TTT: My Favourite Fantasy Books

Hello, everyone! I know it`s been a while since my latest post, but I wanted to take some time off to focus on my pregnancy. Most of you aren`t aware of this, but we've been trying for over 5 years, and we couldn`t believe it when we found out the good news. I actually took 5 pregnancy tests during different times, just to make sure it wasn`t a false positive. But thankfully, it was true, and we can`t wait to meet our baby girl. I am not going to lie, the first months were hard due to terrible sickness, but it`s all getting better now. I am sad that I haven`t picked up a book in three months, but I am hoping that I`ll be able to do some catching up once I start my maternity leave. Cause lord knows I won`t be able to do much in the first months after the baby is here. (too busy staring at the little creature..also cleaning mountains of poo)

Anyway, all rambling aside, I am so excited about today`s topic. We had to pick our favourite genre, and after much consideration, I`ve decided to go with fantasy. Historical fiction was a close contender, but in the last couple of years, it`s fantasy that stole my heart. The problem with fantasy is that at one point, you notice many similarities between several books. I suppose that there will always be some popular tropes, but it`s up to each author to put their own spin to their stories. For instance, Leigh Bardugo didn`t (re)invent the fantasy genre, but she writes such compelling characters, I can`t help but fall in love with her Universe. To be completely honest, she may be the reason why fantasy is my favourite genre at the moment. So obviously, "Six of Crows" and "Crooked Kingdom" are my number one picks. Never ask me to pick between these two though, it`s like naming your favourite child. Which as a future parent, I imagine it`s a NO NO.

Like I mentioned earlier, I did not read a lot this year but one book that blew me away was "A Curse So Dark And Lonely" by Brigid Kemmerer. In a sea of "Beauty and The Beast" retellings, this novel managed to bring something new. There was a fresh take on the curse, the heroine was a badass and the story did not head into the insta-love direction. The sequel is out next year, and I can`t wait to get my hands on it. My favourite grumpy personal guard will be the main character, and I`m just ready for all the sass and broodiness.

If we`re talking about my favourite fantasy books, I can`t help but mention one of my all-time favourite sequels, "The Invasion Of The Tearling". I know this series is not everyone`s cup of tea, but I loved it. Well, the ending was a complete joke, but the first books were so entertaining.I`ll admit that "The Queen of The Tearling" is a bit slow-paced and confusing in some parts, but its sequel was fantastic. We learn so much about the world and the motivation behind some of the characters. Our protagonist, Kelsea, changes from an innocent girl into a powerful queen, and this book consolidated her status as one of my most loved female characters.

I don`t know if I`m cheating by mentioning the next series, but paranormal is a sub-genre of fantasy, as far as I`m aware. Can I just do that thing where I blame pregnancy brain for all the knowledge that`s not in my brain anymore? And getting old, let`s not forget about that. All failed jokes aside, I want to give a shoutout to "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice. I discovered them when I was 16, and you can say that they shaped my teenage years. If I were to read them now, I`d definitely be more critical, but back when I was a teenage goth, they were the bomb. It was this series that made me realize I have a preference towards morally grey characters, and although I forgot a lot about the story, I still remember being fascinated by Anne`s descriptions. If I were to pick just one book out of them all, it would probably be "The Vampire Lestat". I couldn`t stand him in the first book, but once you hear his side of the story, he instantly becomes a favourite.

Last, but certainly not least, I`ll mention Harry Potter cause it`s everyone`s jam. Most of you read this series as kids, but I actually read it for the first time a couple of years ago. I was an adult, therefore my love for these books is not influenced by nostalgia, as some critics might argue. I just found the story incredibly well-written, with some of the most loveable and relatable characters ever. I can`t wait to introduce my kid to the fandom, make her a Potterhead just like her mummy. I did enjoy reading all of them, but I must admit that "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban" will always hold a special place in my heart.

I really hope you`ve enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments what are some of your favourite fantasy books. Or if it`s not your genre, which one it is and why?

* TTT is a weekly meme/ feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.



19 comments

  1. Who was your favorite character in Six of Crows?

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    1. Wow, it`s hard to pick one. Probably Nina, though Inej is closely behind.

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  2. Great list! (And congratulations!) I love Six of Crows and I want to give A Curse So Dark and Lonely a try - I've heard such good things!

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    1. Thank you! I really hope you`ll enjoy A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

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  3. Six of Crows was on my list this week too! My favourite Harry Potter is The Goblet of Fire, but I do love The Prisoner of Azkaban too, it comes a very close second!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/top-ten-tuesday-214/

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    1. The Goblet of Fire is my second favourite...I`m just too devastated about Cedric`s death

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  4. Congrats! I hope you have a really smooth pregnancy. I've heard so many incredible things about A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I will definitely have to check it out. Great list!

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    1. Thank you! I really hope you`ll enjoy A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the female protagonist is amazing.

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  5. I love the Six of Crows worldbuilding. I love how it incorporates the history (and even some of the characters) from the original Grisha Verse trilogy, yet it is so different.

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    1. So true. I still can`t believe we`re so lucky to be blessed with more novels in the Grishaverse.

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  6. Great list. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely as well! It really stood out.

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  7. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is one I've been wanting to read for months so I'm happy to see it made your list of favorites. Six of Crows is amazing too.

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  8. I read the Queen of the Tearling but I haven't read the rest yet. I really liked it though. And I've heard so much about the Leigh bardugo books- I really should try them.

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  9. CONGRATS on your news! That's amazing. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy in these coming months. :)

    I've heard EPIC things about 'Dark and Lonely,' so I'm glad to see it on your list. Hope it's one I read soon as I do enjoy a solid re-telling. Thanks bunches for visiting Finding Wonderland; I appreciate it. :)

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  10. Congratulations! Are you planning on naming her after any book characters?

    I really need to read Six of Crows. Why haven't I???

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  11. I adored The Queen of The Tearling, but I've still to read the final book.

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  12. Awesome photos! Harry Potter is definitely my favorite fantasy series. I read them as a kid/teen and reread them a few times as an adult.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. How wonderful that you've realized your dream of being pregnant after so many years of trying! I can definitely understand how you haven't had a lot of time or energy for reading.

    As far as the books go, those illustrated HP books are to die for! I love them all!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  14. Yes, yes you can blame everything on pregenancy brain and after that you can blame everything on mom brain. These are actual things.
    And congrats. That is amazing. I didn't read a whole lot during the first few months of my pregnancy either but it ended evening out a bit later on. When is your due date?

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