Top Ten Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

Yes! I did it! I finally participated in a Top Ten Tuesday! *fist pump* As I’m sure many of you know, Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and Bookish. (Because seriously, it’s everywhere.) I don’t think I’ll be participating every week – I mean, I only write about 3 posts per fortnight as it is – but I’ll be popping in every now and again to see if the topic interests me.

I’ve chosen fantasy as my genre for this one. Whilst I love fantasy, I still haven’t read a lot of the books which are considered staples of the genre. A book I just want to read snuck in there at the end, but I almost made it.

fellowship of the ring
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien I got the whole series one year for Christmas and didn’t get into the first one. I’d like to have another go, though, because a) it’s Lord of the Rings and b) all my fanatic friends have been pestering me.
2. The Old Kingdom/ Abhorsen series by Garth Nix I read my first book ever by Garth Nix in November: it was sci-fi, and it was great. I really don’t know how I’ve managed to miss this particular series.
the farthest shore
3. The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin I started this series and never finished it; this is where I ended. (I seem to remember that I was the first person to borrow a Wizard of Earthsea from the library in over 10 years.) Anyway, the library has now gotten rid of its old Ursula Le Guin books so I’ve taken the last books in the Earthsea series for me to finish off.
the colour of magic
4. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels I am sorry. I do not know how I have missed these.
5. Any Neil Gaiman I’ve only read The Graveyard Book and seen the film adaptation of Coraline. The Graveyard Book was awesome – it had that aura of confidence, you know? – and now I just need to read his other works. Anything. (I’m out to get you, battered copy of Stardust that’s on the display rack.)
game of thrones
6. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin It’s one of the big fantasy books. I really ought to read it. (But they’re just…so…long.)
the eye of the world
7. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan This sprawling epic takes up a whole shelf at our school library. I made a bet with my friend whilst we were calculating its approximate amount of words (Wikipedia tells me it’s 4.4m). I have now consigned myself to reading the entire fourteen novels, none of which are under 650 pages.
once and future king
9. The Once and Future King by T.H. White And I call myself a Merlin fan. (I mean, they’re not that similar, but still. Merlin is based off the legend.)
hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
8. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Shh, shh, I know this is technically science fiction. But it’s just one of those books that a lot of people tell me to read.
the sending
10. The Sending or whatever they’re calling it in the UK by Isobelle Carmody This should not really be on the list, but I have a lot of pent-up anger. YOU CAN’T JUST PUBLISH A SERIES AND THEN NOT PUBLISH THE LAST BOOK IN ONE COUNTRY, okay? I would get my family in Australia to send a copy over, but for some reason they’ve changed the titles for different countries and I have no idea which ones my UK titles correspond to.

And the big question: have I missed any out??

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

    1. It’s good to know there are other people who have yet to read LOTR too. c: Hopefully I’ll manage to get round to Game of Thrones…eventually. Thanks for the welcome! *scuttles off to check your top ten*

  1. You really ought to read Lord of the Rings. It’s an amazing trilogy, but admittedly reaaaaaally slow to start. Don’t worry, though. It gets better.

    If you want to get into fantasy, you should definitely read Seraphina! I’m not sure if it’s a fantasy staple, but if it isn’t, then it should be 😉

    1. Thanks for the advice! I’ll try to quell my impatient urges and stick at it.

      Ooh, my friend just read Seraphina! I’ll see if I can borrow it from her. A lot of my favourite fantasy books aren’t actually ‘staples’, so I’d love to try it. 🙂

    1. Haha, I know what you mean. It’s much easier for me to get into a book/series with relatively fast pacing.
      I’m taking a trip to the library at the weekend, so hopefully that copy of Stardust will still be there! 😉

  2. Oh boy… I haven’t read any of these books *shakes head* lol.
    And here I thought I was a good reader….maybe I need to broaden my book choices?

    1. Ah, that was why I made the list! I’m sure you’re a great reader- it’s like when I look through the ‘books you should read before you die’ kind of lists and find nothing I recognise. :-/ I sometimes like to try new things, but it’s also really comforting to come back to stuff I know.

  3. the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sounds awesome. Admittedly, I haven’t read it, but all the qoute graphics I’ve seen are hilarious. Oh, and TOWELS. I don’t even know xD I love the LoTR movies, but I never got around to reading the books. Too slow to start, I guess? The Hobbit is really good though.


    Ack. I just realized I haven’t read any of these on the list >.<

    1. I’ve also heard that THGTG (is that what I abbreviate it to?) has some cool philosophical ideas like a pig that wants to be eaten and stuff. If I don’t enjoy the LOTR book then I’ll at least watch the movies!

      Hehe, we obviously must have a psychic connection xD And don’t worry – that’s what this list is for, right? 😉

  4. I just discovered Neil Gaiman and my life just got better! I love the Ocean at the End of the Lane. You should read it! Could you maybe check out one of my book reviews and follow my blog if you like it? Thanks for this post! P.S I love the theme of your blog! It is so refreshing!!!!!!

    1. Oooh, I’ll check out The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I’ve gone to take a look at your blog, too – it’s always great when I find new blogs and meet up with fellow bookworms. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by, and I’m happy you enjoyed reading.

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