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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // I listened to the audiobook last year, and fell in love with this story and its characters. There was so much hype surrounding this book, but in my opinion it deserves all the praise. This took me on an emotional rollercoaster and I can’t wait to read the sequel this year. I would also recommend the audiobook, the narrator did a great job!
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I picked this series up because of the hype on Booktube and on Reddit. Brandon Sanderson seems to be a universally loved fantasy author, and I couldn’t miss out on that. I’m so glad I picked these up. They’re honestly so good! I would’ve put Warbreaker on this list because I absolutely adored that one too but I feel like there’s so little hype surrounding Warbreaker compared to his other books.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt // This is quite the well-known book… I have to admit it intimidated me at first. Yet I had heard so many people talk about it and seen it in the ‘recommended’ section of so many bookstores, that I knew I had to at least try reading it. And while it took me a bit to get into the story, I ended up falling in love with it. I’m planning on re-reading it this year (or maybe in 2019).
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers // I don’t think I would’ve picked this book up if it weren’t for the hype. I don’t read that much science fiction so I wouldn’t have grabbed it on my own. I’m so happy I did. The characters in this story are wonderful and I want to give them all a big hug. And the world! Highly recommend this book (and the sequel).
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // The hype surrounding this duology is absolutely nuts. Yet so correct at the same time… This ended up being on of my favorite fantasy stories and one I’m sure I will re-read at some point. The amount of diversity in these 2 books is just fantastic.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch // I think there’s a lot of hype surrounding this book in the fantasy-communities on Reddit, Booktube and blogs. I also know a lot of people couldn’t get into it. Yet I adored it. Scott Lynch is a genius, and I am patiently waiting for the next book in the series.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // N.K. Jemisin is one of the most recommended fantasy authors, and for good reason. Although I struggled with the first chapter, I ended up flying through this book -and its sequel. If you haven’t read her works, what are you waiting for? I need to start her other series called The Broken Earth soon.
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima // This is one of the original hyped-up series. It’s such a staple! I only read it in 2016/2017 but I loved it nonetheless. It’s a fun YA fantasy with fantastic characters.
Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // Another one of the most recommended fantasy authors! Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings spans several series, starting with the Farseer one. I was a bit intimidated by the series and this book at first. The series is very long, and the books are quite chunky too. Yet this trilogy is one of my favorites. It is a character-driven story instead of a plot-driven one though, so keep that in mind if you want to pick it up.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik // I haven’t talked about this book in such a long time! When Uprooted came out, every reviewer seemed to talk about it. Including me. And I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy it or my expectations would be too high… I shouldn’t have worried because this book is fantastic. I can’t wait to read Spinning Silver.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?