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Top Ten Tuesday | Fantastical Fantasies (Or the Post in Which I Realize How Few I’ve Read)

If I were a reader “typed,” it'd reveal I spent my young reading years inside a safe bubble of fiction. That meant lots (and lots) of inspirational prairie fiction or when I was younger, a boatload of American Girl novels. Since those early days, my reading tastes have devolved and with it, I’ve developed a sense of adventure.         
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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre
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With that adventure I still have a tag of caution attached. Why is this? Because, as a reader, I always wish to enjoy whatever I’m reading. This will ensure a review that is sure to be positive, and selfishly, will be easier to write. My motto is to “know what you like” when it comes to books. Even though I’ve learned this (sometimes the hard way), I’m also open to discovering new authors and new genres.  

Today I chose to pick ten fantasy novels that I really want to read and really want to place on my ALL TIME favorites shelf. This also is a genre my reading life is weak in. And to be clear, below is a mix of novels since I did include a couple I have read and really enjoy as fantasy stories. Initially I was going to chronicle contemporary novels that were all time favorites because, overall, that’s my favored genre. But then I decided to ditch that idea since I’m the odd girl out: most readers (I find) prefer genres other than contemporary. Just further proof I’m strange. 

Today’s list will require much help and guidance from you readers. So yes, there will be questions. Let’s get this thing started.  

1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Though the cover creeps me out (SNAKES – ew!), the story intrigues. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | This new novel definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy, and the gorgeous cover art helps in the convincing game. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Though some of the magic “confused” me (just in trying to keep it all straight), I did like this story. It has a nice female friendship which is always an interesting dynamic (romance is so often the driving force of novels) when done well. Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Unblemished by Sara Ella | This debut releases next month and I CANNOT WAIT. It's in stores October 11th. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Five Magic Spindles (Novella Collection) | This charming collection features re-tellings in novella form of the Sleeping Beauty story. They’re not all fantasy laden but most have some component of magic, and are endlessly creative. Amazon | Goodreads  

6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis | Fortunately I can say I’ve read this pretty. It’s a beautiful story full of beautiful parallels. Go read this classic. Amazon | Goodreads 

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Yes, I am the lone reader left who has not read Sarah’s series. Guilt trip me – I think I need it. *smile* Amazon | Goodreads 

8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson | Who’s read this series? The only bright spot in my not having read this one yet is that I can now marathon it! Amazon | Goodreads 

9.  Defiance by C.J. Redwine | Been going to read this one for eons now. Alas, I have not. Amazon | Goodreads 

10. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder | I don’t have any of this author’s novels on my shelf (unusual for my Top Ten Tuesday template), but I’ve been seeing her books around the Booktube community. As a result, I’ve become curious. Have you read any of Maria’s novels? Amazon | Goodreads

Which of these have you read? Which do you most recommend? What isn't on this list that you love? Let’s talk all things fangirl and books, friends. Share your thoughts below and be sure to leave your Top Ten Tuesday posts. I’d love to visit.

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  1. Three Dark Crowns does sound good, and I've seen both good and not so good reviews. And Truthwitch is one I'm really curious about. Same with the Pearson books- I've seen mostly good reviews and that's another example of cover love. :)

    1. I've seen great reviews for Mary's novels, Greg and am hoping that is true to the reaction I'll have. Enjoy Truthwitch. I don't know if I'll read it again (because I tend towards being a reader who doesn't re-read), but I did enjoy it. Here's hoping Three Dark Crowns is good though I understand fans being iffy about it when judging the premise. It sounds a little spooky!

      Thanks for visiting. :)

  2. The premise for Three Dark Crowns is really interesting, definitely something to keep a lookout for! Great list, Rissi :)

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    1. Thanks, Lianne. I'm definitely curious about Three Dark Crowns as well. It sounds a little spooky, but maybe it could be good?? Here's to hoping.

      Thanks for visiting, girl. :)

  3. I really enjoyed The Kiss of Deception. It's a great series. :-)

    1. Good to know, Chrissi. It seems to be very popular and get good reviews too, which is always a plus. :)

  4. 3 Dark Crowns is very good. I loved it (and I'm petrified of snakes) 😀

    1. *cheers* So glad to know it's good, Sue. If you're petrified of snakes too, I suppose I can brave reading this one - though I might ditch the jacket while reading it (which I normally wouldn't do). :D

  5. I guess I am behind on my fantasy genre, too. I am also on the list of people who haven't read Throne of Glass. I need to get on that.

    1. *high five* I'm a little excited to know this, Tara because I often feel like I'm the ONLY one yet to read said series. Glad to have a fellow book nerd who there with me. :) Thanks for visiting!

  6. Fantasy is a genre I need to explore more. So far, Sarah Addison Allen, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling have been my only real fantasy go-to authors. Bookmarking this list... :) My TTT

    1. C.S. Lewis is THE best - and I still have an entire collection of novels from him to read (because I'm a terrible book blogger). Hope you find this helpful - and that we both explore this genre with happy results. Thanks so much (as always) for visiting, Carrie. :)

  7. The Kiss and Deception and Throne of Glass are both also currently on my TBR, so its nice to know someone else hasn't read them yet either! A Shadow Bright and Burning also sounds super intriguing and the cover is also so beautiful!
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    1. YES! I'm so excited when I learn I'm not the ONLY person who has yet to read TOG or 'Deception.' Thanks for that, Alice. :)

      I agree - and YES! The cover snob in me loved A Shadow Bright and Burning. Those colors are stunning. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  8. You've got some great picks on your list. I'm planning to read A Shadow Bright and Burning really soon. It sounds so good! I hope these make it on your favorites list when you read them. :)
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    1. YAY! Here's hoping we BOTH get to 'Shadow' soon, Lori. I looks and (if I remember) sounds great. I didn't re-read the synopsis again, but do remember it being one I really wanted to read when it first made debut waves. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  9. I can't wait to read the first three on your list! :)

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    1. YAY! Here's hoping you enjoy them all! I've read Truthwitch and did enjoy it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Lauren.

  10. I love Narnia! It's actually the only one on your list I have read to recommend. ;)

    1. Nothing wrong with that, Amanda. Narnia is worth ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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