It’s been a long time since I read a fantasy book that I really liked. In fact, it’s been a long time since I read a fantasy book altogether (besides the Harry Potter series which I reread every year). However, just before Christmas, I read Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed it so much that it rekindled my love of the fantasy genre. I now find myself wanting all the dragons, all the magic and all the far away kingdoms. Since then I’ve been searching for some fantasy books I’d like to read in the next few years or so. The following list includes only a tiny portion of the books and series I want to read that fall under the fantasy category. I’ve already started on some of them and reserved a fair few at my local library. If you love fantasy books and have any recommendations or suggestions then please comment with them below so I can add them to my ever growing list!
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
How could I not begin this list with one of the most revered fantasy series of all time? I’ve never thought much of the films in the past but have recently read The Hobbit and loved it. Although I’m a little taken aback by the almost-complete absence of women (seriously, where are they?), it’s exactly the kind of thing I want to read at the moment. Perhaps there’s more women in The Lord of the Rings.
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
I don’t know much about this book or the Rain Wild Chronicles series other than what I’ve seen online. All I know is that Hobb has written many successful fantasy books, with the most popular being the Farseer trilogy. However, I really wanted to read something with dragons this year so I’m going to start by reading The Dragon Keeper and then see where I go from there. If I don’t like that story, I can always try a different series from her.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
My family played a lot of console games while growing up. One of these games was Discworld, which was adapted from Pratchett’s very popular fantasy series of the same name. That game was my first introduction to the series and I’m excited to finally try one of the books. There’s a lot of different ways to get into the series, some people read them chronologically, while others prefer to read them as stand-alones or thematically (which is how I’ve opted to read them). I’m most interested in reading Going Postal, the first book in the Moist Von Lipwig series (33rd book in the Discworld series overall), as well as the Tiffany Aching series.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
I’ve finally decided to try one of Juliet Marillier’s books after listening to Jean Menzies, from Jean’s Bookish Thoughts, wax lyrical about her over the past twelve months. I know almost nothing about Juliet Marillier or her books so I’m going in completely blind with no idea what to expect. It’s supposed to be loosely based on the Children of Lir legend from Irish mythology, which is something I have zero knowledge of but would love to know more about.