Top Ten Favorite Books in Fantasy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Unlike Addison, my favorite genre is fantasy. I read so much of it, you guys, it's almost embarrassing (not really!). So I figured I have a good sense of the genre enough to do a Top Ten post over it! So here we go!

1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Obviously, you cannot be a fantasy lover without at least reading this series once through (multiple times is recommended). I grew up on a healthy dose of fantasy when I was a little girl. My dad actually read Tolkien's works to us as bedtime stories, so I guess that's why I love fantasy so much. It's practically in my blood.

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This series is near and dear to my heart for oh so many reasons. It spans adolescence and touches you well into your adulthood years. Though I finished these books when I was a teenager, I still feel such strong ties to the HP realm. So many emotions and so much growth in so many different ways.

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Again, I love LOTR, so these books were definitely up my ally. High fantasy, dragons, elves, dwarves, and the adventure a coming of age story brings with it. I read this series in high school and into college, and I loved every minute of it -wordiness and all.

4. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This is some of the best high fantasy I have read since Tamora Pierce in middle school. She writes emotionally and as realistically and gory as you can get when it comes to YA fantasy. Her writing is emotion laden, and I wish so desperately that I could write like her. One of the most brilliant works I've read published post-millennia. 

5 & 6. The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce. Her books were my first jump into fantasy other than Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. She was the first fantasy series I read as a young adult as well, and boy did these books shape me in ways I didn't even fully realize at the time. I read these books at the perfect time. I was growing and I didn't know who I was, but these subconsciously changed me and reminded me that I was a strong girl and I could grow to be a strong woman. I will be forever thankful to Pierce for cultivating that strength in me. I would give these to any girl (or boy) especially in middle and high school. No questions asked.

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. This series is so endearing. I read them when I was in college, and, having taken college English courses in mythology, I found myself laughing out loud. Yes, these books are funny to students, but there is just something so hilarious if you know the actual mythology. Fantastic series and fantastic middle grade writing.

8. The Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore. Though I have my issues with this series, I did quite enjoy them -though I refuse to acknowledge that Bitterblue is part of this series because it's so terrible in my opinion. Fire was my favorite in the entire series with Graceling not far behind. They carried strong heroines and a creative setting that would make any fantasy lover's knees weak.

9. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This is one of my favorites by Neil Gaiman. It's so fantastical and unlike any book you've ever read. I love it so much. This should be one of the Gaiman books you read, even if you don't necessarily like his writing.

10. Defy by Sara B. Larson. This is a 2014 debut author, and I fell in love with her writing and world building as easily as I did her protagonist, Alexa. Needless to say, she is going to be a big writer in the fantasy genre for years to come. 

*Other fantasy authors you should read include: Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, GRR Martin, and Terry Goodkind. They are all adult fantasy, but if you like fantasy, you will get sucked in immediately.

What are your favorite fantasy books? Leave a comment or tweet me at: @amandapate


  1. I chose the paranormal genre for my list. I considered choosing fantasy, but though there are some fantasy books that I love, I wasn't sure I could come up with ten really good ones.

    Some of my favourite fantasy novels are The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis.

    1. I have heard such good things about Howl's Moving Castle. I saw the Myazaki movie, but I've never had the chance to read the book. Both of the other books you mentioned look great! i will have to add them to my TBR pile! Thanks for the input! I wish I could say I read the books on your TTT post, but I haven't read any of those either! Yay for an ever growing TBR list!


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