TTT #165 – My Favorite Sci-Fi Reads

Posted June 4, 2019 by Lillian in Features / 5 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together

Happy Tuesday y’all! Today’s topic is “Books From My Favorite Genre.” I’m not sure I have a favorite genre. I love science fiction and fantasy, but I also love historical romance and the occasional cupcake read. So I thought I’d stick with science fiction for today’s topic. It was not really hard to come up with ten books for this week’s topic. No instead it was hard to limit myself to only ten 😂 Here are my ten favorite sci-fi reads in no particular order. As always, covers/titles link to Blog/Goodreads/Amazon(aff).

My Top Ten Twelve Favorite Sci-Fi Reads

The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I have read this book more times than I can count. Put simply, I love it! It is a fascinating piece of science fiction and SO different from her Twilight saga that I found myself engrossed. Even now as I write this I’m remembering favorite passages and scenes. I liked how Melanie fought the thing that invaded her brain and how ultimately they learned to live together to protect the ones they loved.

Shock Me by Ashley C. Harris: The best way to describe this indie is a cross between X-men and Smallville. No joke! It’s an interesting take on the superhero/antihero story.

Quarantined by Tracey Ward: Technically this is a two book series (Until the End and In the End). It is one of my favorites and the first zombie series I ever read. Y’all I had watched Walking Dead and had no intentions of ever reading a zombie story. Too gory I thought. But y’all this book is fantastic! It is a prequel to Ward’s Survival series and sets up the story of how the zombie apocalypse began. And y’all it’s suspenseful without being terrifying. Does that make sense? Because in my brain it does 😉

The Legacy by Melissa Delport: This is one of my all-time favorite dystopias. It is set years after a WWIII left the United States in darkness, divided into regions. It’s an uprising against the new president and his regime. And it is a story about a woman who loves her family. It’s heartbreaking and tragic and perfect.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Y’all this book seems to make a lot of my lists. There’s a reason. It’s amazing! I love our cyborg Cinderella.

Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another series that makes a lot of my lists 😉 I had never read an alien romance prior to these books and y’all I fell in love. This series was also my introduction to Armentrout. Now I’m trying to devour everything she writes. I love the Luxen world and Kat and Daemon. Seriously, just read it if you haven’t. There’s something for everyone in this series.

Strings by David Estes: A sci-fi Pinocchio. No joke y’all! This is a fantastic standalone. I loved it! I can’t tell you anything about the book for risk of spoilers, but just know that if you like sci-fi and retellings than you should get this one asap.

Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan: Oh Bixby….I love this series and it’s foul-mouthed heroine. The best way I can think to describe this series is a cross between Aliens and Predators with a dose of The War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers thrown in. Y’all it is unlike anything I’ve ever read and a must read for fans of creature sci-fi.

The Fallen World by Laura Thalassa: Y’all….this series is not to be taken lightly. It is fantastic from start to finish. You will feel all the feels. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be angry, and you will be happy. Seriously one of Thalassa’s best works.

Admiral by Sean Danker: I tell everyone that mentions they like sci-fi about this book. It’s unique in that it is the first (and only) book I’ve ever read where I didn’t know the narrator’s identity. And that hit me as I got to the end. You never really learn if this is a good guy or a bad guy. The plot puts me in mind of those old Star Trek episodes where the crew gets separated and lost on a remote planet and have to figure out how to rejoin the rest of the crew. Seriously, it’s an intense ride from page one.

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay: I love this series. This is another alien romance book, but it’s more than that. It’s dystopian, high-stakes suspense. It’s everything I want in a book rolled into one pretty package.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin: I got my husband to listen to the audio of this book earlier this year and he liked it. Not as much as me, but he did like it. I love this book! It’s like a cross between Firefly and Doctor Who. And that’s all I can say about it without spoilers. Just go read it. Trust me 😉

Bonus….2019 Releases

So I know I’ve technically already listed more than ten books, but I had to include these two. I read them earlier in the year and y’all they are fantastic!

Second Star by J.M. Sullivan: This is a sci-fi Peter Pan retelling. I loved it! The author’s attention to detail and world-building is unlike any I’ve read before. And it’s obvious to any Neverland lover that the author loves it just as much. There are plenty of easter eggs from the original story woven into this sci-fi tale without it feeling like a straight up retelling.

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: I’ve been telling everyone about this book since I read it. I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy and y’all it is everything I love about science fiction with a healthy dose of dry humor. The authors describe it as The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy and I couldn’t agree more. It’s great!

Your Turn! What are your favorite sci-fi books? What is your favorite genre and book from said genre? Share below

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5 responses to “TTT #165 – My Favorite Sci-Fi Reads

    • Aurora Rising is fantastic! I bought the audio and ordered a hard copy for myself. The audio is full cast, with sound effects 😂 Hope you enjoy it!

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