*SFN* | Bingo Reading Challenge with a Sci-Fi Bent!

Posted Sunday, 3 November, 2013 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

By now, anyone who spends a bit of time rooting around my blog (JLAS) will discover that I have a quirky ability to find new reading challenges at the drop of a hat! And, I always attempt to make good on my promise to complete them during their event’s time-frame but alas! My reading life has endeared a few unexpected obstacles these past months, and so, most of the challenges I have undertaken are “in-progress”. Therefore, what bliss to find one that is free-form and can be completed without a specific end-date! I am in the process of completing all my reading challenges that I thus far entered, but what made me become engaged with this one in particular is because I have a *stacked full* reading list to devour in November for SFN!! All the scheduled and proposed books will be listed! Let’s see where they take me on the Bingo card!?

SFN Bingo Reading Challenge - hosted by Literary Excursion

This lovely card was created by Leanne @ Oh! the Books!

Let the Reading Challenge Commence!

B1: A book with alternate realities {The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead}
B2: A sci-fi book mixed with horror
B3: A debut sci-fi novel
B4: A book with awesome technology
B5: A book set on another planet

I1: A book that’s a space western
I2: A book with robots/AI {The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron}*automation
I3: A book with mind-based super powers
I4: A book with clones
I5: A book with aliens

N1: A book involving a war
N2: A book involving dreams {Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher}
N4: A book with mutations
N5: A book with time travel

G1: A book set underneath the earth
G2: A book set in the future
G3: A book with a dystopian setting
G4: A book with cyborgs
G5: A book set in an alternate past

O1: A book with a non-human MC
O2: A book with spaceships
O3: A book with laser weapons
O4: A book set in post-apocalypse
O5: A book with genetic engineering

SFN Reading List: [combination of scheduled & alternates]

  1. The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead {5/6 Nov ’13}
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Breaking the Time Barrier Jenny Randles
  4. WorldSoul by Liz Williams
  5. Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe by Richard J. Gott
  6. Time: A Traveler’s Guide by Clifford A. Pickover
  7. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
  8. The Little Book by Selden Edwards
  9. The Lost Prince by Selden Edwards
  10. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
  11. The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Fleming
  12. Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
  13. City at the End of Time by Greg Bear
  14. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  15. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  16. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  17. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  18. The Postman by David Brin
  19. Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien
  20. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  21. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  22. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  23. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
  24. Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Kate MacAlister
  25. Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker
  26. Steampunk: An Anthology by Ann Vandermeer
  27. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron {started ’13 | finished ’14}
  28. The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick
  29. Mainspring by Jay Lake
  30. Airborn by Kenneth Opel
  31. Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher {9 Nov ’14}

It will be a wondrous mystery to me to see which elements of these books will enter into the formation of the Bingo card’s taken spaces! I am certain that if I can read the # of books I scheduled to read this month, it will be quite the feat in of itself! Therefore, if reading the alternates takes time into December and the Bingo card is not yet completed for a win – I shall continue!

Stay tuned!

I am tweaking my Book Showcase on Steampunk Literature

& will reveal my first Steampunk choice!

Rock on, dear hearts!

This post is brought to you by:

Sci-Fi November | Hosted by Rinn Reads

And, continuing during:

SFN 2014 Participant badge created by Jorie in Canva

{SOURCES: Leanne at Literary Excursion Oh! the Books made the SFN Bingo Card for SFN participants to take part in the joy of an undisciplined reading challenge! The Bingo card is used with permission. Sci-Fi November Badge provided by Rinn Reads for participants to advert the month long event and to encourage people to follow along with those of us who are contributing.}

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Sunday, 3 November, 2013 by jorielov in Dystopian, Reading Challenge Addict, Reading Challenges, Sci-Fi November, Science Fiction, SFN Bingo, Steampunk, Time Travel

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7 responses to “*SFN* | Bingo Reading Challenge with a Sci-Fi Bent!

    • Hallo Maggie!!

      Isn’t it awesome!? I never could sort out how to participate in one of these before, and so I’m really excited I must say! I cannot say life is a calm sea, but I can say, I am navigating the surf and waves with a steam-powered kayak! :)

  1. Oh wow, you have tons of books I haven’t even heard of until now! I’ve been told I need to get to The Night Circus when I can, and it’s been on my wishlist for a while. All Our Yesterdays, Under the Never Sky, Divergent, and Across the Universe also all come highly recommended.

    Ooh and I see you have a book by Tony DiTerlizzi! I absolutely adore his artwork and have ever since I was playing Planescape on pen and paper years and years ago. ^_^

    Also I’ve added your challenge link to my Bingo post, so people can see how you’re progressing along (and get some more book ideas).

    Also also! Your blog title gave me quite the giggle when I saw it for the first time. :D

    • Hallo Leanne!

      Thank you for dropping by!!! I think its brilliant I’ve been added to the official Bingo Challengers section! Wicked Sweet! Can I ask!? What was it about my blog title that made you giggle!? The fact that I love stories and decided not to pick a specific adoration!? OR, the fact that its a curious title because it rhymes!? Which of course, was my intention!! :)

      What’s curious about the books I selected to read for SFN is how I came to know about them! I’ll be disclosing the full back-stories as I get to posting about the books themselves, but here’s a sneak peek: The Night Circus was one that I myself wanted to read ahead of the curve of bookish readers suggesting that it would be a strong contender (I had originally wanted to read “The White Forest” soon after “The Night Circus” but alas, I’ll have to read that one in December!); All Our Yesterdays was lit up strongly in the bookish blogsophere whilst I was making rounds and then, I could have joined the blog book tour for it but hesitated! (sadly to long, I missed my chance!); Under the Never Sky was a random library love selection as I found it listed in the catalogue!; Divergent was both suggested to me from a bookish reader as much as the YA Librarian at my local library!; and Across the Universe I both stumbled across myself & through the bookish blogosphere!

      On DiTerlizzi – I’ve been wanting to read WondLa for at least a good year now, but each time I get closer to reading the book, I become distracted! Either with life OR another book! Imagine!? Ha! I decided that thankfully since it fits in line with what I am focusing on for SFN, it was high time I give it the attention it deserves! In which, I do not know that much about his illustrations, as of yet! I will get back with you on that! :) Cheers! And, what is Planescape!? How do you play!? I always liked games that involve notebook paper & pen – I was perpetually bored in school, so I played a LOT of games! By high school I was playing Rummy, which I had to teach my classmates how to play! Did you used to make those square boxes out of paper!? We spent hours absorbed into those! :) Along with M*A*S*H the notebook paper game!

      Your quite right on another score: one of the reasons I wanted to join SFN was to get a good footing as a starting back into a genre that I have loved for such a long time but haven’t properly been able to read! I’m going to talk about all the lovely books I *discover!* through SFN at the end of the month!

      Lovely talking to you!

    • Oh it was just the rhyming that tickled me, I think because it was unexpected!

      You should definitely check out DiTerlizzi’s art when you get a chance. He has a superb style that’s right at home in any book of fairy tales.

      Are you familiar with Dungeons and Dragons? If so, Planescape is just one of the settings that goes along with those rules. If not, I can attempt to explain more! In Planescape, the players have the option to travel between different planes… not like alternate realities, but like elemental manifestations, filled with gods and monsters and creatures that aren’t human. It’s great fun as nearly anything is possible in that setting.

      I don’t think I ever got the knack of making those boxes out of paper. You mean the ones where you write things inside, and count and alternate which side opens? I don’t know why, those just never stuck with me! I do recall people in my classes playing a lot of those type of games, but I was always reading when I had downtime (until I got in trouble for being productive, haha).

      • Hallo Leanne!

        Yes, I am familiar with D&D because I actually mentioned that familiarity in my review of “Virtual Blue” as I was eclipsing my gaming past as a way to show that I understood where the story direction was going to take the audience! D&D was one of the fond memories I had whilst a teen! Therefore, I know a bit about what your talking about! Maybe Planescape wouldn’t have been so easy for me to sort out whilst in the middle of gameplay!? I like the alternative realm quality of it! Wicked sweet!

        Yes! Those are the ones! We would create at least 3 of those to stash on our desks, and we’d each take turns and grab one of them to use as we played in rounds! You’d be surprised what I played in class!! I was the bookworm of my peers too, I even walked in the halls to/fro class with a book in hand! I never bumped into anything which gobsmacked the teachers monitoring the halls!

        I suppose you could say I gamed and read my way through those years!? :) Oh! I know what you mean about getting into trouble! I had a teacher threaten to take my book from me until they realised I was not only on ‘point’ with the class but I was further ahead in the class readings! Laughs!

        Thanks for sharing your memories!

    • Leanne,

      You made me smile in return when you told me your reaction to my blog title! I oft wondered if anyone picked up on how I settled on it! Its such a wink and a nod to who I am! Yes, I most definitely will have to give his art a go now! I love art, as I love browsing the indie artists on Etsy for that main reason! As much as the artists on DeviantArt! Mainstream artists rock my world as well! I think art has a way of tapping into the creativeness of all of us!

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