Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.
This Week’s Question: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read (High) Fantasy
I really love a good fantasy novel but haven’t read nearly as many as i should have. My list will contain some current favourites and people may find some of the books on my list not to their taste of ‘real fantasy’. However all of these stories i have thoroughly enjoyed and i hope that if you choose to read any of the books on this list, that you will also enjoy them 🙂 Also for those that don’t know what high fantasy means, it involves the main world of the novel to be different to our own. i.e. The Mortal Instruments Series is an Urban Fantasy as it is mainly set in the ‘real world’. There are many books that i wish i could include on this list, however i have not yet gotten around to reading them myself so cannot recommend. (*cough*LordoftheRings*cough*)
10. All the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
When i was a lot younger my dad gave me a box set of all 7 of the Narnia books. They were the first real taste of fantasy that i had and i could not get enough of them. If, like many people, you have only read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe you are missing out on a truly incredible series. I used to love reading about all the adventures that went on and would recommend starting with The Magician’s Nephew which really sets up Narnia for the remainder of the series.
9. The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks
Right, so this isn’t going to be top of the list for a lot of people, however i really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Again, i thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the remainder of the series 🙂
7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
When i first read Eragon i absolutely adored this series, i’ve currently only read the first two books and i haven’t checked them in a while. But if you want an awesome story with dragons, this is a book you definitely should read. (Also if anyone claims there was a movie, it is lies. Whatever that was, it was not Eragon :P)
6. Sabriel by Garth Nix
Wow, this was one of the first series that i read of this genre and i subsequently proceeded to reread it when finished. I’m not even sure where my copies are anymore, but one things for sure. This is definitely a series you should check out 🙂
5. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Potentially aimed at a younger audience, though i’m pretty sure if i read them now i would fall in love all over again. If you want the whole princesses and dragons and general awesomesauceness that comes with epic fantasies, then please check this series out. I treasure my copies of this series 🙂
4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I have read both Graceling and Fire and they both took my breath away with the fantastic plot and setting of these books, if you have not yet jumped onto the Graceling bandwagon there is no time like the present.
3. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
I can’t even really remember what happens in this series, i’m thinking about rereading it in the next week or so. However the feelings i get when i look at the books on my shelf are so intense and remind me of how i felt whilst reading, the happiness and sadness and frustration. Any book that makes me feel those emotions just by looking at the spine on my shelf deserves a place on this list.
2. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Study Series is one of (if not #1) my favourite series ever. Yelena and Valek and Ari and Janco and everyone in this book is written so well and the plot is just so interesting and i’m starting to ramble. But i can’t describe my love for this series enough. The third in the trilogy even had an ending which didn’t leave me feeling frustrated, like so many endings do nowadays. I’m a bit apprehensive about the “rebirth” of this trilogy, however will be preordering and devoting each book once it’s released.
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This series is probably the newest on this list and the one i’ve most recently read. However that does not diminish the feels i get for this book and the series as a whole. It is already in contention for one of my favourite series’ ever and i literally cannot wait until Heir of Fire is released in about a month’s time. The world building alone in these books is incredible and you real feel for a character that another author could not make you sympathise with. Definitely a must read!
What are your top ten this week?
Thanks for reading,