The SF Bluestocking 2016 Summer Reading List

So, last year, I didn’t manage to make it through my whole summer reading list, so this year I’m going to do something a little different since there’s even more this year than last year that I want to get through. So, instead of pretending as if I’m definitely going to get through everything, I’m just going to treat this as a sort of long list that I’ll be pulling from for my reading over the next three months or so. There are definitely a few must-reads here, but there’s many more nice-to-reads that I don’t know if I’ll get to. It’s just going to depend on how much time I’m able to spend reading and writing, to be honest.


Summer and Summer-ish Books I’ve Already Finished, With Reviews Coming Soon

  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
  • Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
  • Runtime by S.B. Divya
  • Return of Souls by Andy Remic
  • Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace
  • Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons
  • Lumberjanes (comic)
  • Faith (comic)

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I generally read all of these either through NetGalley or as they come out, but I’m thinking of relaxing on that after this summer, particularly in regard to series that I don’t care much for. That said, I do plan to finish reading all of this summer’s titles at least.

  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (already read)
  • Runtime by S.B. Divya (already read)
  • Return of Souls by Andy Remic (already read)
  • Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace (already read)
  • The Ghoul King by Guy Haley
  • Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson
  • City of Wolves by Willow Palecek
  • Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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  • Infomocracy by Malka Older
    I’m not super into near-future stuff, but I’ve been making a real effort to read outside my comfort zone in the last couple of years and I got an ARC of this one through NetGalley.
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
    Yoon Ha Lee’s short story collection, Conservation of Shadows is one of my favorites in recent years, so to say that I’m super excited about this novel is something of an understatement. It’s definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2016.
  • Lightspeed’s POC Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue
    Rewards were just delivered for Kickstarter backers the other day, and I can’t wait to dig into this over the weekend.
  • United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
    I feel like this is going to be a perfect summer blockbuster of a novel.


Fantasy Must-Reads

  • Necessity by Jo Walton
    The first two books in this trilogy were some of my favorite reads last year, and I am very much looking forward to this volume.
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
    The Fifth Season was hands down my very favorite novel of 2015, and I fully expect this one to be every bit as good.
  • An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
    Foz Meadows’ “Coral Bones” was a wonderful read, and this book has people riding kangaroo things on the cover, so I’m excited for this novel-length work.
  • A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall
    Second in a series. I loved the first one, so I can’t miss this one.
  • Black Wolves by Kate Elliot
    I’ve never managed to really fall in love with anything by Kate Elliot, in spite of it her work, objectively, ticking off basically all my boxes for favorite book criteria, but I’m still going to give this book a go because it’s so highly recommended and often suggested by literally everyone else who likes the same stuff I do.

Miscellaneous Must-Reads

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
  • ODY-C Volume 2 Sons of the Wolf by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Books I Really Want to Read, But Am Not Sure I Realistically Will Be Able To Because I’m Only Human

  • The Devourers by Indra Das
  • Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  • Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
  • The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan
  • The Vagrant by Peter Newman
  • The Cupid Reconciliation by Michael R. Underwood
  • Strangers Among Us edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Invaders edited by Jacob Weisman
  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  • The Notorious RBG  by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

3 thoughts on “The SF Bluestocking 2016 Summer Reading List”

    1. I actually thought it wouldn’t be out until later this year, but I saw it the other day at a B&N and it reminded me about it. It makes me sad that more people don’t read that comic.


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