We all have one, right? The reading list? I have so many books on my list that it has become sort of a problem. Basically, all these books I want to read or feel I should read are typically at least twenty-years old. There are so many science fiction novels (and non-science fiction, I read that too!) in the cannon, it unfortunately means I almost never read contemporary fiction.
Which is too bad, because I know there are a lot of writers out there, right now, who are trying to compete with every crazy distraction in the world to get people to read their books. And I can't even be bothered to support them because I've never finished The Lord of the Rings or Childhood's End. I'll always feel like it's important that I finish those books on my list first before I can move on.
Here's a quick rendition, incomplete version of my list (in no particular order):
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Time Machine
A Scanner Darkly
The Book of the New Sun (started on my kindle, still wanting to finish)
Neuromancer (started it when I was probably too young, didn't finish)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Amber Chronicles
Soldier of the Mist
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
I checked both my large collection of unread books and NPR's excellent Top 100 Sci-Fi Fantasy List to help remind me which ones I've been meaning to read. There are assuredly more.
Maybe this should be my new reading goal: one new book from the last five years alternated with whatever else I feel like reading. I guess the last modern science fiction I read was Ready Player One, which I did not like, but that doesn't mean there are other great, overlooked books out there that are worth the time.
So help me out. What modern science fiction book should I read next? In general, I like more character-driven stories than speculative, but combinations of the two are very welcome.