Hello fellow bookworms ✨ As you might know, I’m a big Fantasy lover, so I was really excited when Destiny @ howlinglibraries tagged me to do the Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag! Definitely check out her blog, she’s such a lovely person and I always enjoy reading her posts 💕 I don’t know who has already done this Tag, but if you also love Fantasy and want to do it, go ahead! 😊
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- Have fun!
➽ I’m actually not quite sure, but it might have been Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It’s one of the books I remember reading when I was younger and I loved the world! It’s a book about books and how reading gets you drawn into these worlds, so it was pretty much perfect for me 🥰 Funke is a popular German author and I still enjoy her books, especially the Reckless series that’s still ongoing.
➽ This was really hard, as most Fantasy authors make their characters suffer 😭 I’m choosing T.J. Klune as his books have some sadness but also lots of comfort and love as well! It’s a good balance. I’d definitely want the Found Family trope to be in the book and Klune writes this so well – it’s perfect 💕
➽ I have been reading many great Standalones and continued series this year. But I started Six Crimson Cranes and ended up loving it! This was my first Elizabeth Lim book that I read on Pauliina’s recommendation and it blew me away 💕 I didn’t know what to expect, but the story was magical, the main character complex, and the world interesting. The second and last book comes out this August and I’m very excited!
➽ When I think back on my favorite Fantasy series, it’s probably High Fantasy, even though I really like Urban/Contemporary Fantasy as well! There is just something about escaping into a completely different world from our own with its own magic that draws me in 💕 Sometimes I prefer Fantasy set in our world though when I don’t have the brain space to get to know a completely new world 😄
➽ I don’t tend to reach for Dark Fantasy/Grimdark that often, as I have to be in a specific mindset or mood to enjoy stories whose setting is designed to be very dark. It’s the reason why I didn’t read The Poppy War books, as they have a lot of heavy content that I knew wouldn’t be for me. That being said, I have been reading Fantasy books that also have some horror elements more often in recent years, as that’s something I can stomach 😄
➽ SO many 😂 I always mention these, but my Top 3 are Rick Riordan (I have loved every one of his mythology books), Susan Dennard (The Witchlands are one of my all-time favorite series), and Roshani Chokshi (She’s an amazing writer with great stories). I also love Jessica Townsend, Amanda Foody, Aiden Thomas, Ransom Riggs, and Margaret Rogerson. Basically, give me all the Fantasy books!!
➽ I don’t have one specific place, as I get my recommendations from multiple sources. Obviously, I read lots of Book Blogs and love picking up recommendations from other bloggers 💕 I also see some new and popular books on Book Twitter or Goodreads! Occasionally, I’ll also get some recs from my favorite Booktubers 😄
➽ SO many, it was very hard to choose! I’m definitely excited for Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson (spooky MG perfect for Fall), The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas (very hyped for another book by this author), and The Luminaries by Susan Dennard (super atmospheric and creepy).
➽ I had to think about this for a while, but there is something that bothers me a bit. That’s the misconception that certain authors ‘own’ tropes and that someone else writing about them is immediately a ‘ripoff’ of whatever popular book used this trope. Usually, these are white authors that get associated with a trope and when a marginalized author has a new book coming out with the same trope, they face backlash and comparisons. The most popular example is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, as every other book using a heist storyline is often compared to it. This happened with The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi and it broke my heart to see so much vitriol for this series, as it was relentlessly compared or called a ’ripoff’. I didn’t get it, as I love both books and they are not the same at all. This is sadly not an isolated incident either 😟
➽ I choose one book for each age category! For Middle Grade I would recommend Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, it’s magical, whimsical, and full of heart with an incredibly cool world. For YA White Cat by Holly Black is really good, it’s an older backlist series but has a great magic system and lots of snark! When it comes to (New) Adult The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova is great! It’s a high fantasy featuring dragons and had great, relatable characters. Elise Kova writes pretty easy-to-read and fun books!
➽ Abi @ Scribbles & Stories is a great book blogger who loves Fantasy (but also has some great Sci-Fi recs) and I’m very happy to have discovered their blog this year 💕 Not only is she super nice, but also has lots of great posts, so definitely check them out! 😊
Have you read any of the Books on my list? What is your favorite Fantasy book? What genres do you like to read? ✨