This year I tried to read all the book assignments of the Sword & Laser book-club in order to dive into worlds that I otherwise never would have discovered. The 12 books of 2019 where the following:
- “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
- “An Unkindness of Ghosts” by Rivers Solomon
- “We are Legion We are Bob” by Dennis E. Taylor
- “Night’s Master” by Tanith Lee
- “Circe” by Madeline Miller
- “Mortal Engines” by Philip Reeve
- “Jade City” by Fonda Lee
- “Slan” by A.E. van Vogt
- “Lovecraft Country” by Matt Ruff
- “Zeroes” by Chuck Wendig
- “Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr” by John Crowley
While I enjoyed pretty much all of them but “Night’s Master”, “Circe” was absolutely my favourite. At school I loved everything related to Greek and Roman mythology and this book about the daughter of Helios and Perse revived that love! I totally forgot how intertwined the fates of Odysseus, Daedalus, the Minotaur, and Circe were!
That list also includes quite a few books that were already on my radar: “Mortal Engines” and “We are Legion, We are Bob” in particular. On the other hand “Lovecraft Country” and “Ka” were so far away from my normal comfort zone that I wouldn’t even have heard about them.
At first I also tried to write about each of these books in their own blog posts. Sadly, though, I stopped doing this around the time of moving into our new apartment and never picked it up again. I will try to do better next year, I promise!
This doesn’t mean that I will continue reading all Sword & Laser assignments, though. It was very entertaining and I read tons of great books that I otherwise wouldn’t have, but my backlog has continuously grown over the last 12 months and I want to do something about this 😅 That being said, I will still take a look at every new assignment 🙂