published before you were born
Kesrith by C. J. Cherryh – I was born in 1990, and this book was first published in 1978, so perfecto. I have the bind up edition of all three novels in the trilogy, which is what’s shown above, but for this I’m only planning on reading the first one (unless of course I finish all the other books for this readathon and have some time leftover, then I’ll read the whole bind up).
4 – Read a space opera 500 pages or longer
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is by far the easiest prompt for me to fill. I’ve been holding off on watching season 3 of The Expanse purely so I can read this first, so I should really get on with it. My edition has 595 pages, so good to go.
And that’s it! With these four books, I also fulfill the 2a prompt of ‘Read two books by women’, but since that’s not the track I’m focusing on, I didn’t really highlight it.
If you’re participating in the readathon, lemme know! Happy reading!