Goodreads Monday – Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

It’s the first Goodreads Monday of 2020, friends! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s book is Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. I think this is a pretty well known novel that was originally published in 1979 and is classified as a mix of historical fiction and science fiction (time travel)! I added it to my Goodreads TBR in January 2018. On Goodreads it has an impressive 4.24 average stars with 80k+ ratings and 9k+ reviews.

In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he’s drowning. She saves his life – and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it’s even begun.

Octavia E. Butler’s ground-breaking masterpiece is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.

Why do I want to read it?

I have never read anything by Octavia Butler but hers is a name that you will undoubtedly encounter when you talk about the science fiction genre. Her sci-fi novels are famous the world over and have been widely lauded by many true science fiction aficionados. I have to admit that I’m a lottle intimidated by the popularity of Butlers’ novels, especially if I end up being on the side that doesn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. But I’m also very curious to read one of her books and to *finally* see what all the hype is about. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf since mid-2019 but since I’m trying to tackle my existing shelves this year, let’s hope that this ends up being of the books I read!

Have you read Kindred or is it on your TBR too?
Have you read any Octavia E. Butler books? What’d you think?

13 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

  1. Oh this is one of my books of shame…. borrowed it from the library all excited but just couldn’t make myself pick it up to read for longer than a brief look at the first few pages. So I returned it unread. And it’s one of those books that is raved about, makes all those sci fi lists… and I call myself a sci fi fan!! Yet couldn’t read it ooops!!

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    1. Oh nooo… To be honest, I’m kind of worried that it might end up being the same way for me? I think that’s probably why I keep postponing reading it 😂 I really hope I end up enjoying it though… 🤞🏽 Was it the writing style that wasn’t your jam or something else?

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