Hello and welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!
This week’s theme is…
March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*
–In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!
I must admit, science fiction and fantasy are not genres that I have frequented in the past, which is a shame. Over the past year, I have been visiting more and more fantasy books, but still find that I am not reaching for science fiction. I definitely want to make an effort to explore more into the realm of science fiction this year. Since I’ve hardly read any science fiction, my list is made up of fantasy novels.
In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite fantasy novels…
*Book titles link to Goodreads
» Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, & Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I know, I know. I am totally cheating. I have no regrets. I discovered Neil Gaiman last year, and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long. I just love everything he puts to paper. If you asked me which of his books is my favorite, I wouldn’t be able to just give you one, so here are my top 3.
You can read my review for Stardust here → Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
» A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic Trilogy) by V.E. Schwab
I’m not even finished with this series yet and it made my favorites list. I read the first book this past year and was introduced into the awesomness that is Schwab. I flew through A Gathering of Shadows last week in preparation for the A Conjuring of Light book tour this past weekend. How do these book just keep getting better and better? I am currently reading A Conjuring of Light, which I am slowly savoring. It is definitely bitter sweet reading the final book in this series.
You can read my review for A Darker Shade of Magic here → Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
» The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read The Hobbit as a freshman in high school. I remember seeing it on the required reading list and not being too excited about it. The 14 year old me didn’t know what was about to hit her. I was pleasantly surprised how immersed I was in this epic journey. I think my hesitation came from the fact that this book was published back in the 1930s, so I was anticipating it to be a difficult read, but I had no issues following along as a young teen. Oddly enough, I tried to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but gave up after the first book. I found The Fellowship of the Ring to be sluggish in comparison to The Hobbit.
» The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I mean obviously the Harry Potter series was going to be on my list. I was 10 years old back when the first Harry Potter came out back in 1997, so I grew up devouring these books until the 7th book came out in 2007 when I was a 20 year old college student. These books were such a huge part of my childhood, and hope that my own children will love them as much as I did.
» The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I actually read this one for the first time last year. I regret that I didn’t read this book as a child, as I know I would have adored it. There is something very warm and comforting about this book. It just feels like an old friend.
You can read my review for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe here → Book Review of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
» Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Aside from Harry Potter, Ella Enchanted was my favorite book as a child. I remember checking it out from my school library OVER and OVER again. When they adapted it to film back in 2004, I was highly disappointed with it, despite the fact that I adore Anne Hathaway. If you’ve seen the film adaptation, please do not judge the book by the movie! Go read the book!
What are your favorite fantasy books?
Do you have any science fiction recommendations for me?
*Feel free to link to your own T5W