August 25: Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Fantasy 101
I adore fantasy literature, but unfortunately I don’t read enough of it (for one reason or another), and it is for that reason that I chose “Fantasy 101” as my subject of choice. I split this weeks TTT into two sections, firstly fantasy books that I myself have read and believe are pivotal novels, followed by a selection of books that are still stuck on my TBR but I have been assured are fabulous reads. I’m hoping it gives me the incentive to finally read some more fantasy literature.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Arguably the most loved children’s book of all time, Harry Potter follows the boy wizard as he discovers magic, friends and bravery.
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Following the adventures of Wendy, John and Michael as they travel to Neverland with Peter, it sees them befriend the Lost Boys and meet arch enemy pirate Captain Hook.
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Set in the mythical land of Narnia, it follows four children and their journey through a magical wardrobe where they discover good and evil.
4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
These short stories are filled with adventure, mystical characters and magic. Set in different lands, they are the ultimate fantasy tales.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, it follows huntress Feyre and her entrapment and enslavement by Tamlin, and her bravery in the face of evil queen Amarantha.
6. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The hype surrounding this book is extraordinary. I’ve heard amazing things about the world building and magic system.
7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
According to Goodreads, “this book retains all the classic elements of fantasy: magic, mythical creatures and supernatural phenomena.” Sounds brilliant.
8. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Set on a world supported on the back of a giant turtle, this is the first novel in Pratchett’s award winning Discworld series, and it’s comic value is second to none, or so I’m told.
9. Sabriel by Garth Nix
With a kickass female lead, ‘Sabriel’ is the first novel in an action packed trilogy, with an interesting magic system.
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
In a world of dwarves, trolls and wizards, this book follows Hobbit Bilbo on his quest to defeat dragon Smaug, and is filled with excitement and adventure.
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