Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read If I Had An Epic Fantasy Book Club

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Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their fabulous bookish meme, Top Ten Tuesday. Recently, I got into more modern epic fantasy instead of just classical fantasy. This book is as much of an epic fantasy to-read list as it is an epic fantasy book club book list.

          

1. Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams: I love the author’s blog, and the writing that she demonstrates on her blog is insightful and skillful. I have no doubt that her book will be the same. Also, it’s a fantasy book that has a lot to do with music, which I think is pretty cool.

2. The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight: I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this author. Additionally, her fantasy books don’t contain magic, which is good for me because I’m not allowed to read most books that contain magic.

3. The Tales of Goldstone Wood Series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl: The only book I’ve read in this series was Heartless, but it was phenomenal. The characters were so real and the world was meticulously detailed. I can’t wait to delve deeper into this series and then read it over and over again so that I can properly tie all the threads together.

          

4. The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner: On her blog, Anne Elisabeth Stengl pointed out that Megan Whalen Turner is one of her favorite fantasy authors. What one reads greatly affects what one rights, and I want to be as good of a writer as Anne Elisabeth Stengl, so I should read what she reads, right? Okay…maybe it isn’t that easy…

5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is the classic of all epic fantasy, along with The Hobbit. Tolkien spent so much time completely immersed in his world and making it so complex that readers can read his books over and over and over again yet never catch all the details. Of course I had to include this one.

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Again, this is a classic epic fantasy book, and I enjoy it even more than LOTR. I need another reread of this book.

          

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Once again, this is another one of those classics. C.S. Lewis spins an amazingly complex world with endearing characters that I have grown to love and root for emphatically (especially Lucy Pevensie) in this series. Not only that, but he was also able to write an allegory without being preachy.

8. The Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson: The books in this series are each extremely long, as they are all a little bit over 1,000 pages. Daunting? Yes. Worth it? Also, yes, from what I’ve heard. According to other reviews, Sanderson’s writing is masterful and the adventures he tells are riveting. Count me in.

9. The Simarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: I just had to put another Tolkien book on here. He is truly the master of epic fantasy. I’ve never actually read this book before, but I’ve heard that it is fabulous and is the perfect dose of nerdy and epic. It tells the history of Middle Earth and it has a lot to do with elves. I’ll call it research, because soon I’m going to be writing about elves.

10. Suggestions, anyone? 

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read If I Had An Epic Fantasy Book Club

  1. Lovely list. I am not much for fantasy, but these all sound intriguing (the only one I have read was The Lord of the Rings). I woul definitely join that epic book club : )

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      1. I did read The Hobbit. When I said “all three” I meant Silmarillion, Hobbit, and the whole LOTR series. All were fantastic. I can’t wait for the last Hobbit movie to be on DVD for a marathon. 🙂

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  2. I just bought the Thief, so I’m glad it made your list. For some reason I always stop reading after the Hobbit. One of these years I have to read LOTR already. The Way of Kings has been on my list for a year, but with blogging I’m hesitant to start such a long book. Nice list!

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  3. The Chronicles of Narnia is one series that I would absolutely love to read, but strangely have never bought the series. I have the Lord of The Rings box set, along with the Hobbit, but they just look so daunting to pick up and start. I wasn’t a fan of the movies really (probably the only one) and they tends to make me reluctant to read the series. I’m determined this year to give them a go. Thanks for sharing Ana ❤

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    1. I’ve never bought the whole Chronicles of Narnia series either, but I really want to own all the books in the series. LOTR and The Hobbit can be dense at times since they were written so long ago, but they are so worth it. Tolkien is the master at world building. HOW DID YOU NOT LIKE THE MOVIES?!? I don’t think we can be friends anymore. Okay, I’m just kidding. 🙂 I just really loved the movies, and I’m sad it’s over.

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  4. Ah I absolutely loved The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe! The Chronicles of Narnia were almost like my fantasy staple- the first fantasy books I ever read that hooked me to the genre. I- embarrassingly- haven’t read The Lord of the Rings series, but think it’s about time I read The Hobbit. I’m not sure if this qualifies as epic, but Throne of Glass was a great fantasy read I would recommend. I loved the main character, Celaena, and I think that book would be fun to discuss, too. Nice post, Ana:)

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

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    1. The Chronicles of Narnia really is a fantasy staple. The Hobbit is a wonderful book, and in my opinion it’s even better than the LOTR trilogy. Bilbo is an amazing character that really grows throughout the book. Thanks for the recommendation, Claire. I’ve heard only good things about Throne of Glass, so I’d like to try reading it someday.

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  5. Oh, oh, OH. You must read Resistance. It is fantastic.
    Ah, suggestions? The Wingfeather Saga and The Door Within Trilogy are both clean epic fantasy.
    I agree with Victoria’s comment, but they did have some language. That bothered me, but it was a good series.

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      1. *nods* It really wasn’t much, but appeared once or twice in several of the books. I just wanted to let you know just in case you were bothered by that type of thing. 🙂

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  6. I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson, but I am ashamed to say that as a book nerd have never read the Lord of the Rings. I tried reading the Hobbit 3 times, but never could get into it. What do you say? Should I try reading it?

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  7. CLEARLY I need to be in your book club so I can read all these books. I mean, I feel really bad because I haven’t read any of them! D: I must read The Hobbit ASAP

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  8. AHHHHHHH. I LOVE THIS LIST. Can we please just create a book club together and read allll the books? 😉 I’m so with you on anything Tolkein – I’m such a LOTR fangirl, and some of my fondest memories are of my 5th grade English teacher reading The Hobbit to us while we drank hot cocoa. (She was an awesome teacher, in case you hadn’t realised!)

    I’d also add the Gregor the Overlander series to the list – it’s by Suzanne Collins, same author of The Hunger Games, but I love Gregor so much more than THG. It holds a special place in my heart. ❤

    Also, random question, if you don't mind my asking: is there a specific reason you don't read books with magic? 🙂

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  9. So many good books! I love Resistance, and am really excited for the second book to come out next month! Of course, LotR is a favorite, as is the Chronicles of Narnia.

    As for recommendations… The DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul are very well-written Christian allegory (non-preachy, much like C.S. Lewis), though there is some magic in them, so maybe your parents could look them over first. The Auralia Thread by Jeffrey Overstreet is another wonderful Christian fantasy series.

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  10. The only books I’ve read on this list are some of the Narnia ones when I was a kid. I should read some of these books those, I never got into LOTR even though it’s a really popular classic fantasy. I’ve purchased some of the Way of the Kings books though, so I’ll definitely pick them up. Great list!

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