Top Ten Tuesday: A Selection of Favorite Fantasy Books and Series

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books From My Favorite Genre. I bounce between genres quite a bit, but thought I’d focus here on fantasy. My list includes stand-alones as well as series, and because I’m sticking to just 10, I ended up not including three that pretty much go without saying: of course I love the Narnia, A Song of Ice and Fire, and Lord of the Rings books! (See? I managed to mention them after all!)

My top ten, in no particular order:

  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • Codex Alera (series) by Jim Butcher
  • The Immortals (series) (standing in for ALL Tortall books) by Tamora Pierce (review)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review)
  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series) by Patricia C. Wrede (review)
  • Wayward Children (series) by Seanan McGuire (review)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (review)
  • The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner (review)
  • His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman

What genre did you pick this week? If you wrote a TTT post this week, please share your link!

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: A Selection of Favorite Fantasy Books and Series

    • Thanks! I really loved The Sisters of the Winter Wood — I haven’t come across that many people who’ve read it, but I thought it was so impressive.

  1. Ah yes, the Codex Alera series!! I don’t think I know anyone else who has read it (and I still haven’t read the sixth book, because I didn’t want it to end and now I have to reread the whole thing in order to actually read it and remember what happens).

    Great list!

    • It’s been a whole bunch of years since I read Codex Alera — I loved it so much! I read it straight through in one enormous reading binge. Just couldn’t stop! I think I should go back and reread it. 🙂

    • That’s funny ,I really love the Stardust movie too. I just went back to the book this past year and listened to the audiobook, and fell in love with the story all over again.

  2. Great list. Nice to see The Sisters of the Winter Wood on here–I liked it very much as well though not everyone I know did. Like you I felt it had may be a little too much going on, but still it was well handled. I too appreciated it more after getting an idea of the story of Goblin Market.

  3. I adore The Golden Compass, even if I came to it late in life. I would have adored it more if I read it as a kid. 🙂 I read the first 2 of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and they were only meh (although I do hear they get better if you stick with it) but I may have to give his Codex Alera series a shot. Sounds definitely better. And I think I’m the only one left that hasn’t read Uprooted. lol

    • I read The Golden Compass as an adult too (although I ended up reading it with my daughter, and that was a treat). The Dresden books do get better and better the further into the world you get!

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