What is the challenge about?
A while ago there was a bit of talk on twitter about our reviews, that we mostly review frontlist titles and I wanted to make it a personal goal of mine to review more backlist titles in 2016. I already read a lot of backlist titles but often rather review only recently or to be released titles when I don’t have the time to review them all. This challenge is all about changing that attitude.
Why would you want to review more backlist titles? For me, mostly, it is because it leads to more discussions with others because obviously more people have also read the book and this is FUN. I also like to discover more older book (especially because it often means I can binge read a series), so more reviews about backlist titles would be great. Authors are grateful as well when you review their books long after the book has been released.
The goal of the challenge?
Everyone who wants to participate can set their own goal. My personal goal is a ratio of 1:1, so that I review just as many backlist as frontlist titles. Every goal that means more than usually is okay. It can be a ratio like I do (even if it is 2:1 = only half as many backlist titles as frontlist titles), it can be fixed number or anything else you can come up with. Maybe look at how many you reviewed last year and set your goal accordingly.
I’m not going to do any giveaways for reaching goals, this is just for fun, but set yourself a goal you think you can achieve.
The challenge takes place from January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016.
This is the topic I love the most, especially when the A.I. becomes the central part of the story and goes rogue. A.I.s causing trouble is always fun to read about and I’m always looking for more books like the ones listed below.
- THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
Probably my favorite A.I. ever. I loved it so much that I would say it was my favorite “character” from the book.
- ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Another A.I. that felt almost like a real person and was so much fun to read about when it was wreaking havoc.
- ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig
Zer0es had an interesting new twist on the whole A.I. topic and I’m curious where he takes it next with the series.
- DAEMON by Daniel Suarez
Another A.I. causing trouble, trouble that was almost too slow in its progress for my liking but still a great book.
One of my most anticipated releases of 2016 is Beyond the Red by Ava Jae. When I first saw the synopsis and read that the MC is AN ALIEN QUEEN AND THE FIRST FEMALE RULER I was over the moon excited for this book. I was definitely going to pre-order it. Then, while I was thinking about ideas for my Sci-Fi November posts, I saw Ava mentioning in a tweet that “all major characters are mixed race/dark-skinned” (as if I wasn’t excited enough about this book already) and this gave me the idea to search for other YA Sci-Fi books with main characters of color.
If you want to dive into stories about a diverse group of teenagers and discover a bunch of new authors you should check out DIVERSE ENERGIES. This book is a collection of Sci-Fi/Dystopian short stories by 11 different authors, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Daniel H. Wilson being some of them.
The title pretty much says is all: this anthology is about diversity and the stories are anything but your typical YA dystopia. Keep reading
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? Keep reading
I like planning blog posts ahead, especially with reviews of upcoming books or events like Sci-Fi November. I still write a list of blog posts of the upcoming month on paper, just so I know what I still need to do, but I also wanted an overview in an actual calendar. For some time I used google’s calendar mainly because I could categorize my blog posts by using different colors. I didn’t really like to use something somewhere else than my dashboard where I actually scheduled my blog posts though. Then I had the idea to use a Calendar plugin for my scheduled posts and assign colors via categories myself.
The plugin I use is the Editorial Calendar. It adds another menu item in your Posts menu where you’ll get a calendar view of all your blog posts. And the best thing about it: you can move blog posts easily via drag and drop, you can manage your drafts and add new ones and quick edit every blog post.