Book Lists

Each month we put together a list of 5 books on the same theme. Our cub then votes on which book we'll read!
Here is a list of all of our themed short lists from each month. 
Disclaimer: We have not read ALL of these books, but we'd like to! The first book of the list is the on we chose to read! 

March + April 2020

Theme: Early Female Authors

The Female Man - Joanna Russ

Herland -  Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

Downbelow Station  - C.J. Cherryh

The Dispossessed - Ursula K LeGuin

The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey

February 2020

Theme: Short Stories

A Thousand Beginnings & Endings - Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (editors)

Taaqtumi: an anthology of arctic horror stories - edited by Neil Christopher

A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers -  Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams (editors)

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - Ken Liu

Gnomon - Nick Harkaway

January 2020

Theme: Long REads

Dhalgren - Samuel Delany

Wanderers - Chuck Wendig

Seveneves - Neal Stephenson 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  - Susanna Clarke

Gnomon - Nick Harkaway

November 2019

Theme: Black, Indigenous and People of Colour

Signal to Noise  - Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

Zone One - Colin Whitehead

The Marrow Thieves - Cherie Dimaline

Terra Nullius - Claire G. Coleman

Severance - Ling Ma

October 2019

Theme: Horror VOL IV

The Hunger - Alma Katsu

Entropy in Bloom: Stories - Jeremy Robert Johnson

Wanderers - Chuck Wendig

The Last to See Me - M. Dressler

The Luminous Dead - Caitlin Starling

September 2019

Theme: Back to the Books VOL IV

Vita Nostra - Marina and Sergey Dyachenko 

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall - Suzette Mayr

Lexicon - Max Barry

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

Ink And Bone - Rachel Caine

August 2019

Theme: Climate Fiction VOL III

Blackfish City – Sam J. Miller

American War – Omar El Akkad

The Sunlight Pilgrims – Jenni Fagan

Memory of Water – Emmi Itäranta

The Tangled Lands – Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell

July 2019

Theme: Canadian Authors VOL IV

The Amateurs – Liz Harmer

Falling in Love with Hominids – Nalo Hopkinson

The Migration – Helen Marshall

All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai

The Wolves of Winter – Tyrell Johnson

June 2019

Theme: LGBTQ+

An Excess Male – Maggie Shen King

The Traitor Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson

The Mirror Empire – Kameron Hurley

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Provenance – Ann Leckie

May 2019

Theme: New Weird

The Etched City – K.J. Bishop

Borne – Jeff VanderMeer

John Dies at the End – David Wong

In the Night Garden – Catherynne M. Valente

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

April 2019

Theme: First Contact

Decision at Doona – Anne McCaffrey

Rosewater – Tade Thompson

Contact – Carl Sagan

The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

Foreigner – C.J. Cherryh

March 2019

Theme: Alternate History

The Difference Engine – William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

His Majesty's Dragon – Naomi Novik

The Aeronaut's Windlass – Jim Butcher

The Yiddish Policemen's Union – Michael Chabon

Homunculus – James P. Blaylock

February 2019

Theme: Short Stories, vol. III

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter

The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories – Joan Aiken

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 – edited by John Joseph Adams and N. K. Jemisin

Terra Incognita: Three Novellas – Connie Willis

The New Voices of Fantasy – edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

December 2018 – January 2019

Theme: The Long Read Vol III

Thessaly Trilogy - Jo Walton

Space - James A. Michener

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. - Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The Passage - Justin Cronin 

November 2018

Theme: Translated Novels Vol II

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn - Boris + Arkady Strugatsky

The Man With The Compound Eyes (Taiwan) - Wu Ming-Yi

A Planet For Rent (Cuba) - Yoss

Wicked Weeds (Dominican Republic) - Pedro Cabiya

The Coincident Makers (Israel) -  Yoav Blum 

October 2018

Theme: Horror VOL III

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay 

The Beauty - Aliya Whiteley

Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmen Saadawi 

Unbury Carol - John Maleran 

The Hollow Tree - James Brogden

September 2018

Theme: Back to the Books Vol. III

A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller Jr 

The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly 

Never Let Me Go -Kazuo Ishiguro 

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K LeGuin 

August 2018

Theme: Climate Fiction VOL II

The Fifth Season - N K Jemisin 

California - Edan Lepucki

New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson 

Gold Fame Citrus - Claire Vay Watkins

Sunlight Pilgrims - Jenni Fagan

July 2018

Theme: Canadian Authors VOL III

Eastern Standard Tribe - Cory Doctorow

Clockwork Angel - Kevin Anderson 

American War - Omar El Akkad 

Marrow Thieves - Cherie Dimaline 

Last Year - Robert Charles Wilson 

June 2018

Theme: Epic Fantasy

The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley 

Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss 

Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb 

Grace of Kings - Ken Liu

May 2018

Theme: Golden Age Sci-Fi

Ringworld - Larry Niven

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Jack Finney 

Starship Troppers - Robert A Heinlen

Foundation - Isaac Asimov

Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C Clarke 

April 2018

Theme: More Than Human

The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K LeGuin

The Last Unicorn - Peter S Beagle

The Bees - Lailie Paull 

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie 

The Mechanical - Ian Tregillis 

March 2018

Theme: Modern-Day Fantasy

The Kraken - China Miéville

The Hike - Drew Magary

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

Storm Front - Jim Butcher

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

February 2018

Theme: Short Stories Vol. II

Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury 

Perchance to Dream - Charles Beaumont 

After the Apocalypse - Maureen F McHugh 

The Witcher: The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski

December 2017 - January 2018

Theme: The Long Winter Vol. II

1Q84 - Haruki Murakami 

The Great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny

The Once and Future King - TH White 

Imajica - Clive Barker

The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks 

November 2017

Theme: Sequels

Parable of the Talents - Octavia E Butler

A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge

Green Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson

City of Blades - Robert Jackson Bennett

The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin

October 2017

Theme: Horror VOL II

Lovecraft Country - Matt Ruff

Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill

Bird Box - Joe Malerman

The Devil in Silver - Victor LaValle

The Terror - Dan Simmons

September 2017

Theme: Back to School

The Big U - Neal Stephenson

The Magician's Guild - Trudi Canavan

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

Inda - Sherwood Smith

Lexicon - Max Barry

August 2017

Theme: Award Winners

Uprooted - Naomi Novik


Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

Last Call - Tim Powers

Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K Le Guin​

July 2017

Theme: Canadian Authors VOL II

Pattern Recognition - William Gibson


Tooth And Claw - Jo Walton


A Turn of Light - Julie E Czenda


Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow


Company Town - Madeline Ashby

June 2017

Theme: Apocalyptica

Parable of the Sower - Octavia E Butler

The Passage - Justin Cronin 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan


California - Edan Lepucki

Wool - Hugh Howey

May 2017

Theme: First Contact

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

Sphere - Michael Crichton

Contact - Carl Sagan

The Humans - Matt Haig


Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

April 2017

Theme: More Than Human

Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain - A Lee Martinez

Neptune's Brood - Charles Stross

Anathem - Neal Stephenson

The Chanur Saga - C. J. Cherryh


Watership Down - Richard Adams

March 2017

Theme: Near Miss

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Sabriel - Garth Nix

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood 

The Shadows of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Area X: Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer

February 2017

Theme: Short Stories

The Sentinel - Arthur C Clarke 

Rogues - George R. R. Martin, Gillian Flynn, and Various

Looking For Jake - China Miéville 

Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link


Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and Various 

December 2016 - January 2017

Theme: The Long Winter

The Inheritance Trilogy - N.K. Jemisin 

The Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer 

The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F Hamilton 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke 

November 2016

Theme: Not Lost In Translation

The Three Body Problem - Liu Cixin (Chinese)

Blood of Elves: The Witcher - Andrzej Sapowski  (Polish) 

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (Russian)

Paprika - Yasutaka Tsutsi (Japanese) 

Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spanish) 

October 2016

Theme: Horror

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist 

Somethign Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

September 2016

Theme: Back to the Books

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

August 2016

Theme: Climate Fiction

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The City and the City by China Mieville

July 2016

Theme: Canadian Authors

Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Station Eleven by Emily St John Handel

The Untold Tale by J.M. Frey

June 2016

Theme: Time Travel

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

The Anubis Gate by Tim Powers

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Timeline by Michael Crichton

May 2016

Theme: Renaissance-ish

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Sabriel by Garth Nix

April 2016

Theme: Oh, maybe we should start picking themes...

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Sabriel by Garth Nix

March 2016

Theme: Scifi & Fantasy

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

Books of the North: Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook

Legend: The Drenai Saga by David Gemmel

February 2016

Theme: First Meeting

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heilein

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

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