Before I start off today’s topic, just a friendly reminder that my Armchair BEA book giveaway contest is still running at the moment. Contest ends on May 31st at 11:59PM EST so there’s still a bit of time left to enter if you haven’t already 😉
Topic of Choice: Fantasy
For today’s topic of choice, I’m going to talk a little bit about the Fantasygenre. I mentioned back at the start of the week that this is a genre I grew up reading, starting with a bit of Young Adult (see below) but branching out to adult fantasy around the time that The Lord of the Rings movies came out. There are a lot of imaginative and creative writers out there writing in the genre and the worldbuilding, the conflicts and the characters have just been amazing to read. My favourite fantasy novelist is still J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3) still my favourite fantasy novel ever, but there have been plenty of other wonderful fantasy titles I’ve read over the years.
Some of my other favourite novelists in the genre include Brandon Sanderson (his Mistborn books are fantastic (100 Things)), Neil Gaiman (need anything else be said?), Patricia A. McKillip (gorgeous, gorgeous fantasy that’s magical and quiet and unique), Tad Williams (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (100 Things) is still one of my utmost favourite trilogies around), and Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (review) is such a feat in scope and imagination).
And some notable novels to check out if you’re looking to start a few titles in the genre or looking for new titles to read:
- Sergey and Marina Dyachenko’s The Scar (review)
- Daniel Abraham’s The Long Price quartet (review #1, review #2)
- Patricia A. McKillip’s The Winter Rose (review)
- Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora (review)
- David Anthony Durham’s Acacia (review)
Middle Grade/Young Adult
I fall under the category of those who do not normally talk about this genre. In a way, it’s even hard to reflect to that stage of my life because growing up, I was already reading quite a bit of adult fiction. But the young adult titles I did read were memorable and enjoyable in their own way and were my early introduction to the fantasy genre before I really started reading from the adult fantasy section: Garth Nix’s Sabriel (100 Things), Tamora Pierce’s The Circle of Magic quartet, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Thanks to the blogging community and those who participate in Top Ten Tuesdays over the last few years, I have gotten to know a lot of YA titles that are out there and that readers enjoy. While I still don’t read very often from the genre, it’s good to know that there’s a variety of titles out there available for that particular demographic. I wish we had some of these titles when I was growing up! And while I will likely never get around to some of the most popular titles out there, here are a few titles that I’ve read and enjoyed over the last few years from the genre:
- Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (review)
- Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (review)
- Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (review)*
- Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I Loved Before (review)
- Frankie Brown’s Until We End (review)
- Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books
* = Err, yes, I hope to get my hands on Eleanor and Park sometime soon; it’s the only book by her left that I haven’t read (aside from her upcoming book, Landline, of course :))
And I turn it over to you niw: Do you read fantasy and/or YA? If so, who are your favourite authors or some of your favourite books? Any recommendations?