2012 Science Fiction Reader Challenge: July Link Up

The year is officially half way over. How did that even happen? Jeez... needless to say, I've gotten very far behind in a couple of my own reader challenges so I should really start working on that.

You know what else July means? COMIC CON! This blog is going to be a bit obsessive about Comic Con for most of the month and I can't wait to see what books and other crazy sci-fi things are presented at what my brother calls the "annual geek pilgrimage". So. Excited.

In June we had 13 new link ups, including two people who read the book that got me into sci-fi in the first place - Ender's Game. Someone else read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which has a surprising sci-fi twist that I wasn't expecting from it. You guys are awesome at linking up, unlike me who apparently forgot to link up all the sci-fi books I read this month. Oops...

Anyway, your reviews broke down to:

- 2 YA/MG Science Fiction

- 1 Adult Science Fiction

- 1 Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992

- 2 Hugo Winners

- 2 Spaceships/Aliens

- 1 Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe

- 2 Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Utopia

- 2 Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

My plan last month was to read Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel, Kingdom by Anderson O'Connell and The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. I got to 2 of those 3 and surprisingly the one I haven't gotten to is Dearly, Beloved. I want to have a nice empty weekend to devour that book and one didn't arise in June. I also read Insurgent by Veronica Roth (which I will review tomorrow), Fever by Lauren Destefano, and I started Erasing Time by CJ Hill, which I actually just finished.

I have a scary pile of books on my living room table, but most of them are fantasy. I do need to read HG Wells' The Time Machine for book club. I have the Hugo, Pre-50s Classic and Modern Classic categories left to fill, so I'm going to push my self to also read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde to fit in some of those holes. If I can fit Dearly, Beloved in there, well, that would be super crazy magic fantastic, so we'll see.

Whatever you have planned for July, I hope you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to making time out to check out everyone's reviews. If for some reason you posted up a review in June that didn't make it onto the link up post, feel free to link it this month.


For a reminder, the challenge is to read at least one science fiction book for each of the following 12 categories:

YA/MG Science Fiction

Adult Science Fiction

Hugo Winner

Science Fiction Classic – Pre-1950s

Science Fiction Modern Classic – 1951-1992




Time Travel/Alternate History/Parallel Universe



Mad Scientists/Genetic Testing/Environmental Disaster

If you need ideas for any of the categories, just ask or check out the sign up page for additional ideas.

And now here is the linky for July.  Tell me what you’ve been reading or plan to be reading soon.  If you're headed to San Diego in 10 days for Comic Con, let me know!  I look forward to chatting about even more science fiction as we explore the genre together!  When you link up your review, please put it in the format of Name (book title) category, so when I review Fever, I’d submit it as “Leslie @ WFTM (Fever) Dystopian”.  That worked out pretty handy with my tracking.