There’s some serious fun going on at A Writer’s Dream blog. They are having a 2010 SFR Reading Challenge. It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun, and I can count the SFR books I’ve already read, so thought I’d better do an assessment before I signed up for my reading level.


You can pick from a list of “Must Read” SFR at The Galaxy Express, check out the lists posted at the challenge site, or peruse my list. 🙂


Science Fiction Romance (or science fiction with romantic elements) Books I’ve read since January 1, 2010:


1 – 6: Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell 
& – 10: Myriad Books by R. M. Meluch
11: Dragonflight by Anne Mccaffrey
12: Rebels and Lovers by Linnea Sinclair
13. Alpha by Catherine Asaro
14. Hurricane Moon by Alexis Glyn Latner (re-read)
15. The Furtherest Space by Ellen Fisher
16 – 20: Laiden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
21. Contact by Susan Grant
22. Wyt and Wild by Viola Grace 
23. Darkship Thieves by Sarah A Hoyt


Kindle TBR (10):


Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
Solar Wind by Carole Ann Lee
A Civil Campaign by Lois Bujold Master
Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg
Starquest by Hywela Lyn
Rainscape by Jaye Roycraft
Endless Blue by Wen Spencer
Banner’s Bonus by Carole Ann Lee
Call of Chaos by Carol Highshoe
In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker


My Sony Reader TBR (2):


In Enemy Hands by KS Augustin
Irresistible Forces by Catherine Asaro (and others)


My eReader (iPhone) TBR (12):


Shard of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Moonfire by Anne Clarke
Freak Factor by Viola Grace 
Warrior by Angela Knight
Fountain of Age by Nancy Kress
Shipwrecked by Michele Marquis
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
Star Born by Ann O’Bannon
Beyond Those Distant Stars by John B. Roseman
Stardoc by S. L. Viehl
The Ice Queen by Don Wilcox


My DTB (dead tree books) TBR (7):


Blind Waves by Steven Gould
The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald
Heart Books (3) by Sarah A. Hoyt 
True Blood by Patricia Waddell
Ravyn’s Flight by Patti O’Shea


Obviously, with 31 books to read and another BAB (big a** book) to write, I’m not to get all the way through this list, but I have made a good start with 23 books read. I am happy to be almost to Venus level of the challenge with the year just barely half over! I think I can read two more SFR books before the end of the year, but not sure I can hit Jupiter level (50) with a book to write, so that’s what I’m signing up for.


I hope, while you’re considering your list, that you’ll also consider my two SFR books:


The Key
Girl Gone Nova


…when creating your list for 2010. And even if you don’t, please consider buying one new book for every used/free SFR book you pick. All of us want this wonderful genre to survive and the best way to make that happen is to support the authors and publishers who support the genre. That is the main way you can let your “voice” be heard to publishers. Money talks. Other ways you can help support the genre is, when you read an SFR book you like, tell someone. Word of mouth is the best advertising there is. Post reviews on Amazon, or if you don’t have time to do a review, tag the books you like as SFR. Tags help, too. Mention them on your readers loops. Keep SFR alive and thriving!


I’m late to the genre, but I love, love, love the mix of action, adventure and romance. I feel like I’ve finally found the genre I’ve been looking for. 


Speaking of SFR, did you see the first episode of Eureka? Talk about fun! Time travel to WWII (a favorite of mine!), romance and an altered future! Also saw Haven. So far, liking the people. Looks like it might have a fun romantic triangle. (I always look for the romance!) We know I like me some quirky!


Well, got stuff to do in the real world and want to go sign up for the challenge now that I’ve sort of worked out my list! 
Happy Reading, no matter your genre!
perilously,
Pauline

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