To say this past week has been stressful would be an understatement. My go to for almost everything in life (after praying and reading scriptures) is to pick up a good book. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my favorite books in several different genres.
This list will be 10 fantasy + sci-fi books that I truly love. You can read these if you’re a lover of fantasy or if it’s a genre you haven’t read in a while. Let’s get started.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is a classic and a great comfort read. I’m currently reading this series again.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. An assassin, a competition, and some magic. I love Sarah’s writing. This is her first book, but it’s such a fun read.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. One of my favorite fantasy series of all time! Book 2 is my favorite in the series. There’s magic and faeries and romance. This is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The writing is amazing and you’ll be sucked in right away. (There are some steamy romance scenes in this book). Get all three books in the ACOTAR series here.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. To be honest, I struggled with this first book. I don’t love the main character. But last year Stephanie (@theesspressoedition) recommended I read the rest of the books. This world sucks you in and you won’t want to come back to the real one. There are magic and games and a little bit of mystery. Read my spoiler-free review of Legendary + Finale (books 2-3)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A circus that appears without warning. The magic that can’t be explained. A duel between two magicians. The audiobook is fantastic (read by Jim Dale) but no matter how you read this book, it’s a story you won’t forget.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Vicious is more sci-fi than fantasy. When Victor and Eli figure out they can become EO (Extra Ordinary, think superpowers) they do everything they can to get powers. Even if it means killing themselves. This book is dark, the characters are all morally grey. And it is so so good.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Victoria/V.E. writes both adult and YA fiction. This Savage Song is a YA dystopian type of book where humans are monsters and there are monsters who wish to be human. There are two books in this series, Our Dark Duet has one of the greatest endings ever. It will wreck you. These characters will make you fall in love with them and make you wonder what it really means to be a monster.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Yes, this list has a lot of Victoria’s books on it. (For a more comprehensive list about her books, you can check out my post about rainy day reads) A Darker Shade of Magic gave me all the Harry Potter vibes, but with darker content. Get the entire Shades of Magic trilogy here.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I LOVE this series! I read all three books (the first two for the second time) in just a week when book 3 came out. We follow Jude who is a human, who is taken into the faerie world where she grows up with her twin sister and her stepfather. The fae are cruel in this book and Jude is just as cruel. All three books are fantastic, and this is a world you won’t want to leave. Read my reviews for The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. This is a great one if you’re new to fantasy. I feel like no one talks about this book, but it is so good! There’s time travel, forbidden magic, and romance. What more could you want?
I know that things are a little crazy right now, but I always can find comfort in a good book. Wondering where to get a book if your library is closed? Here are some suggestions:
Libro.fm is my favorite Audible alternative. It’s the same price but you get to pick a local bookstore to support your purchases. Get your first month/book free here. It’s $14.99/month after your first month
Scribd is like Netflix but for audiobooks. They have a decent selection, and you can listen to as many books as you want each month, you just don’t own them as you do with Audible or Libro.fm. Scribd is $8.99/month, with your first month free.
Purchase on Amazon – physical, ebook, or audio. Don’t have a kindle? Download the Kindle app on your phone to read e-books.
Use Bookstore Link to purchase from your local bookstore.
Have you read any of these? Which other fantasy books would you recommend right now?