Last week I had occasion to put together a list of recently published books, primarily released from 2010 to the present. I focused on books put out by royalty paying houses. The list that I compiled was over four pages long. Single-spaced. Yet I realize I’ve left off books that should be added.
The titles on the list included fantasy, science fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, supernatural, young adult, even a middle grade title or two, as I recall. In other words, a smattering of everything.
Because of my position as an administrator with the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour, I probably have the opportunity to read more books in the genre than the average person. Currently I am reading the book that CSFF will feature in May, Beckon by Tom Pawlik. But I’m also reading Noah Primeval by Bridan Godawa — a direct result of his guest blog here at Spec Faith. I also started a free Kindle download by Travis Thrasher, Solitary, which will have to go on the back burner because I have two other books in the waiting — Daughter of Light by Morgan Busse (another guest blogger here at Spec Faith) and Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (who we’ll be hearing from later this month).
I have to admit, I’m ecstatic that there are so many titles coming out from traditional publishers and independents alike. I’m ecstatic that a growing number of books are available on e-readers from previously unpublished writers. We have reading options at long last.
Are we capitalizing?
What are you reading?
What Christian speculative titles have you read in the last year or two?
In that regard, have you written a review of those books, either here at Spec Faith as a comment to the title in our library or for one of the online outlets such as Amazon, B&N, or Christianbooks.com?
My point is simple. If we want to see Christian speculative fiction grow as a genre, we need to read the books that are out there and we need to talk about them with our friends — real life ones and online ones. We need to help create buzz — Tweet when we download a book for free, or when we buy one; share reviews we read (or posts like this); “like” Facebook pages of authors we read; pin our own reviews at Pinterest; track our progress through a book on Goodreads; or whatever else you can do to let other readers know about the Christian speculative titles available. People can’t buy what they aren’t aware of.
So along with the titles you’re reading, the Christian speculative fiction you’ve read in the last year, tell me about your share method of choice. This should be fun! 😀