October 9, 2019

TCS Favorites: Fantasy Edition

*I’m rolling out the favorites lists. This one is going to be one of my favorites to do because fantasy is my favorite genre. No, I don’t like every book I read from this genre but most of my favorites are fantasy books. There is just something so nice about escaping to a world where nothing is familiar. It’s a great way to relax after a long day. Unless of course, you choose to read Kingdom of Ash like I do. It’s not so much relaxing and more like holding your breath every time a character has a close shave with death....Anyway, here are my favorite fantasy books of all time.

My favorite fantasy books

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
These books are on the very top of my favorite books ever list. I haven’t read anything that even comes close to these. They kinda saved my sanity as a stay at home mom and ended an almost 3-year long reading slump. I don’t know if anything will even come close to toppling these out of their spot on my list.

Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Always. Until the very end. I love the Harry Potter books so much. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to read these books as a child so I came to the HP world very late. I started reading them in high school because my friends could not believe that I hadn’t read them yet. I had seen the movies but the books held so much more magic for me. They will always have a special place in my heart. I’m just hoping the magic of Harry Potter will convince my boys that books are a great place to spend their time.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
I think Eragon was my first fictional crush. I mean, seriously. A boy who can do magic and has a dragon for his best friend? What could be better? This book also started my obsession with all things elves. (The tall beautiful kind, not like Santa’s elves. Just so we are clear.) I grew up on this series. The last book came out the year I was married and it really felt like the end of an era for me.

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
There are a lot of things I could say about these books. I loved them soooo much in high school. It was the beginning of the sexy vampire era and I was LIVING for it. I don’t regret having loved these. And I’m not ashamed to say I still like them. I still watch the movies on occasion.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
I was in the dark about this amazing series for a very long time. I didn’t even know it existed until my mom rented The Fellowship of the Ring movie for a movie night once. I watched all of the movies before I read the books. The Return of the King movie released when I was 13. I read the entire book the following summer. I was OBSESSED with Legolas. And Orlando Bloom. Serious crushing going on there. At one point I had a Lord of the Rings wall in my room. I’m sure my parents were slightly worried about me.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
This series is very new to me even though I know it’s a few years old. I love it! I was having a hard time deciding if it was Fantasy or Science Fiction. It could be either one. I love the world that Laini created here. I love her writing style and her characters make you just want to scoop them up and snuggle them.

Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor
This duology was my first experience with Laini’s writing and I fell in love with it. It is such a beautiful story about loneliness and friendship. There is something powerful that happens when someone else see’s you for who you truly are and they don’t run from you.

The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix
I read this series a long time ago. It was scary but also fascinating! It’s been so long that I struggle to remember what all happens in it. I know there is a girl who must protect the line between humanity and demons. It’s a lot more complex than that and I think that people of any age would enjoy these books.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I have not yet completed this series. I’m halfway through the last book but I know it’s going to be one of my favorite series. Reading a series this long and getting to know the characters so well makes it feel like they are old friends. I’m going to be sad when the series is over, but at least I can always reread them.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I LOVED this book so much. I’m a little disappointed that it is a standalone but the story was amazing. I really related to Elisabeth and I adored Silas. I will be rereading this at some point.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This book is amazing! A true YA fantasy novel. If you don’t want to worry about young readers getting exposed to stuff you don’t want them to then Curse is a good bet. It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for the sequel to release. I will be rereading it soon. Probably in January 2020 right before A Heart so Fierce and Broken releases.

The Sight by David Clement-Davies
I read this book a long time ago too but I loved the story. It’s about a tight-nit wolf-pack and some kind of prophecy. I think. It’s been a while so I could be wrong.

Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies
Another book I read a long time ago. This one is about a deer herd and a prophecy. I really love David’s writing and these stories pack a lot in them.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I know that these books can be controversial. I read them when I was in middle school and I loved them a lot. Somehow I was mature enough to know it’s just a story and I don’t have to change my whole belief system based on a fictional novel. It must mean my parents did something right with me. I do plan to introduce these books to my boys when they are older. Just to show them that other people have different ways they view the world and that’s ok.

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
I don’t have a lot of experience with Japanese mythology so when I read this book I was blown away! I loved the storytelling and developing romance. I have the second novel on my shelves but somehow have managed not to pick it up yet.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
This story was so magical! I loved how it was written with French words sprinkled throughout. I also loved the relationship between Camille and her sister and between Camille and the boy she loves. Definitely a true YA book.

Well! That was an excellently long list. Clearly, I have a preference for fantasy books. My favorite sci-fi and historical fiction lists are not going to be this long.

Happy reading,