Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

This is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish

So this week's topic was top ten books in a genre we can't believe we haven't read. I'm cheating a bit and doing Sci-Fi AND Fantasy, but in my defense both of these genres are often grouped together. I read a fair amount of books in both and yet there are some major ones out there that I haven't even touched.

1) Dune by Frank Herbert

Yes, I know, I have the nerve to call myself a nerd and I haven't even read this series at all. I know what it's about. I've seen the awful movie everyone says ruined the book, and I even know what sandworms are. I've just never read the actual book. ;hangs head in nerd shame;

2) The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

I've read the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit is one of my favorite books. Yet I've never read this or any other of the many books in the LotR verse.

3) I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I've seen the movie, it's actually one of my favorite Will Smith movies. But I've never read the book (which yes, I know is different from the movie) or any Isaac Asimov for that matter. But I should be getting to him this year as I'm probably going to be finishing up all the A authors on my reading through the library project and he's one of the major ones on the list.

4) Redshirts by John Scalzi

It's taken me an embarrassing amount of time to get to Scalzi, I only just read my first Scalzi book (Lock In) last year. I'm hoping to get to this one this year.

5) Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

This has been recommended right and left. It sounds right up my alley. I don't know why I haven't gotten to it yet.

6) The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

One of those staple series in fantasy and I've never read it. I've just never had interest despite it being fantasy.

7) The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

Have never read any Nix accept for a short story he did in a book collection I read once that was rather good. This whole trilogy is sitting on my bookshelf, I don't know why I haven't gotten to it, I just keep FORGETTING about it.

8) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This one escaped my schooling. Which doesn't shock me much, my teachers were very much of the old dead white dude mind-set and only did "serious" literature like Hemingway. Anything that wasn't realistic fiction, they didn't bother with. Hmm....maybe that's why I can't get into realistic fiction nowadays....

9) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I've seen the movie so I do often feel compelled to recommend the book to people, particularly those getting into dystopian. But I myself have never read this one. ;hangs head in nerd shame once again;

10) Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant

I've had this recommended to me many times and it does look like something I'd dig. I've just never gotten around to reading it for some reason. Maybe this year...


  1. I need to read a couple of these books too LOL!! But I am reading Fahrenheit 451 this month Woo Hoo!! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday1

  2. Ray Bradbury's book made my list too. Here's my TTT list for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-cant.html

  3. I so want to start The name of the wind!!! *-*
    My TTT: http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.it/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-cant.html

  4. I only own Sabriel from the Abhorsen series, but I want to get to it soon. A couple of authors have mentioned that the series is their favorite.

  5. By "the awful movie" I assume you mean David Lynch's Dune. I actually quite like it, and I don't think it "ruins" the book any more than Peter Jackson's movies ruin the Lord of the Rings. Lynch merely did something a little different with the story.