Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From Fantasy Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read From Fantasy Genre

I am a big fan of all things fantasy, and though it is a big genre with lots of sub-genres and sub-sub-genres, I wanted to keep my TTT list in the general one. There are so many great fantasy books and series out there that it was not an easy task to narrow down ten that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t read. Feel free to virtually slap my hand in the comments if you are also as shocked as I am at all the great fantasy books I am missing out on! Also, I didn’t plan on it but all of these happen to be in a series. Fancy that!

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

A world where ash rains down from the sky, and mist takes over the night, lots of magic, a troublemaker and his apprentice in an epic adventure. Hmm… sounds a lot like The Name of The Wind which I read recently and LOVED!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Guys, I have no excuse for this one. I own this book and have heard friends rave about it. *hangs head in shame* I will remedy this error in judgment soon! I must, I must!!

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Apparently this book is not for the faint of heart. It’s a dark fantasy with lots of violence, gore, and anti-heroes. I don’t know about you guys, but this sounds like a recipe for a fantastical read! Doesn’t sound like there is much romance in this one which I honestly don’t mind sometimes.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The author has hailed this book series as his magnum opus. It is said to be tied into a lot of his other works. I started to read this a few years ago but never got past the first chapter. There are eight books, so I’d probably only commit to this first book and work my way slowly through the others. That’s a lot of reading y’all! This series has been optioned around as a movie and combination TV series, but it hasn’t gotten off the ground yet. I for one, can’t wait for that!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I hear this is a great series and even remember Jess recommending it to me. Katsa sounds like someone I’d never want to mess with and a total badass. I’ll need to fit this one into my reading schedule this year for sure!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I’ve heard that this is a most incredible read and has been translated in many languages. And… it includes mythology!! Yes, please. There have been talks of this becoming a television series and from what I read it may coming as soon as 2016!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I am a lover of dragons, and especially books that include dragons as part of the main storyline! This first book was made into a movie, and though the ratings were not that great, I actually enjoyed it! I own a copy of this book and remember starting it but not committing to it, and then I just forgot about it. I need to dust off my copy and get around to reading this, and finishing the series.

The Fellowship of the Ring by R.R. Tolkien

Yeah okay, I claim to be a fantasy book-devotee, but yet I haven’t read LOTR?! I think that I loved the movies so much that I didn’t feel like I needed to read the novels they were based on. But still… WTH Lety?! I. have. no. words.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Assassins and magic, what’s not to love?! I’ve seen this book on a lot of fantasy lists, and took note of it but never got around to giving it a shot. This is the author’s debut novel/series and contains political intrigue, mystery, complex storylines, and complicated characters. That definitely sounds like a thrill ride!

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

I’ve heard this series compared to A Song of Ice and Fire, and well if it is even 50% what ASOIAF is, then this should already be in my ‘read’ pile! It sounds like a complicated read, but it just so happens that those are usually my favorites! I really can’t believe I haven’t read this one already!

 

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48 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From Fantasy Genre”

  1. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story

    I was looking at MISTBORN earlier today. The summary never grabs me, but I know I should want to read it! DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, I need to re-read the first book and read the rest of those! OMG, I really, really want to read Mark Lawrence. His books sound so good. He’s been on my wishlist for a while! GRACELING is so so so so so good. I love that book so much! I really want to read BRent Weeks. I’ve heard his new series far surpasses Night Angel, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages, so I’d better read that series first!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I was looking through some of the listopia fantasy lists and MISTBORN seemed to appear quite a lot, I’m hoping it’s as good as the votes make it seem. I have never read Mark Lawrence or Brent Weeks but they seem to be pretty popular. I also heard that Brent Week’s LIGHTBRINGER series is really good, I’ll need to add that one to my TBR pile too!!! I may just dedicate this whole year to reading fantasy novels hahaha I def need to read GRACELING! Everyone has been talking so fondly about it. Thanks so much for your comment!! :D

      -L

  2. Rachel Patrick

    Ooh, I’ll be reading PRINCE OF THORNS this year for a book club thing and I hope it’s good! I liked DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE but I didn’t love it, though the prose is lovely. And I need to read a Brandon Sanderson book, too!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      When I saw the PRINCE OF THORNS book cover I thought it was a graphic novel LOL I love the artwork. I hope it’s good too! I need to get around to reading it. I hope MISTBORN is good, I’m really looking forward to reading that one. Thanks for stopping in!! :D

  3. Alexa S.

    I’ve put Mistborn on my TBR as well, particularly after all of the hype it’s been getting from my bookish friends! But I can confidently recommend The Inheritance Cycle (which I love, love, love and want to reread). (Also, pretend the movie does not exist.) Oh, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the first is not my favorite, but the second and third are ace) too! (You can totally binge the movies for this one…)

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      You know I read some really bad reviews about The Inheritance Cycle and I almost didn’t put it on my list, but then I thought… but…… DRAGONNNSSS!! LOL I just feel like it’s a staple read for a dragon-fan. Oddly, I didn’t hate the movie lol I think my plan is to read the LOTR books and it’s corresponding movie right after. I did this for the first three Harry Potter books and thought it was my best idea ever LOL

  4. Chrissi Reads

    I’m just easing my way into the fantasy genre and Graceling is a book that seems to be coming up a lot! :-) I hope that you enjoy all of these books when you get around to reading them!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I have also seen GRACELING mentioned A LOT! I think it might be a good one to pick to ease into that genre. Thanks for stopping by!! :D

  5. Bekka @ Great Imaginations

    Graceling is one of my all-time favorite books. The world! The characters! The SHIP! The feminism! I love everything about it.

    I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I think I’m the only person in the world who wasn’t blown away by it. I thought it was basic paranormal romance fodder, but I’ve heard it gets way better in the second and third installments.

    I also have Mistborn on my list. I started it a while ago but it’s just SO LONG that I never really committed to the time it would take to read it.

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Well I haven’t heard not one person say anything bad about GRACELING so I’ll need to start that one soon LOL I have heard others that weren’t enamored with the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series, so I don’t think you’re alone on that one. I may still give it a shot, lately I feel like I tend not to like over-hyped books but I may just be going in with too high of expectations.

      I feel that any book longer than 500 pages you have to mentally prepare for…. LOL that’s a big commitment! I feel like I have to do that with MISTBORN, hopefully it won’t disappoint!

  6. Carrie-Anne

    I’ve also never head LOTR, due to the massive, obscene amounts of hype. I’ve never read a lot of fantasy, but I’m more likely to be interested if it’s real-world-based, not epic high fantasy.

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I felt that maybe the LOTR series may be too complicated to follow but then I read A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series and I don’t think that way anymore LOL I am usually turned off by over-hyped books and will only take recommendations from friends that know what I normally like to read… otherwise… I’ll say skip!! I guess we’ll see… Thanks for visiting!! :D

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      LOL You know I am working on finishing reading the last installment in THE GRISHA series and I am starting to feel that way about it…. so I know the feeling. hahaha

  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    Yes to Fellowship of the Rings. Yes to Eragon. Both of these are awfully long, though. Worth it, however.

    Here’s my Top Ten!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      YAY! I am okay with long if it is a good series…. I’ll need to get to these soon. I have ERAGON sitting on my nightstand within easy reach… I need to just pick it up and stick it out LOL thanks for visiting!!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      The movie didn’t get such great reviews, I didn’t mind it and actually thought Saphira looked quite majestic!! I have also seen mixed reviews on the book but I think I’ll still give it a shot! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  8. Daisy

    I really loved Graceling, Katsa is definitely a badass and so quotable! And I really enjoyed Eragon, I still need to read the last book in this series, but it’s really good. LOTR can be a bit of a struggle, lots of descriptions that go on and on, but once you get in the flow of it, it’s amazing, I love those books!
    I’ve also yet to read Mistborn, it’s one of those must-reads for fantasy lovers.
    As for The Blade Itself, I did like it, but it was really dark and gritty, I’d actually recommend Half A King by Joe Abercrombie instead, it was amazing!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Ohh I’m adding HALF A KING to my TBR pile, thanks for recommending it! I think I’ve been avoiding reading LOTR for the same reasons you described, sometimes I just can’t get through the neverending descriptions, but I really feel like I can’t call myself a fantasy reader if I haven’t read it yet LOL I feel like my entire post has an underlying “assassins” theme hahaha Thanks for the awesome comment and rec! :D

  9. Quinn's Book Nook

    I focused on the fantasy genre as well. I also haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I really do want to. I have read Fellowship of the Ring, but honestly I didn’t care for it munch. I’m just not into Lord of the Rings.

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I think I felt that DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was overhyped which is why I hadn’t read it yet… but I hear the writing is beautiful and just on that note, I’ll definitely read it LOL

      I think LOTR is in a category all in itself, it may take me a while to get to it and get through it but it’s worth a shot, I think. Thanks for visiting!! :D

  10. Samantha

    Ohhh, I did fantasy as well but you gave me even more options to add to my ever growing TBR list. I am kind of newish to fantasy, so I love seeing all the ideas for the genre. Awesome list! ;)

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      YAY for fantasy!! I’ll definitely check out your list to make sure I’ve got all the top ones covered LOL I feel like I can never have enough fantasy recommendations!! Welcome to the Club Fantasy where your imagination knows no bounds and flying is optional lol Thanks for stopping by! :D

  11. Ellie_M

    I’m in the same boat! I LOVE fantasy, and I actually read the beginning to Mistborn AND Graceling, but I couldn’t get INTO it. I don’t know why! But I would like to try to read all of these too.

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Sometimes I think the timing is off on certain books when I pick them up, if they don’t immediately engage me enough to keep turning the page… I’ll choose another book and maybe go back to it later…. I hate when that happens but I definitely know the feeling!! LOL We should invent a book mood ring, that would definitely solve all our reading woes haha Thanks for stopping by!! :D

  12. Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    Ooh, I’ve actually read five of these! Mistborn and Graceling were both pretty good. Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Eragon were okay. But yes, time to read LOTR! I love the movies, but you have to read the books at least once, right? I keep forgetting, but I need to read American Gods, too. Great list!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I looked up the page count on the LOTR books combined… 1200 pages give or take…. *gulp* but I guess that’s not too bad… definitely need to get to reading them. It’s like a rite of passage or something! lol Thanks for stopping by!! :D

  13. Brigid

    I love fantasy. It’s my fluff. I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and loved it, but um…..I have some book shame: I haven’t read the sequel yet. I know!!….*hangs head in ultimate shame*

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      LOL You have no idea how many book series I started and then stopped after the first one, not because I didn’t like it but because I just never got around to it. It’s a little rare that I read a book that’s not related to fantasy somehow, I’m a total fantasy junkie lol Thanks for visiting!! :D

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Yesss!!! Let’s hope we also both get through some of these on our lists. Love your blog by the way!!! :D

  14. Catherine

    What Lety! You haven’t read Lord of the Rings or Eragon!? ;] I enjoyed the Mist Born Trilogy, although Eragon is better. I also read The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and found it not bad, yet somewhat bland. I am also scolding myself for not have read Graceling yet, I have the book and everything! Great list though. :]

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I know right?! LOL I’ll have to get to some of these soon… I’ve never read anything from Brent Weeks so I’ll see if I get past the one book haha Let’s hope we both get around to reading Graceling soon!! Thanks for swinging by!! :D

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      YAY! We love new followers around here :D I think I have two copies of Eragon which makes it even more shameful that I haven’t read it LOL Thanks for stopping by!!!

  15. Lotus

    Hi, I’m new to your blog. I also love reading fantasy, but in the vein of Charles De Lint, not Twilight! I tried the Hobbit in my teens and could not get through it, but did read it and the LOTR in my 20’s. You have to enjoy the stilted English style to get through. Also, there is way more battle in the movies than there is in the books. I have never enjoyed reading George RR Martin, (I find him to be long-winded and stilted, but he is American like me!) but I love the HBO Game of Thrones series, even as gory as it is! I have the Mistborn series on my TBR list, and I highly recommend American Gods, or really anything by Neil Gaiman. Will have to check out the rest of your list!

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I think the stilted English style is what always kept me away from LOTR lol I’ll still try and give it a shot. I also felt that GRRM’s books were a bit difficult to get through because of the long-winded-ness, but I enjoyed them immensely. I still can’t figure out how people can re-read them over and over again, guess I’m not as big of a fan as I thought! Ha! I do love the gore though (does that make me weird? a sadist? no idea!! LOL) I admit I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman but I definitely will need to read American Gods and maybe a few more!!! Thanks for visiting and dropping me a comment!! Hope you’ll come back often, we cover a great mix of genres around here with the 4 of us!! :D

  16. Lyn Kaye

    I haven’t touched on Mistborn either, so now I feel a lot less alone!

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone!!!!! I cannot add enough exclamation points! I highly recommend the entire series.

  17. Filipa

    Eragon (the book) and Eragon (the movie) are so diferent that it feels like a different story! I LOVED the books and, although I didn’t hate it, I was expecting more of the movie, mainly because it was so diferent from the book. In this series, books 1, 2 and 3 (mainly 3) are perfect! Book 4 was a bit unecessary in my opinion, Christopher Paolini could’ve have made the series a trilogy, like he planned, but who am I to complain of a little more pages of my favorite characters? ;)

    Also, LOTR is the most amazing book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen! Sure, there are some scenes missing, but when you’re reading the books you can see the movie in your head. Even some lines of dialogue are the same!

    Thank you for this post, I added some new books to my wishlist :P

    • Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Hey Filipa! I heard that Eragon the book vs. the movie were very different. I definitely need to read it and the series soon. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews on that series and I’m glad you are recommending it. I love it when movies do books justice so I’ll definitely need to get around to reading LOTR at some point LOL Thanks for stopping by and glad I could help add to your wishlist!! haha Mine never seems to stop growing. Have a great week! :)

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