I’m going to try and take part in the Top Ten Tuesday tag by The Broke and the Bookish. This is my very first time, hope I inspire you enough so we can have a conversation about the books on the comments. (I love talking about books!!!)
My Top 10 are fantasy novels/series you have to have read if you want to elevate yourself to Fantasy Nerdom. Following are a list in no particular order that I think are some of the greatest series ever written and if you have any to add please do not hesitate.
So, *pulls myself back from blabbering on* here we are for your absolute reading pleasure and your wallet’s (or worse still your parents’ wallets’) sheer horror.
I. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Three things – An Elvish police force with laser guns, Irish mafia and a suave butler named Butler.
- MY FEELS – Artemis Fowl is my first anti-hero. Of course, the wee grasshopper that I was scandalised but also very, very intrigued.
- Anything I hated? – YES THE LAST TWO BOOKS I’M SURE COLFER HIRED A GHOSTWRITER (SPECULATION DON’T SUE ME) I SHALL NOT RETRACT MY STATEMENT UNDER OATH OF PAAAAAIN!
- Why you should read it – Arty’s journey from little gangsterling to spoiler, spoiler, spoiler is a journey that shouldn’t be missed.
II. The Discworld – Terry Pratchett
Three things – Death WHO SPEAKS IN ALL CAPS, Opera and an orangutan Wizarding University Librarian.
- MY FEELS – Every book is a standalone, you don’t have to read them all in order. (Though why wouldn’t you?) Each book is a magical masterpiece with bust-your-gut and coccyx (your tailbone) humour paired with ethereal storytelling.
- Anything I hated? – You mean other than the fact there will be no more? Haha! *ugly sobbing*
- Why you should read it – They’re classics, luv. They’re the Master Class for Creativity and Fantasy Nerding.
III. The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
- Three things – Half angel hot-stuff in Victorian England, (Where boys had to be gentlemen to get girls) a sassy, Asian Warlock (We all love you Magnus) and THE BEST LOVE TRIANGLE OF ALL PYTHAGOREAN CREATION.
- MY FEELS – There is Welsh sasspot Will and half-Chinese cinammon roll Jem. I will never love a human boy as much as I love them! (Sorry future hubby, youse Numero Tres.)
- Anything I hated? – Just that my feelings had feelings.
- Why you should read it – Why haven’t you read it YET?!?
If you avoided this because you couldn’t stand Jace and the Mortal Instruments, I suggest you give this a try. It’s like Clare tried to write Jace again and he became Will and Will is perfection. (Not really, you’re a drama queen, Herondale but I love you.)
IV. Howl’s Moving Castle – Dianna Wynne Jones
- Three things – A bleedin’ moving castle! Do you want me to list two more?
- MY FEELS – Ghibli is responsible for setting my creativity free as a wee grasshopper (among other things, mostly because of my Dad, thanks Daddy!) and shaping me into the daydreaming, incapable of responsible adulting adult I am today. It was much later that I found out this was a book!
- Anything I hated? – Howl. For messing with my bias list!
- Why you should read it – You gotta have your foundation, darling. And watch the movie if you hasn’t! *entices you with gifs of sexy Howl and moving castles*
If you need two more reasons,you ingrate. Sophie is how, imho strong, female characters should be written. And keep an eye on the scarecrow, Dorothy!
V. Inkheart Trilogy – Cornelia Funke
- Three things – A father, a daughter and characters in books being read to life.
- MY FEELS – Mo and his daughter Meggie have the silvertongue. They can read characters in books TO LIFE! I mean, the possibilities! *makes a list of potential boyfriends*
- Anything I hated? – Nope
- Why you should read it – This is every bookworm ever’s every dream!
‘If you’re pretending you’re in a book, it will make you not want to live in the life you’re in…’
VI. The Seven Realms – Cinda Williams Chima
Three things – A reformed thief lord, a feisty princess and painstakingly intricate worldbuilding that drives you barmy. (In the best way)
- MY FEELS – It’s a queendom! Ruled by queens! And Raisa, the Princess Heir kisses all the hot boys without long term commitment.
- Anything I hated? – Somewhere in the earlier part of Book 3 (It’s a 4 book series) there was a bit of a lag. But I don’t hate it of course, just wished everyone would move along already!
- Why you should read it – Chima writes uncomplicated prose. That is to say, it isn’t simple at all. The ideas and the world and the characters are multi-dimensional, but if you didn’t read Tolkien because you didn’t understand a word brother was saying, this is epic fantasy for you.
VII. The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini
Three things – DRAGONS, DRAGONS, GARRETT HEDLUND WITH A MANE OF SHAME
- MY FEELS – It’s the quintessential fantasy, coming-of-age novel. Eragon starts out a humble farm boy and is very soon making history.
- Anything I hated? – BRISINGR! All 1337 pages of it!
- Why you should read it – After all is said and done, isn’t this why we read fantasy? Because we all want someone to walk into our lives and tell us we’re not ordinary, that we’re meant for something more, something special and whisk us away to a magical wonderland?
VIII. His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman
- Three Things – This Oxford, the other Oxford and a knife to cut through between them.
- MY FEELS – What 11-year -old me and current-year-old me have in common is a thing for alternate British cities in our fiction.
Anything I hated?Anything I wondered? – How did you understand all that magic+particle physics, little grasshopper? *is proud*
- Why you should read it – You’ve probably already read these if you’re after your mid-20’s. (Or before, no judging, but you see, our generation had limited choices of fantasy compared to the grasshoppers of today.) So I speak to our kohais when I say;
Did you watch the movie? It was a tragic and terrible representation! Read the books, young ‘uns!
IX. Genesis of Shannara – Terry Brooks
- Three things – Post apocalyptic, a drool-worthy Chosen One and a very bleak, very dark, very real grey world.
- MY FEELS – Everyone and their mother has read Brook’s Shannara Chronicles right? (A whopping 23 books!!) I haven’t because I obviously can’t afford them and these books (trilogy) are fantastic if you want to dive in.
- Anything you hated? – Well, the POVs were sort of confusing and I wasn’t quite invested in the stories of the guardians as I was of Hawk and the street kids. But that is not hate, it’s like a mild, derisive sniff.
- Why you should read it – Brooks is one of the must-read fantasy authors. And there’s is just something very real and yet very unreal about the Word and Void trilogy.
X. Larklight Trilogy – Philip Reeve
- Three things – SPACE, PIRATES, ILLUSTRATED BY DAVID WYATT!
- MY FEELS – First of all, go click on the Wyatt linky and feast yer eyes! *gets distracted. Returns after 10 hours* Have you seen Treasure Planet? Yeah? Did you love it more than the souls of all the boys you ever loved? This is that, my darling! Three books of that!
- Anything I hated? – There’s a SPACE PIRATE, POC, WIELDER OF ELEPHANT GUN NAMED JACK HAVOCK! JACK. HAVOCK. I couldn’t hate it if I tried!
- Why you should read it – SPACE, PIRATES, AETHER SHIPS OF PIRATES AND GIANT SPIDERS WEARING TOP HATS IN SPACE! SELL YOUR MOTHER! BUY THEM IN DRAGON HIDE HARDBACKS WITH PHOENIX FEATHER PARCHMENT AND WRITTEN IN THE BLOOD OF VIRGINS!
Right. *coughs and clears throat*
Am I missing your favourites?
I didn’t include the obvious choices because you have obviously read them.
But do tell me what you think if you have the time! I love to talk about books!
And finally I leave you with the song that’s rattling my hypothalamus since I saw the above gif. Allow me to take you to hell with me!
I’d like to dedicate this post to my bookstagram friend Maru, who asked me for some recommendations.