Favorite Books

These are some series and books I’ve really enjoyed. I’ll try to limit each category so things don’t get out of hand.


  • Andrews, Illona. Kate Daniels series – starts with Magic Bites. (Urban fantasy)
  • Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn. (Fairy tale, high fantasy)
  • Clarke, Susana. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (Historical fantasy)
  • Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. (Contemporary Fantasy)
  • Gaiman, Neil and Pratchett, Terry. Good Omens. (Contemporary Fantasy)
  • Gladstone, Max. The Craft Sequence – starts with Three Parts Dead. I’ve reviewed the third book Full Fathom Five(Second world, urban fantasy)
  • Lynch, Scott. The Gentleman Bastard series – starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora. (Epic fantasy, high fantasy)
  • McKinley, Robin. Sunshine. (Urban fantasy)
  • O’Malley, Daniel. The Rook. (Urban fantasy)
  • Pratchett, Terry. Discworld – I suggest starting with Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, Reaper Man, Wee Free Men or any book that relates to a specific interest of yours. (Comedic fantasy)
  • Sanderson, Brandon. The Stormlight Archives – starts with The Way of Kings, the Mistborn Trilogy – starts with Mistborn, and The Emperor’s Soul(Epic fantasy, high fantasy)

YA Fantasy

  • Duane, Diana. The Young Wizards series – starts with So You Want to Be a Wizard? (Urban fantasy, science-fiction fantasy)
  • Funke, Cornelia. The Inkheart trilogy  – starts with Inkheart– and the Mirrorworld series (Fairy tales) – starts with Reckless.
  • Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. 
  • Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. (High fantasy)
  • Jones, Diana Wynne. The Dark Lord of Derkholm (Comedic fantasy), Howl’s Moving Castle (Fairy tale, high fantasy), and the Chrestomanci series.
  • Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. (Fairy tale retelling)
  • McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown. (High fantasy)
  • Nix, Garath. The Abhorson series – starts with Sabriel. 
  • Pratchett, Terry. The Tiffany Aching series – starts with The Wee Free Men.
  • Rowling, J.K. The Harry Potter series – starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Cycle – start with The Raven Boys.
  • Stroud, Jonathan. The Bartimeaus trilogy – starts with The Amulet of Samarkand.
  • Wrede, Patricia C. The Enchanted Forest series – starts with Dealing with Dragons.

Science Fiction

  • Fforde, Jasper. Shades of Grey. (Dystopia)
  • Lowry, Lois. The Giver. (Dystopia)
  • Willis, Connie. To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book. (Time-travel)
  • Zettle, Sarah. Fool’s War. (Space Opera)

YA Science Fiction

  • Westerfeld, Scott. The Leviathan Trilogy – starts with Leviathan. (Steampunk)
  • Zahn, Timothy. The Dragonback series – starts with Dragon and Solider. (Space Opera)

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