You don’t have to look far to find books that are a perfect fit for the #RogersReads reading challenge prompt that we are focusing on this month. Books about space have dominated fiction and non-fiction in recent decades as our imaginations and interests continue to stretch outward. If you love reading science fiction novels and tales of alien invasions or love studying the history of space exploration or the current science that promises to take us even farther, this challenge will be easy for you to meet. If you need help finding the perfect book, we’ve listed a few below to help you get started.
If you prefer fictional tales that are truly out of this world, we have enough to keep you busy for a trip to Venus! We checked! It’s only about 5 months! Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Across the Universe by Beth Revis both feature sentient space ships with a lot of (perhaps artificial?) personality. All Systems Red by Martha Wells is the first entry in the Murderbot Diaries series, which is just as interesting as the title indicates and also surprisingly full of heart. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey and Red Rising by Pierce Brown are both series that feature fully-fledged space societies by authors who may be familiar to fans of the genre. Valarie Valdez’s Chilling Effect is a humorous take on the space opera filled with offbeat characters. If you are looking for something a little more familiar, you could check out Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray or 2001, a Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. Even if none of these titles interest you, we promise there’s plenty more where that came from in our fiction department!
If you are more interested in non-fiction books about space, you still have plenty of stellar options. If you just need some general information about what’s going on outside of Earth’s orbit, Cosmos: The Infographic Book of Space by Stuart Lowe and Chris North is a great place to start. Books like Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin and An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald offer information in the guise of a how-to manual or a traveler’s guide. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Space at the Speed of Light by Becky Smethurst both contain a lot of details about the nuances of space science and travel in a succinct and understandable way. If you are interested in the history of space itself (not just the history of astronomy), Archaeology from Space by Sarah Parcak or The Secret Lives of Planets by Paul Murdin detail the distant pasts of our nearby planets and what we can learn from it. In Once Upon a Time I lived on Mars, Kate Greene recounts her experiences as part of a NASA mission to test out what life on Mars would be like here on earth. From the theoretical study of space to accounts from the people who have really been there, our non-fiction collection has a variety of books that can complete this challenge.
If you haven’t already, you can join the #RogersReads reading challenge by registering and entering the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions.” Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who complete a mission online by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve missions by December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge. You can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title.
We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!
#RogersReads Reading Challenges for 2021
1. Read a book that makes you laugh.
2. Read a book that is about food or has food in the title.
3. Read a book set in or about space.
4. Read a book that is about or based on mythology or folklore.
5. Read a book whose author is known for something other than writing.
6. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about nature.
7. Read a fictional retelling of a historical event.
8. Read a book you meant to read in 2020.
9. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
10. Read a book from your least favorite genre.
11. Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.
12. Read a book with a body of water on the cover or in the title.