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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!