This is a weekly meme now hosted by The Artsy Girl Reader. This week’s theme is Books From My Favourite Genre. This was a very easy choice for me as my absolute go-to genre is fantasy. I think this goes right back to my childhood when I first entered Narnia and travelled down the rabbit hole with Alice. There are so many fantasy books I adore that I’ve decided to restrict myself to listing only books in series and then divide these into YA and middle-grade.
The trilogy that really got me into reading fantasy as an adult was Lord of the Rings. I remember going to the cinema to watch it, and just really not being able to cope with having to wait so long for the next film! The next day, I ordered Lord of the Rings, and completely lived in that world for the next few weeks. This led to The Belgariad (and all other David & Leigh Eddings books) and The Riftwar Saga, both of which I loved, not just for the world’s created, but because of the characters, who were incredibly believable and sympathetic.
A few of these are probably really obvious choices, but I just had to include them anyway! I came to Harry Potter late – after all the books had been published. I remember picking one up at the end of July and, by the middle of August, I had read them all. The Chronicles of Narnia completely hooked me, and drew me into this incredible world as a child. James Nichol has created the most amazing character in Arianwyn, who fails her witch exams, but is really the most fantastic witch! The Wild Magic Trilogy has had two books published: Begone the Raggedy Witches and The Little Grey Girl, which has the best depiction of a ghost that I’ve ever read in middle-grade – just incredible!
I’m sure there are some great series I’ve missed out on – I almost feel guilty choosing so few books but it was a Top 10 and, by including series, I got a few more books in my list!
Have you read any of these? Are there some other great series I’m missing out on?