Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #41

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Ten Book/Series Every Fantasy-Lover Should Read
Surprising topic choice, right?^^ I may have even done a post like this before...oh well.

The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings - The father of all fantasy.  I can't imagine not having read these books now. I wish I'd read them back when I was in school  Tolkien's descriptive style can take some getting used to but it's worth it!

The Chronicles of Narnia - Despite being disappointed by the turn the last two books took, I have no regrets about reading this series. The magic here inhabits the world itself: the animals and the plants.  It's a unique take on fantasy that remains rare, despite its influence.

Alanna: The First Adventure - Here I'm recommending the first book more than the actual series because the first installment was by and large my favorite. The original girl-disguised-as-boy story and the unique magical items and adventures were a lot of fun.

His Dark Materials - When I started this trilogy, I was worried it'd take a turn like the Narnia books did, but I needn't have worried.  This story stands on it's own as a wonderful example of fantasy, parallel worlds and magical adventure.

Mistborn - My introduction into adult fantasy was through this series and it remains an all-time favorite of mine. The world-building!  The magical system! It's all phenomenal. Sanderson is a genius.

Harry Potter - Shocker. Everything that could possibly be said about this series and it's impact on the fantasy genre has already been said. Just read the freaking series already *throws boxed set at the unbelievers*

The Old Kingdom - A light Necromancer called Abhorsen battling against all of the dark Necromancers and leagues of Undead. Talk about original!  The characters, the writing style, the magical system, the setting: ♥

The Stormlight Archive - I may have discovered Sanderson through Mistborn, but The Stormlight Archive took my obsession to a whole other level. This is epic fantasy at its finest. Don't let the page-count intimidate you, the story makes the pages fly by!

Throne of Glass - This is a perfect example of the series that starts off as fantasy-light, but seamlessly grows into full on high-fantasy. The result is stunning! Every new installment has been a game-changer.

A Darker Shade of Magic - A traveller and occasional thief. A female pirate with a thirst for adventure. Alternate Londons, some magical, some not, some outright terrifying.  Oh and a magical cloak! Fantasy fans need this book in their lives.

Thoughts on any of these? What are your favorite Fantasy reads?


  1. Ohh awesome topic!I see so many books I love and so many I still need to read as well! Love me some fantasy!

  2. I love it! Great picks! I did every fairy tale lover should read but I think I merged over into fantasy. I love that we love so many of the same books! Have a great day my friend.
    Ps are you going to bea? I wasn't sure if I asked you yet or not

  3. I need to read something by Brandon Sanderson Micheline!!! And Sarah J. Maas is definitely one of my very favorite fantasy writers even though she's brutal and rips my heart out and stomps on it all the time. Still. So good:)

  4. I'm not really a fantasy person, so the only one I've read is Harry Potter. I have been interested in Throne of Glass and A Darker Shade of Magic, though! Great list. Here's my TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-twenty-books-every-reader-new-to-the-new-adult-genre-should-read/

  5. I'm on 7/10 which I think is pretty good ;) I've still yet to read Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive and A Darker Shade of Magic, though I have all of them on my list to get to. An amazing selection of books here, so many favourites <3

  6. Awesome list!! I've read a few of these and I honestly can't choose a favorite! I still need to read A Darker Shad of Magic and Mistborn!

    Here are my Top Ten!

  7. Love the Throne of Glass series, and Harry Potter, obviously!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-52/

  8. Yeah fantasy! Great pick... love the Hobbit and Narnia too (although I only love SOME of those books lol). And Sanderson I haven't read yet- I know! I know... What's wrong w/ me? I need to read Stormlight, that one looks very interesting!

  9. Wonderful list! I loved Sabriel. I haven't had a chance to read the rest of the series but I can only imagine how awesome they are.

    Here's my TTT: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-ten-tuesday-17.html

  10. I love how you have a bit of everything in here, from timeless classics like The Hobbit and modern classics like Harry Potter. And of course, you have Brandon Sanderson who is a must! Awesome list! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  11. I'm a total fantasy failure with this list, haha. I've only read (and loved) Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, and A Darker Shade of Magic. I do plan on checking the rest of these out...sometime :P

  12. Oddly enough despite loving fantasy so much and having more or less started reading a lot from that genre growing up I never got around to reading Narnia :3 I picked one of the books up from the library when I was in elementary but then never really read and the had to return it...and then never got back to it again. I watched The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe but that was about it from my experience with the series. I should get around to reading it one of these days...

    Anyways, fantastic list with great titles =D

  13. Great minds think alike indeed! although you have different books than i picked!
    I can't wait to finally have some free time to read both the lord of the rings and Nix's Sabriel series! those two have been a priority for a while now, but with all my schoolwork I just haven't had the time to get them!
    Great topic!
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

  14. Of the ones that I've read (Hobbit, Narnia, Mistborn, Harry Potter, Throne of Glass), I feel like the absolutely should be on this list. I had a problem with The Golden Compass. I DNF'd it about 2 chapters in about 8 years ago. Zane is reading it right now though. I have the Abhorsen and Darker Shade series on my to-read list.

  15. I need to try Pierce and Sanderson still! Great picks!

    Check out my TTT.


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