Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten All Time Favourite Fantasy Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s theme is Top Ten all time favourite books of X genre. So I kind of just had to chose fantasy. I’m going to aim to keep this a little shorter than last week’s TTT, because that post was LONG.

1. A Darker Shade of Magic

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As you’ll know if you’ve read my review for this book, I LOVED ADSOM and it’s been one of my favourite reads of this year. I’m hoping to get to the seuqle A Gathering of Shadows soon because  it’s sitting on my shelf staring at me and I know it’s going to be just as incredible as the first book.

2. Snow Like Ashes

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In this book the four seasons are each a kingdom and the kingdom of Winter is under attack by the kingdom of Spring. I thought this was such an unusual idea when I first heard about this book, but oh boy is it brilliantly developed. I got so attached to the characters of SLA that my heart tried to leave my chest several times while reading it. I honestly can’t believe I haven’t got round to reading the sequel yet.

3. The Name of the Wind

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This is epic, high fantasy at its absolute finest. The novel delves into the power of language and explores how our use of words can change the world around us (which, as a Linguist, I love). The plot is masterfully woven together and at it’s heart TNOTW is incredibly clever.

4. The Magician’s Guild

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The Magician’s Guild was a series I read years ago, but loved the world-building and dynamic characters so much that it remains one of my favourites to this day. I love a good bit of magicians/magic training/high school drama and this has every one of those elements.

5. Graceling

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I have a weakness for books about 1. resilient women and 2. individuals with unique magic powers. This novel delivers on both. Katsa is a badass and thoroughly likable protagonist and the idea of ‘graces’ – special innate abilities that give individuals an enhanced ability – is so up my street. You’ll never be bored with the pace and twists of this story.

6. Rebel of the Sands

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I read Rebel earlier this year and fell in love. It’s got a Middle East-inspired setting, diverse characters and witty dialogues that will leave you dying for the sequel. Which sadly isn’t out until next year. *weeps*

7. Throne of Glass

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When I say Throne of Glass, I mean the entire series. Because if I didn’t include them all as one, they would have taken up four spots on this list (I haven’t read Empire of Storms yet because my copy hasn’t arrived, so I feel I can’t count it as of yet). This series is just everything and it has my heart.

8. A Game of Thrones

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Again, when I say Game of Thrones, I mean the series so far, because damn these books are intricate, complex and excellent. The way George R. R. Martin weaves the story together is astounding because to have that many characters, plot arcs, and timelines going at once and to be able to keep all the threads together is nothing short of brilliant.

9. The Hobbit

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I think I was 11 years old when I read this book and I remember being completely swept up in the adventure. The dwarves are such eccentric characters and Middle Earth itself is a magical creation.

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Although I want to include the whole series in this list, I know in my heart that this was my favourite book. The final showdown in the great hall is one of the most memorable scenes of any book I’ve ever read, and proved to be such a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series.

So that’s my ten guys!

Let me know if any of these would be on your list of favourite fantasies or what your top ten would be!

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16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten All Time Favourite Fantasy Books

  1. ADSOM, A Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Snow Like Ashes have been on my TBR for so long! I plan on trying to get around to all except A Game of Thrones before the end of the year (I’m holding out for the last book lol). I’ve heard such great things about them! Also, The Name of the Wind sounds interesting. I’ll have to add that to my TBR. Great picks! I love fantasy. 😊

    1. Aww they’re all so wonderful, I really hope you manage to get round to them because they’re honestly some of my favourite reads. Especially Throne of Glass and Graceling, they’re just excellent novels! And Game of Thrones is pretty big so you might need a little longer to read it, but it’s definitely worth giving a go! I tend to read GoT books in between other books – so one GoT and then two or three other books – but I’ve put GoT on hold at the moment because there are so many other books I need to read (Six of Crows, A Court of Thorns and Roses, An Ember in the Ashes etc). Omg please add The Name of the Wind to your TBR – I went into it with average expectations and it was AMAZING. 🙂

      1. I’m actually planning a Throne of Glass binge reading fest next month so I’m definitely getting around to those soon! 😃

        ACOTAR and ACOMAF are so good! Those two are the reason I want to read ToG because Sarah J. Maas’ writing is incredible. I haven’t read Six of Crows or An Ember in the Ashes yet either but I’m planning on reading them soon as well.

        I added it to my TBR! 😊

  2. Ohh this is a brilliant list for this week. If I had featured my all-time favourite fantasy books this week ADSOM would have been at the top of that list (with at least one other of V.E. Schwab’s books because she is one of my all-time favourite authors!)
    I also really love the Harry Potter books, the Throne of Glass series, Rebel of the Sands and Game of Thrones. And I really need to read the Snow like Ashes series. I have already read the first book but I’m planning on re-reading it and reading the second book before the third is released.
    Great picks for this week as well! 😀

    1. Aww thanks so much! Your comment really made me smile 🙂 V. E. Schwab has quickly become one of my absolute favourite authors. She’s just brilliant isn’t she?! I haven’t read A Gathering of Shadows or Vicious yet, but if I had I imagine they would have ended up on this list too! Aha, sounds like we love a lot of the same series! I’m hoping to get Ice Like Fire soon so I can take it to Japan with me – otherwise it’ll be January before I get round to it, and that just won’t do!

      1. That’s all right! 😀
        Oh she’s amazing, I pretty much binge read her books whenever one is released and I manage to get my hands on it. You need to read both AGOS and Vicious as soon as possible because both are just brilliant beyond words. I actually enjoy AGOS more than ADSOM if you can believe it!
        Ohh yeah, hopefully you will be able to get your hands on it because January is a long time to wait, especially if Snow Like Ashes made your favourites list this week!

        1. I knoooow, I totally need to read them asap. Hoping to read AGOS in October if I don’t get to it this month! And I can definitely believe that – I’ve heard lots of people say that the sequel is even better than the first book so I can’t wait to get to it! Might treat myself to Ice Like Fire in the next few weeks if I can find a good deal somewhere 🙂

          1. I will just say once you read AGOS you won’t be able to wait for the next book, so I’d maybe advise waiting until as close as possible to the release of A Conjuring of Light before starting it. But yeah it’s amazing! My favourite of the series so far.
            Ohh, finding good deals on books are always a weakness of mine, I’m supposed to be one a book buying ban but I’m not sure how long that’s going to last! 😀

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