All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s post is one that’s near and dear to my heart, because I get to talk about some all-time favorites! I have a lot of favorites so to narrow it down a bit, I chose to focus on my favorite genre: fantasy.

Of course this is still a huge genre in itself with tons of subgenres: urban fantasy, high fantasy, historical fantasy, magical realism and so on. However, this list is a mix of several fantasy types. Because I can’t choose. But I guess most are high fantasy anyway. Either way, these are all awesome.

Also, I just want to say I am still reading and discovering so many great new books every day and my TBR is HUGE, so of course this list is still likely to change. I already could not stick to ten, so hey, in a few years I may have my top 100 for you! #somethingtolookforwardto

THE BIG 3

Though I could not put this list into an actual top ten if I tried, I do have a top 3. These three series have all solidified my love for fantasy in one way or another. I have read them at different times in my life but they all mean the world to me.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

This series was my first foray into fantasy. And though it was intimidating as hell, I quickly fell in love with the whole concept of fantasy worlds, magical creatures and epic quests. Also, Samwise Gamgee is the first fictional character I ever loved. Though I must admit I have seen the movies many many times and only read the books once.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling harry-potter-and-the-chamber-of-secrets-by-j-k-rowling harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkaban harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire harry-potter-and-the-order-of-the-phoenix harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows

Of course. I don’t think any explanation is needed. This series means everything to me.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Ok, so this series isn’t technically finished yet, however I have loved every single book so far and have no doubt I will love the final one as well. The feelings I have for this series match the ones I have for LotR and Harry Potter. The amount of time I spend thinking about this story and these characters is kind of crazy but I don’t mind.

OTHER ALL-TIME FAVORITES

The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Though I love it just slightly less than the Throne of Glass series, it is not that far behind. Especially book two, A Court of Mist and Fury, is pure awesomeness. Plus only Sarah J. Maas books are capable of giving me such massive book hangovers.

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ah, the world of the Grisha! This series had everything I love, plus one of the best villains ever, plus the amazing Nikolai Lantsov, who owns part of my heart. Also, it’s set in a fantasy world inspired by Russia. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then I don’t know what will!

The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Ah, the world of the Grisha, part two! Ok, technically I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet, so I can’t speak for that one yet, but Six of Crows was sooo good that it was one of my favorites of 2015 and may have even slightly surpassed the Grisha trilogy for me. (Shh, don’t tell them.) I have no doubt that Crooked Kingdom will blow me away as well.

The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Fire by Kristin Cashore Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Another amazing fantasy classic in my view. Though Bitterblue was my least favorite of the three (was not a fan of the high focus on politics, but it was still good though!), Katsa and Fire are two of my favorite heroines out there!

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

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This world will draw you in. These characters. The story. The romance. Agh. Please just read this. I feel like people have either read it and love it or have not yet heard about it.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Oh yes, I just barely read this book and it’s already in my all-time favorites list. There’s just no way it can’t be. It is the perfect unique fantasy adventure. (And I’m dying to read A Gathering of Shadows, though I again have no doubt it will be equally perfect)

The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

I feel like this series is a bit underrated, but I am willing to step up and shout out my love for this story to the world. I love this world, I love these characters, but honestly, I love the romance here most of all.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I was procrastinating reading this series for the longest time. And though I honestly had some issues getting into the story, I still got sucked in so much that I’m doubting my own sanity for not reading and loving this one earlier. The writing is phenomenal, the characters so real and the friendship is out-of-this-world amazing.

The Final empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Again, technically I can only speak for book one because to my shame, I have not yet finished this series. One, because it’s big and intimidating and two, because the font is really, really small and hurts my eyes. Time to man up and look up if there’s an audiobook maybe, because The Final Empire was phenomenal story-telling and even better worldbuilding.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I have never read anything so unique and refreshing as this trilogy. I went into it not really knowing what to expect and it blew me away. I can only advise anyone who hasn’t read this yet to do the same: just start reading without knowing much about it and let the story take you away completely.

The Infernal Devices / Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare clockwork-prince-by-cassandra-clare clockwork-princess-by-cassandra-clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I know the Shadowhunter world technically started with The Mortal Instruments, but I have to admit that that series is my least favorite of them all. Books 1-3 were still ok, but books 4-6 were just… not for me. However, The Infernal Devices and Lady Midnight are so stupidly, amazingly good. I will continue reading anything Cassandra Clare writes because of them.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan percy-jackson-and-the-sea-of-monsters-by-rick-riordan the-titans-curse-by-rick-riordan the-battle-of-the-labyrinth-by-rick-riordan the-last-olympian-by-rick-riordan

Epic quests, Greek mythology and a lot of humor. Can it get any better than that? Also, I know I have to catch up with the rest of Rick Riordan’s books. Must get on that, stat! But first, a Percy Jackson re-read is needed.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Another one of my favorite books read in 2015. It was gripping and full of action and suspense from page 1 and I have never been more enthralled by a book. To know that it was originally a standalone, but know I can get more books is an amazing gift. Onto A Torch Against The Night!

have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Also, What is your favorite fantasy book? Please feel free to give me recommendations!

38 thoughts on “All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Greg says:

    So many good books here. Totally agree about Lord of the Rings, probably my all time favorite. The Throne of Glass series is impressive to me just for their size and how she gets those books out- I wish George RR Martin could do that lol. I will probably read those once of these days. And I’ve heard good things about the Graceling series, and those covers are phenomenal- especially the one for Fire.

    I’ve always been curious about the Elemental trilogy too- I like the idea of elemental powers and those covers don’t hurt either. Fantastic list!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks! Lord of the Rings indeed feels like a must for any fantasy list – I feel like it started so much, at least for me. I know, it’s crazy how Sarah J. Maas manages to get out two 700-page books a year! Not that I’m complaining šŸ™‚ And I love both the Graceling and the Elemental series, though I feel like the Elemental series is one of those series that you either love or hate. I love them though šŸ™‚ Hope you’ll enjoy when you get to them!

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks! I actually also watched The Fellowship of the Ring first and that started my interest. I then read all three books before watching the other two movies. Before LotR I was not into fantasy at all, so it really started everything for me too šŸ™‚ I’d definitely recommend The Seven Realms! The first book started a bit slow for me, but near the end I was hooked and I binge-read the entire series in a period of 2 weeks šŸ˜‰ Hope you’ll enjoy them!

  2. Lori says:

    I loooooove your list! So many of these are my favorite books ever! Grisha series, Graceling trilogy, and Harry Potter are my absolute favorites from your list, but I’ve read and loved a lot of them. I still need to read the last book in the Gods and Monsters series. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten everything from the first two books. šŸ™ I read book one of Seven Realms. I really need to get the rest. And I really want to read An Ember in the Ashes soon. Sigh…so many good books!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thank you! Glad we have some favorites in common šŸ™‚
      I totally understand, if I don’t manage to finish a series, chances are it’s because I forgot everything that happened in the previous books! Then I need to re-read before continuing but then that takes so much time… Hope you’ll get to finish Gods and Monsters one day though! And Seven Realms and An Ember in the Ashes šŸ™‚ There are just too many books out there and never enough time šŸ˜‰

  3. Suzanne says:

    I did fantasies as well this week but am not nearly as well read as you are. We have a few similar titles but all the rest of these are either already on my TBR or will be headed that way after reading your post šŸ™‚

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Ahhh I LOVE and ADORE so much about this post!! Like what do I even flail over first with you!?? Definitely the Raven Cycle *shrieks* one of my all-time favourite series in the history of EVER. And I also adore anything and everything VE Schwab writes.? Plus Rick Riordan is constantly hilariously wonderful and I need to read more Brandon Sanderson too. hehe. I loved Misborn #1 but never read on?!? What’s even wrong with me. What are my life choices. Sheesh.
    AND YUS TO SIX OF CROWS!!!!! I re-read it recently because I’m just that obsessed and it just gets better every time I tell you!!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Failing is always good and should be done several times a day. It’s healthy šŸ™‚ And yes, The Raven Cycle is soo good! I’m so glad I finally read this because now I’m obsessed! And I’m just getting into VE Schwab with A Darker Shade of Magic but I have no doubt more will follow son and my obsession will become equal to The Raven Boys. Rick Riordan is amazing, I need a Percy Jackson re-read. And then continue with the rest of his books. Also, yay because I also only read Mistborn #1 and loved it but never read on, so at least I’m not the only one with questionable life choices šŸ˜‰

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Percy Jackson and Harry Potter are some of the best of this list so that’s definitely an excellent start šŸ˜‰ I’m in love with Sarah J. Maas’s books so I highly recommend them as well!

  5. Jamie @ Watch Game Read says:

    Yay for the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, Mistborn and Percy Jackson! I hope you read the Mistborn sequels soon! You’ll love them if you like the worldbuilding aspect of the first one. I’m planning to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Six of Crows soon. Hopefully I’ll enjoy them šŸ™‚ I’m loving the Raven Cycle. I’m on the third book right now, which is why I didn’t include it in my list. I agree that the characters are so real. They’re the highlight for me.
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I certainly aim to read the Mistborn sequels soon šŸ™‚ I’m kind of waiting for the next readathon, so I have some extra incentive to finish them. I hope you’ll enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic and Six of Crows! And yes for the Raven Cycle – I only read them this year because I was procrastinating starting this series for a long time, but now I have fallen in love šŸ™‚

  6. Sky @ BookishNight says:

    oh great list~ I am obviously SJM trash because I can’t stop with her books, they are so good. You know, I read the first book in the The Elemental trilogy but never picked up the rest of the trilogy and I’m kind of wishing I had. I had nothing bad to say about the first book, the rest of it just got lost in my never ending TBR. I also really loved Graceling, though I didn’t like the other two books in the series as much, which was really disappointing for me.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah yes to any Sarah J. Maas book – I haven’t read any book by her I didn’t like, they’re all good šŸ™‚ Hope you’ll get to pick up the rest of the Elemenatal trilogy though – it’s one of my favorites! I understand, Graceling was my favorite out of the 3 books as well! I liked Fire a lot too, but I was a bit disappointed with Bitterblue.

  7. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    I love Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Raven Cycle and A Darker Shade of Magic SOOOO much!!!! I read the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and really enjoyed it too. I need to read Six of Crows, The Grisha trilogy and An Ember in the Ashes.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed A Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the series as well šŸ™‚ And of course Six of Crows, the Grisha trilogy and An Ember in the Ashes! Just talking about them makes me want to re-read them šŸ˜‰

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I have ATATN sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, but I kind of want to re-read An Ember in the Ashes first so I can be completely immersed in the story again before continuing šŸ™‚ The Raven Cycle is so amazing, hope you’ll enjoy it!

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