I’m taking a break from Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve enjoyed the little hiatus, so I’m going to participate less frequently to try and stay fresh. However, I do like a good meme and happily The Illustrated Page tagged me in the A-Z Book tag – so here we go! An alphabet of SFF favourites:

Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan
Burning Bright – Melissa Scott
A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
(A Wizard of) Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
False Hearts – L R Lam
The Girl With All The Gifts – M R Carey
The House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard
The Ice People – Maggie Gee
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
Kushiel’s Dart – Jacqueline Carey
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (possibly the most fiercely contested letter of the alphabet)
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert O’Brien
Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee
Among Others – Jo Walton
The Privilege of the Sword – Ellen Kushner
Q …has been disappointing, so have a recent love: The Space Between the Stars – Ann Corlett
The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
A Song for Arbonne – Guy Gavriel Kay (the other difficult pick. My heart is bleeding)
This Thing of Darkness – Harry Thompson
Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
Vurt – Jeff Noon
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner (possibly my most influential childhood read)
The Explorer – James Smythe
What You Make It – Michael Marshall Smith
Zodiac – Neal Stephenson (early Stephenson eco-thriller reads like Scalzi)

Needless to say some letters are better beloved than others, but everything here is worthy of a second look. And most of them I’ll reread until they fall apart. And in the end, there’s at least this many books again that storm through my heart (even before I extend beyond my SFF joys).

Fancy playing along? Tag yourself in the comments and let me come enjoy your list!