Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week is about the hardest choice ever: your all-time favorite books in a specific genre. Because I like to make things even harder for myself, I’m choosing 10 of my all-time favorite books in my all-time favorite genre.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // This couldn’t be missing on this list. I know it isn’t the easiest book to read. It’s a classic after all, and none of those books are easy reads. I have just so much love for this series. For Middle Earth. For Frodo. For Pippin. For Aragorn. Yes, it has its flaws. But I love it to bits.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // Another series I can’t leave off the list. If I didn’t include this, you’d all know I was lying. I know it may be boring to always see this book everywhere. Yet you have to know that there’s a reason for it. I’m not apologizing for putting it on my list, because you know it deserves a place here.
The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch // A more recent addition to the all-time favorite fantasy books list, as I started this series in 2014. It’s great. I’m sad we have to wait so long for the next book, yet I do understand. I appreciate the updates we get, and I can’t wait for the moment I get to hold and read Thorn of Emberlain. By the way, I’d highly recommend the audio books of this series! The narrator is pretty great.
The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan // I’d actually suggest both the Riyria Revelations, and the Riyria Chronicles. I love these series so much. The characters are incredible, and the plot is captivating. I flew through them in no time.
The Others by Anne Bishop // I discovered this series in 2013, and it has stayed on my favorites list ever since. I’ve re-read the first book multiple times, and every year I request the review copy of the new release. I can’t believe it’s about to be over, as the next book will be the final one.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // A recommendation from Inge, and I’ll always be grateful for it. I’ve read one other Sanderson book, The Final Empire, but I think I loved this one even more. Maybe I’ll change my mind when I read its sequels. I’d highly recommend Warbreaker, it’s an amazing book.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // This book sparked my love for V.E. Schwab. Or maybe it was Vicious? I’m not sure. Anyway, it’s an amazing book! It has got different Londons, magic and incredible characters. I’m sure a lot of you have already read it though, so I don’t know why I bother explaining it here.
Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini // This is another childhood favorite. I re-read it a year (or 2 years?) ago, and I have to admit the writing in the first book isn’t the best ever. Yet I love the story. And the author was only a teenager. His writing improves massively over the books, and I will love this story forever. He said he’d write a fifth book, but there has been no news so far.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin // Another obvious yet necessary choice. It’s been years since I’ve read this series though, I’m probably due for a re-read. You know, in case the next book is ever released.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson // I think this trilogy is criminally underrated. I really love it. It’s got Hispanic influences, a strong female character who isn’t drop-dead-gorgeous from the start, kingdoms at war and magic.
Those are 10 of the fantasy books/series that are on my all-time favorites list. Have you read them? What did you think? Which ones would be on your list?