Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Fantasy

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love fantasy. So here are my top ten reads I’d recommend for people newly introduced to the genre. I’ve used the term ‘fantasy’ quite loosely, here — some of these novels may have elements of other genres in them, too. Like all my lists, they are in no particular order. (NOTE: I considered putting Harry Potter on this list… but I figured most people’d already read them, so.)

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1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Why? It’s freshly unique in the Fantasy genre — in order to use magic, the characters have to burn metals in their stomach. I MEAN REALLY, HOW AWESOME IS THAT??

2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.

Why? I love this series. Every damn word of it. It’s probably more Middle Grade — as in its short, with younger characters, which was what I loved about it. Colourful world-building, great, unforgettable characters.

3. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.


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4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


5. The Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson.

Why? I adore this series! Dragons, an Asian-inspired series?? Yep. Love this series.

6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.

Why? I’ve seen plenty of mixed reviews for this one — but I will always love this one. Wonderful writing, intriguing storyline. Love it.

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7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

Why? I read this novel when I was quite young — which was a pretty big accomplishment for me at that age! — and loved it. Who doesn’t like some dragon-awesomeness??

8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

Why? Fairytale-ish, magic, hot prince dude? Kagawa is one awesome writer!

9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Why? This might fall more into the category of Paranormal … but it’s such a great read. Solid writing, witty banter… love it. (Admittedly, though, as the series continued my interest for it dwindled.)

10. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.

Why? I love me some Greek mythology! You should, too!

That’s it for my list this week. What’s on yours? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesdays below. Other honourable mentions? Shadow and Bone; Falling Kingdoms; Graceling.


27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Fantasy

  1. I have read SIX of these. Hurrah for me! I love the sound of burning metal to create magic. And in your STOMACH? That’s so metal (hahahaha see what I did there?). One day I will read Game of Thrones. Well, maybe it will take me a year, to be honest :P Great recs! :)

  2. I haven’t read much fantasy, partly because I prefer historical fiction and science fiction, and partly because my family is Christian so my parents are very iffy about allowing me to read most fantasy books. I have read The Chronicles of Narnia, LOTR and The Hobbit, though, and they were all fantastic reads. (Hehe…See what I did there? Fantasy, fantastic…No? Okay, I’ll stop.)

  3. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres too. I have read almost all of the books on your amazing list, except for Tamora Pierce. I actually have never read any of her books. She has so many and I could never decide where to start. Which one should I read first?

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  4. UMMM YES to anything and everything Tamora Pierce! I’ve only read a few of the books on your list, but a BUNCH of them on my TBR list. Though I think Game of Thrones might be a little to lengthy for me.

  5. I need to read the iron king and throne of glass! I am pretty new to fantasy. But I read Harry potter and graceling and loved them. So I need to read more.

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  6. I feel like a bad fantasy reader because I’ve never actually read anything by Brandon Sanderson. I definitely need to change that.

    From your list, I love A Game of Thrones and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I would also recommend the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, and almost anything by Neil Gaiman.

    • Give him a go! I didn’t love Mistborn like everyone else, however, I did enjoy it. Thanks for the recommendations — I’m especially interested in reading something by Neil Gaiman. For some reason I’ve never read any of his books before!

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