The SpaceTime Reading Challenge

Jemima Pett has been hosting the SpaceTime Reading Challenge for a few years now, and I keep signing up and then losing track. If you are a SF fan, like a little mind-bending time travel now and then, or just want to find out if you do, sign up and jump in. I recommend following for ideas about what to read--I've gotten a lot of good tips from her reviews!

Here's the scoop:

The SpaceTime Reading Challenge #spacetimereads

  • You can read any book that is from the science fiction/time-travel genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.  Non-fiction is not included in this challenge.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews (even one-liners) to link up. (blog, Goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back to Jemima's page with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, although anthologies count if they meet the page guideline. (At least 100 pages +)
  • You may count books that you do not want to finish if you have read at least 25%, or 100 pages, whichever is MORE. If you have read enough to give a fair mini-review that’s fine.
  • Crossovers into other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge runs from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st.

The Targets

There are 4 levels to aim for (or achieve):

  • 5 books: Planet hopper
  • 10 books: Interstellar explorer
  • 20 books: Galactic navigator
  • 40 books: To Infinity and Beyond

You can find the sign-up for this challenge in Jemima's blog post here.  There will be quarterly link-up posts – at the end of March, June, September and December.

 My goals

2022 Goal

I signed up for the Planet Hopper level in 2022, with a goal of 5 books. Here's what I got.
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente -- funny and absurd science fiction
  • A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers -- hard-to-categorize SF
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir -- another great piece from the author of The Martian
  • A Prayer for the Crown Shy by Becky Chambers -- sequel to the above
And that's it--missed the target by one, though I read a fair bit of non-fiction about science (more history than science). As far as I can tell, I didn't review any of these. I can say that I enjoyed each of them, and am watching for more from Becky Chambers and Andy Weir, for sure.
I know my book reviewing has dropped off a lot this past year, but hope to remedy that in the new year--photos, book reviews, occasional flash fiction, and bits about writing are the posts I'm hoping to make this year. I will definitely make a point of reviewing the SpaceTime books--seeing each other's reviews is one of the bonuses of joining a challenge, and a great way to get ideas of what to read.

2023 Goal

I'm going for Planet Hopper again. That's 5 SF/time travel books. 
I'm also going to try again to jump into some more challenges and move myself on to reading more new material. I really did read a fair number of new (to me) books this year, but the number was at least matched by re-reads. That feels somehow stuck.
So how about you? Jump into this challenge, or share in the comments your favorite reading challenges. 


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