Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is books for readers who like ___. Well, I didn’t know what the blank was, so I’m supplying my own!
So today’s topic is…. books for readers who like FANTASY. Big shocker there, right? Well, I love fantasy and oftentimes these two are lumped together, and so I’m going to list my top ten picks that I believe fall into the category that I think fantasy lovers (or those that are curious) should read!
1. “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas. Again, big shocker, right? This is a YA fantasy series that follows a female assassin, Celeana, in a world that once had magic, but somehow that magic disappeared. It’s a tale with loss, love, vengeance, and other cool things. It gets better with each book and I highly recommend it.
2. “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet or special channel TV over the last few years you may have heard of this series adapted from a great book series. Though I’m still on book one the rich depth and detail that Martin gives is one in which any fantasy reader shoulder give a go at.
3. “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. This is a YA urban fantasy romance trilogy that follows a girl named Jacinda and how she and her family are trying fight for survival because of the blood that courses through their veins: dragon blood. It’s a great trilogy and I really loved it when I read it so I highly recommend if you enjoy dragons!
4. “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor. This was a recent read, but definitely a favorite read. Set in both the modern world and a world in between, it follows a girl with blue hair and a secret life. It has adventure, romance, chimera. I mean, it’s really great.
5. “Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. This is a great start to a fun and different YA fantasy series that follows a girl named Meira and how she is part of the kingdom of Winter, in which the majority of the people have been taken as slaves or died. It’s full of rich detail in scenery and a strong female protagonist. I recommend this if you’re just getting into fantasy.
6. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. This urban fantasy series is one of the most popular YA fantasy series, and with good reason. The characters and plot are fantastic and Clare’s writing just draws you in, wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Highly, highly recommend if you’re looking to commit to a longer series.
7. “The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa. This is a faerie fantasy series that’s one of my absolute favorites. It follows this human girl, Meagan, and her journey into Faerie. But there are deeper and darker secrets that form around her and things start to get a little intense as they go. It’s filled with action, tricks, love, and fun.
8. “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman. This was one of my top reads in 2014 and I couldn’t not have it on this list. It’s about a boy, Tristran, who tells the girl he loves he’ll catch the falling star they saw together just for her. Well, he has to travel through Faerie to get to it and on the way he discovers many different things not only about the star and the world, but about himself. The writing is beautiful and the story is intricately woven. Lovely read and highly recommend.
9. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Did you think this wouldn’t make the cut? It’s Harry Potter. Though I’m still working through reading the series for my first time (yes, yes, I know), I still love it and the magical whimsy that is all throughout these books. It’s about friendship and hardships and overcoming the bad with the good.
10. “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios. A book about genies? I mean, yeah, awesome! I’ve never read a book about them and this one was definitely interesting in its plot and characters and the powers behind the jinnis, as they’re called. If you’re looking for something a bit different, I suggest picking this up.
So what are some of your top books you’d recommend to readers of fantasy?