Top Ten Tuesday: Books Every Magic Lover Should Read

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is books that every ___ should read. We got to pick the kind of person we wanted to recommend books to, and I chose people that enjoy reading about magic!


1 . Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Honestly, did you not expect this to be on the list? I find that the magic in this world is something that we, as children, definitely wanted to have when we were younger. And we’re all still waiting for our letter.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This story has a different sort of magic that relies on wishes and incantations. Though it’s mostly magic of a different kind, there are still elements and hints of a deeper kind of magic throughout the world.

3. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. This trilogy has a different kind of magic system that focuses on Allomancy: the use of metals and the different types of metals having a different effect.

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I think that the magic in this world is so complex and so interconnected to everything around it that it’s just really kind of cool. A lot of it is elemental, but there are some that are different and deeper like truthwitches, bloodwitches, threadwitches, etc.

5. Air Awakens by Elise Kova. This series has a lot of elemental magic of varying levels and degrees and I just love, love, love it.

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. You guys know me by now. Though the magic doesn’t really appear until the third book I find that when it’s used by people that it’s intimidating and strong.

7. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. I haven’t read or watched Sailor Moon in a bagillion years, but this classic magical girl story is one that should definitely be appreciated by anyone who wants silly, fun magic in their lives based off of the planets.

8. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. If you love faeries and fey magic then definitely pick up this series. I need to reread it soon because I remember loving it and the magic in it.

9. Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase. As my all time favorite manga series, I had to include this. The magic in this book is subtle and not too often, but it involves the main character being sucked into a book and having to live through a lot of things. Some magic does happen, but it’s a mysterious kind.


10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The writing itself may as well be magical, but this is another faerie story with a lot of faerie magic, tricks, and turns. I love this book and the beauty within it.

There you have it! Ten books that I think people who love magic should take a peek at. Some have more magic than others, and some vary in the kind of magic used, but I definitely think all of them are definitely worth checking out.

What books did you recommend today? What kind of magic books would you recommend to me? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Have Powers

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is top ten characters from books who feature ___. You get to choose what to put in the blank, and I chose “powers.” Now, what kinds of powers? Well, any kind, really. You’ll see once I list them.

1. Nalia from “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios. She’s a jinni (genie), so she has powers in which she can manipulate the elements around her, as well as poof into smoke. I’d call that having a power.

2. Celeana from “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas. Celeana’s powers don’t really come to her until the third book in the series, but when it does, IT IS AWESOME. And wicked powerful. And hot (like heat hot, not attractive hot… maybe).

3. Karou from “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor. Karou’s powers are kind of hidden in the beginning, but once she meets Akiva all bets are off because it’s then when her powers are really discovered. Plus she can technically wish for powers if she has the right bead and everything…

4. Tessa from “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare. Her ability is really cool, and I’d call it a kind of power. Being able to transform into someone who is living or dead? Pretty cool, and kind of creepy. But mostly cool.

5. Dorian from “Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas. His ability kind of really exploded (literally) in the second book. I mean, wow. It’s really cool, but it’s also kind of terrifying to think what might happen to him. ICE ICE BABY.

6. Juliette from “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi. She has the power to kill people if only they touch her skin. Or cause severe pain if they manage to let go before they die. Like. Whoa. That’s intense and cool and frightening.

7. Lucia from “Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. She has to hide her powers from the world, and being the first full-fledged sorceress in ages, it’s no wonder she has to hide her powers. Elementals are her thing.

8. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Oh, Magnus. I love him, I really do. And since he is the High Warlock of Brooklyn, he has all kinds of nifty powers, from creating blue flames and sparks in his hands to conjuring up portals. I mean, what more can you ask for?

9. Harry Potter from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Everyone’s favorite wizard is of course going to make it onto this list. He has magical powers! And he’s the Chosen One! Spiffy title. Spiffy powers. I mean, why the hell not? (You know you wish you were a wizard/witch.)

10. Jacinda from “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. She can change into a freakin’ dragon. A human-ish dragon, but still, A DRAGON. I want that power… So cool. To be able to fly and soar and use whatever element I was born with? Yes please.

So what do all of these characters have in common? They were all born with their various powers. Some knew right off the bat while others had to find out the hard way about what and who they are. I love characters that can kick butt and defy reality with powers of any kind, especially elemental power. So, so cool.

What are some of your favorite characters who feature powers from books? Let me know!