Top Ten Fantasy Novels I Must Read

Posted February 3, 2015 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

Fantasy is my favourite genre – but that doesn’t mean that I have read as much as I would have liked to. There are a ton of fantasy books/series that I just haven’t gotten around to yet (and many more I am positive I will discover at some point).

Here are some books in the fantasy genre I haven’t read yet:fantasy must read 1

1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

I have wanted to read this series for years and I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t done so yet. Shame on me! Seriously though, I really need to read this.

2. Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #1) by Isobelle Carmody

I bought most of this series a few years ago but still haven’t gotten around to picking it up just yet. This is definitely one I want to try and get to this year.

3. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

I bought this book when it first came out – and it is still gathering dust on my shelf! I have heard so many great things about this series – I really have to read it.

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4. Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

This series has been out for years and years – and I am pretty ashamed that I haven’t sought it out yet! This is definitely one I should have read in my teen years but better late than never, right?

5. The Blue Sword (Damar #2) by Robin McKinley

This is technically the second book in the series but chronologically it was published first so it will be the first one I read. I haven’t actually read any of Robin McKinley’s books, even though I have purchased a fair few, this looks like a good place to start.

6. Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman

This looks so amazing – I am really kicking myself as to why I haven’t read it yet (I bought the two-part series several years ago). I must read this soon.

7. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce

Another series I used have read in my younger years – I think it would have been something I really enjoyed back then. That’s not to say I wouldn’t love it now – just wish I had discovered it much earlier.

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8. Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

I was positively desperate for this book to come out and when it did… it sat on my shelf! I really am a terrible accumulator of books – I need to get round to reading the damn things! 😉

9. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

No excuse for not reading this one. I have it – I will read it soon. It has been recommended by so many fellow bloggers I would be remiss not to read this.

10. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Yup, I am a bad fantasy fan not having read this series yet! It is definitely on my radar (and my shelf!) and will be getting read post-haste!


.The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | Obernewtyn by Isobelle CarmodyThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussSabriel by Garth NixThe Blue Sword by Robin McKinleyEon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison GoodmanAlanna: The First Adventure by Tamora PierceStormdancer by Jay KristoffThrone of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThe Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


What books do you want to read that you haven’t gotten round to yet?

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16 responses to “Top Ten Fantasy Novels I Must Read

    • Brin

      I know – I am a bad book reader lol. 😉 So many people have urged me to read both of them – I really must get to them soon.

      Thanks! I love your list – we have quite a few book series in common that we haven’t read yet. The Lunar Chronicles is awesome – I would highly recommend it. And you MUST read Lord of the Rings – it’s my favourite book of all time. 😀

    • Brin

      Whew, thought I was the only one who hadn’t read it lol. 😉

      Oooh, that’s a good question… my favourite fantasy book is Lord of the Rings but as for fantasy series I would go with Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series or the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. Can’t go wrong with either of those. 🙂

      I love your list – I am a fan of historical fiction as well. So many awesome looking books.

    • Brin

      That’s why I love TTT – I see so many books I want to read checking out other blogger’s choices. 🙂

      You need to read Graceling – it is an awesome read! I will always, of course, recommend LotR. 🙂

    • Brin

      Me too – I am ashamed at how long it has sat gathering dust on my shelf lol. 😉

      I will definitely be reading Throne of Glass soon. I would recommend the Falling Kingdoms series. The first book is good but it doesn’t really get going until the second so stick with it. 🙂

  1. I read Sabriel years ago (in my teen years) and loved it. I’ve just read the prequel, Clariel, which has only just come out, and really enjoyed that as well. You really should get around to this one – and, yes, definitely better late than never.

    I have tons of fantasy books that I have quite got around to reading yet. James Barclay’s Raven series is one I really want to read. I read Cry of the Newborn and loved that, and I own Elfsorrow. Just got to find the time to fit it in…

    • Brin

      I really do want to read Sabriel – it is definitely near the top of my TBR list. 🙂 Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      I know what you mean. Most fantasy series are so epically massive – it is really quite daunting starting them – but so worth it when you do. 🙂

  2. You’ve got a few I want to read as well! Please read throne of glass soon it’s amazing and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂

  3. Sam Barkley

    If You haven’t read ‘Escape from Netherworld by David Kuklis yet, I highly recommend adding that one to your must-read list. (
    It’s about a group of friends that transform into their role playing dungeons & dragons characters and embark on an adventure to escape the d&d world, back to reality. This book was absolutely impossible to put down once I got stuck in and I just love the authors style of writing. Especially his descriptions of action and battle scenes. My top pick from 2014 for sure.

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