Over the last three years, I’ve developed a strong love for SF/F, especially fantasy. Having said that, there is a huge gap in my reading. There are very few SF/F classics that I’ve read, and I probably ought to read more of them. They scare me, though, and so these ten remain on my top ten “I should read them but haven’t” list.
1. Dune by Frank Herbert – Honestly, I really doubt I will like this book. It just doesn’t sound like my kind of book, and people who know my tastes say they don’t think I will like it. It’s so influential, though, and I feel like I should read it.
2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – As I’ve said in the past, I’ve avoided this one because I don’t like the author. But I have a feeling I’ll like the book, whenever I do finally cave to the pressure to read it.
3. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin – Actually, anything by this author will do. She intimidates me. Though recently I heard more about The Left Hand of Darkness, and considering I’m specifically looking for non-binary fiction, I might just have to get to that one sooner rather than later.
5. The Hobbit (+) by JRR Tolkien – Like Dune, all of Tolkien’s books have been so influential and are ones I should read, though I doubt I will enjoy them. Of all the books on this list, this is (or, these are) the ones I feel most guilty about skipping.
6. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – Again, any Asimov will do. But he intimidates the snot out of me.
7. the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – Technically, I’ve read the first of the series. And didn’t get much out of it. Still, I want to keep going with it, both because it’s so influential, and because Brandon Sanderson wrote the last few books, and I adore Sanderson…
8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I tried reading this once, and quit reading on the first (vomit-related) scene. Books that open with that kind of scene are automatically no-nos for me. But I’ve heard it’s really good, and the rest of the book doesn’t follow on the same Manda-phobia paths, so I really ought to suck it up and try again.
9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I imagine this would be a love-or-hate kind of book for me. And honestly, I’m a little worried about ending up on the hate-side. So I’ve avoided it thus far.
10. anything by China Mieville – Another author that intimidates me so much. But I ought to get over it and read him anyway.
What do y’all think? Any of these I ought not to be afraid of? Or biased against?
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