Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre, and I knew I had to choose fantasy. It is the genre I read the most often, and the genre that has most consistently blown me away.
1. All of the Mistborn novels by Brandon Sanderson
Do you love intricate world building, vibrant characters, and lots and lots of plot twists? Then you HAVE to read Mistborn!
2. Graceling and Fire by Kristen Cashore
These are some of the first YA fantasy books I ever read, and I have to thank them for making me fall in love with the genre. They have the perfect balance between creative fantasy elements, powerful female characters, and swoon-inducing romance.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book is CREEPY AF. It blurs the line between fantasy and horror, fairy tale and nightmare, and does it all while creating one of my favorite heroines and love interests ever.
4. the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
If you haven’t heard of this series yet, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The series doesn’t hit its stride until the third book (in my opinion), but once it does, it becomes one of the most captivating YA fantasy stories out there.
5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I am in love with everything about this series: the characters, the world-building, the magic, and the writing style. I could read these books forever.
6. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson writes fantasy like no other. This is one of the most complex, moving fantasy stories ever—and it is a standalone.
7. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did, but it’s relentless dedication calling out sexism and racism won me over. It’s characters break the expected mold and the world building is unique even if it is not extremely complex.
8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is one of my comfort books. The story is gorgeous, with perfectly flawed characters and a wonderful hate-to-love romance. This is a must read.
9. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Though the fantasy elements in this series are subtle, I still love them. This is one of my favorite series ever, and the small bits of fantasy thrown in only make it better.
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is MAGNIFICENT. Both the fantasy world Morgenstern creates and the way she writes about it are unique and unforgettable. If you haven’t read this book yet GO READ IT.
11. the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Finally, how could this list be complete without my current obsession, the ACOTAR series? A Court of Mist and Fury DESTROYED me, earning the title of one of the most powerful stories I have ever read.
Have you read these books? What are your favorite fantasy books?