Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books We Can’t Believe We Haven’t Read Yet

Posted February 3, 2015 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments

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This week’s topic: Fantasy Books We Can’t Believe We Haven’t Read Yet

I’m calling it now: 2015 is the year of high fantasy. The four of us have declared 2015 is also the year of Whatever the Hell We Want, so it’s time to shed the excuses and finally get to those fantasy titles we’ve been putting off for a while (sometimes even years.)

Bekka’s Picks

PicMonkeyCollage1. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. I have no excuse for this one, seeing as I’ve owned my copy four almost the entire four years I’ve been blogging. But I’ve only just gotten into fantasy, and right now I’m on a badass lady kick – I just reread The Assassin’s Blade, and I just finished Lion Heart. It’s time for a new favorite character.

2. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. This honestly isn’t a book I would pick up on my own. But almost all my friends absolutely love this series, and I loved Jellicoe Road, I figured I’d give this a chance. And hopefully soon.

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.  I know exactly why I haven’t read this yet, and I think you do too. Brandon Sanderson’s books are just so goddamn long. I’ve picked this one up and put it back down several times in the past, mostly because of the page length. I hope I can find the time to commit to it soon.

4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. So I’ve owned this one for a while. There’s so much enthusiasm for the series (and I’m pretty sure I’m joining in the excitement right as the series draws to a close) so I can’t wait to get to it.

5. Eon by Alison Goodman.  I often say that I want more diversity in my books and so this is the perfect fit for that. Also, I don’t think I’ve read enough books about girls disguising themselves as boys, so I need to add more to that list, too.


Lyn’s Picks

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1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Poor Jessie has tried with all of her might to get me to read this one. If I am very honest, I also feel that I should read this series. It is a staple of the YA fantasy. I wish to give Sanderson another chance to win me over as a reader.

2. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Yet another forerunner in the essentials for YA fantasy addicts. I tried this one way back when, I believe I am at the level where I can appreciate this book. With all of the positive comments regarding the characters, I am very willing to give a kick ass cast-centered series multiple chances.

3. When the Sea Rises Red by Cat Hellisen. I have owned this for a while after reading Wendy Darling’s love for the novel, and the latest release from this author has set this new-to-me author on my radar.

4. The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick. Come on. MARCUS FUCKING SEDGWICK. I’m already sold.

5. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I have a future post explaining why I never picked this one up, but the short story is that I am intimidated by the size (that’s what she said). It is time to get rid of my page number phobia and tackle this one. I very much wish to read this, and the series is all out now. No time like the present.


16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books We Can’t Believe We Haven’t Read Yet

  1. Yes to everything, ESPECIALLY The Demon King! So fantastic i read the entire series in a week I think. My boyfriend and I read them at the same time and it was so fun having someone to talk to about it. Kinslayer is crazy amazing too!

    Great list!
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  2. From all of these I’ve only read Poison Study, but I LOVE it! I loved it soooo completely!! This series is one of my most fave fantasies ever! Could probably call it my #1 fantasy read! The spinoff series were good too, one follows familiar characters, the other is a whole new world, but still magical and still amazing!

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  3. Jenny

    They all look great… except for Sanderson. I’m sorry but the man drives me crazy and his books are such self satisfied dribble. Don’t worry though, I’m usually alone in my thoughts about him. I need to read the Poison Study books too.

  4. I REALLY want to get around to reading Mistborn and Eon both this year. I loved The Thief series and admittedly only read Finnikin and gave up on the rest of the series. I never used to be into fantasy as much as I am now so I’m contemplating a re-read.

    Mistborn for you too! We all must read Mistborn. Chima’s series is also on my TBR. 🙂

  5. I still need to read a lot of these too! I read The Thief way back when it first came out, and it’s sequel The Queen of Attolia. But then I lost track of the series and had no idea there were 4 books until last year! I’d love to reread the first two and continue the series.

    The Demon King is so great! The first book is slower than the rest but does a great job of introducing you to the world and characters. It’s one of those series that gets better with every book!

  6. Of both of your lists, I’ve only read two. I haven’t read much High Fantasy at all, but I think it’s a genre I could love if I gave it a chance.

    I really enjoyed Poison Study! I binge read that trilogy a few years ago. The third book was a bit disappointing, but overall it’s a great series.

    I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to Finnikin of the Rock. I liked it, but after reading the following two books, I liked it less. It just wasn’t as good, and honestly, I don’t think it even fit as the first book in the series.
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