Hello everyone and welcome back to the weekly Top Ten Tuesday.
Today the topic is ten books in your favourite genre. I picked fantasy because it is the one I read the most. You’ll find both adult and middle-grade books in my list.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s world spoke to me in a way few have. It feels so real and I fell in love with it instantly. It draws heavily on myths, which I love, and is written in a classic, flowery style that I personally enjoy.
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
I have read the Earthsea cycle relatively quickly, but the first book is the one that stayed with me. The world is nice and I like the philosophy behind the setting. But the way I relate to Ged is probably what makes this book so special to me.
It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in a tree’s root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a story about a girl who needs to be corageous when she is scared the most. It’s consoling and certainly helped me during dark times.
When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I am quite the Neil Gaiman fan. Stardust, at its core, is a fairy tale. No more, no less. And I love fairy tales. There’s pretty much everything into this book: witches, lost princes, love, magic.
“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Another series that I love. I’ve discovered this one relatively late (a couple years ago) and I still need to read the last three books or so. However, it’s so funny and witty that I have to put it on this list.
Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk. They had somehow got it into their heads that each fairy lugged around a pot of gold with him wherever he went. While it was true that LEP had a ransom fund, because of its officers’ high-risk occupation, no human had ever taken a chunk of it yet. This didn’t stop the Irish population in general from skulking around rainbows, hoping to win the supernatural lottery.
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Dealing with Dragons was one of my discoveries in 2018. It subverts fairy tale tropes, but stays true to the spirit of folk narrations. It’s incredibly funny and I devoured it when I picked it up. It went into the list of favourite fantasy books immediately
“We have made the perilous journey through the tunnels to see the Princess Cimorene, newly come to these caverns, to comfort her and together bemoan our sad and sorry fates,” the first princess said haughtily. “Tell her we are here.” “I’m Cimorene,” Cimorene said. “I don’t need comforting, and I’m not particularly sad or sorry to be here, but if you’d like to come in and have some tea, you’re welcome to.”
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This one is more of a magical realism narration, following the story of the family of Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings. I should revisit this one, but it is a lovely and passionate young adult fantasy that I fell in love with.
Children betrayed their parents by becoming their own people.
The Land of the Blue Flower by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is not one of Burnett’s most famous works. However, I fell in love with it. It’s a fairy tale about a prince that is good and kind that saves his kingdom, thanks to these beautiful blue flowers. It’s a quick, easy read that fills the heart with glee.
“When a man is overcome by anger, he has a poisoned fever. He loses his strength, he loses his power over himself and over others. He throws away time in which he might have gained the end he desires. There is no time for anger in the world.”
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Yes, finally a fairy tale collection in this one. I was obsessed with fairy tales as a young reader and the fantasy I enjoy the most reflects this. I had various volumes of fairy tales and legends, including Handersen and the Grimm brothers. Though I now prefer the former, the latter was the one that I read the most and even now I can recall most of the stories by heart.
He who helped thee when thou wert in trouble ought not afterwards to be despised by thee.
Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
This is my favourite read of the year so far. I am so excited about this book coming out! I loved the humour and the way it talks about relevant topics in a fun way.
Here’s my list of ten favourite fantasy books.
Have you picked similar books for your Top Ten or have you choose another genre? Feel free to share your TTT so I can read them all!