Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #60

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 Books to Gift the Fantasy Lover in Your Life

Sabriel - My newest fantasy obsession - I can't believe I waited until last year to finally experience The Old Kingdom with it's inherent magic and darkness. Classic fantasy readers of all ages should enjoy this one!

The Amulet of Samarkand - I might have only gotten into these books this year, but I know a quality fantasy story when I see it. The Bartimaeus Sequence features a unique and elaborate fantasy world paired with an eclectic mix of shades-of-gray characters.

The Way of Kings -  Epic high-fantasy at it's finest but this one is mostly for mature readers, because of the page-count and the complex world-building and character development. Beyond that though, The Stormlight Archive is my favorite Sanderson story to date.

Harry Potter - Obviously. If you know a fantasy-reader that has yet to meet Harry Potter (seriously? WTF.), please do me a favor and push the series on them until they cave in and read it. And then send them my way so I can tell them: You're welcome.

Throne of Glass - This is a more mature fantasy series due to violent and sexy content - also because it might just irrevocably destroy more innocent souls. Nevertheless, fantasy readers need the Throne of Glass Series in their lives.

Alcatraz VS The Evil Librarians - We're talking fantasy so there will be multiple Sanderson references from this girl - did you expect anything less?  Alcatraz is a middle-grade series that could double as YA. It's also clever like anything Sanderson writes while being irreverent and snarky!

A Darker Shade of Magic - Any fantasy reader should read some Schwab but Shades of Magic is her most overtly-fantasy offering.  Her world-building is mesmerizing, the characters are memorable but most of all: elemental magic and a magic coat!

Artemis Fowl - This is a MG/YA series that reads like an adult action movie. If adult action movies had fairies, leprechauns, centaurs and teenaged criminal masterminds. I might be new to the series but I know what I like and I like Artemis Fowl.

Mistborn: The Final Empire - My last Sanderson rec, I swear. Mistborn is where I recommend Sanderson-newbies start. It's a quick read. It's dark AF. It's an adult fantasy that has YA-crossover appeal. It's epic fights, war, revolution and feels.

Cinder - I know that The Lunar Chronicles is sci-fi BUT it's also fairytale. And the futuristic world-building, ships (the romantic kind) and kick-ass characters are sure to please most fantasy readers, provided they don't hate sci-fi or fairytales LOL!

What other books would you gift a fantasy reader?


  1. I read Cinder but still need to read the rest of the series (which I now own in its entirety thanks to Book Outlet). I've also been really interested in the Evil Librarian series lately. Great list!

  2. I so love your list! There are so many I love seeing up there (HP, ToG, Sabriel) and then so many I still need to read!

  3. This is such a perfect list! The variety on here is perfect and I love that you've included extremely popular favorites and also a few underrated ones. :)

  4. I love this weeks topic, mostly as it is helping me find more and more things I want to buy for myself. I love that you went with a book recommendations post for fantasy, as it is my favourite genre and I am always looking to find more. I have owned A Darker Shade of Magic for so long now, I really need to hurry up and read it. You can find my own gift guide here.

  5. Great topic. I need to try Sanderson, I haven't read an epic fantasy in AGES. The stormlight archive is the one that appeals to me the most, I think. And Sabriel has my attention after seeing it in some of your posts. I'm new to that one.

    I don't know how Sanderson gets such huge books out. George MArtin, take heed!!

  6. Sanderson is a must! And the great thing is, he's got a book/series for every persuasion and age group too. Alcatraz for Middle Grade and The Way of Kings for adult. For YA I would heartily recommend The Reckoners or The Rithmatist (love that book!)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  7. I need to try Garth Nix one of these days. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. I loved this list. I am not a big fantasy reader- although I have been finding myself enjoying it more and more. So, I am always on the hunt for something good.

  9. Awesome, list, love it! I read almost all of them and 3 are still on my radar :) The only one I am not interested in, is Cinder :D

  10. I've either read or want to read ALL of these! :D I so need to return to the Old Kingdom soon with Lirael. EEK- I can't believe A Conjuring of Light will be here soon! With all series finales, I both can't wait to get my hands on it and dread reading it because it is the end, plus I'm sure it's going to wreck me a few times before the last page. XD

  11. I'm only 4 out of 10 here. But I'm thinking MIstborn will be my number 1 priority come 2017. It needs to happen finally. Maybe 2017 will be the year of Brandon Sanderson for me. I mean, you have three separate Sanderson series here!!

  12. These books are excellent as I've read all (well, most) of them! 10/10 would make amazing gifts


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