So here I am to do my first Top Ten Tuesday post, and I’m super excited!!! My X genre is quite obviously fantasy ( or maybe not quite so obviously because I’ve been doing this for what, a week now? ) and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why you may or may not agree with fantasy being the absolute best genre out there, but that’s a list to make for a different day.
Instead of having my list go 1-10, I’ve decided to go backwards and do my list 10-1, because if I didn’t do something that is slightly rebellious then really I wouldn’t be me.* There is a method to my madness, though, because I am nothing if not an organized ball of cute chaos.
( Or just cute chaos. Yeah, that’s it! I’m cute chaos. )
This is not just a list of my top ten favorite books from the fantasy genre, oh no! This is a list of my top nine favorite fantasies that I’ve read so far in my life**, leading up to my number one book of all time, which just so happens to be a fantasy! Aren’t you excited?! ( I am!!! )
* It’s always the quiet ones, isn’t it?
** The first nine books are subject to change over time because I’m a very indecisive person.
Because I’m short on time, I’m just going to give one reason I love each of these books, though there are many, until I get to book #1.
10. The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh
The whole theme of this book is just wonderful. I know, that’s a ton of information, but spoilers, I don’t want to give any out. Just trust me and go read it. You’ll see what I mean.
9. The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley
This book is set inside of a book. That’s all I need to say.
8. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The prison is so creative and it really feels big. Sometimes your told a setting is really large but then the way the author writes about it makes it feel small. This was not the case in Incarceron. If anything, the prison felt much bigger than was described, so that was A+.
7. The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
The reason I love this book ( or short story really ) is because of how haunted I felt at the end of it. It’s really indescribable. Even to this day, when I think of how it ended, and how the ending was written, it gives me that haunted feeling again. Not scared, haunted.
6. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Orphans and Venice and masks and magic carousels!!! This book was a perfect mix of them all, and I just so happen to have an affinity for all of those things so I was bound to enjoy this book.
5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I love the setting, I love the ghostly feel, but what really caught my attention was the format of this book. It’s a bunch of short stories that at first may appear to just be stories for the sake of being stories, but then they all connect in the end! I found this intriguing and exciting.
4. Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Irish Mythology. Number one reason why I love this book and the rest of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Greek and Roman myths, but they are so overused. The Irish culture is my favorite foreign culture, mostly because of fairies and magic, so I was so happy to find books that used Irish Mythology.
3. The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
The house itself is awesome. Reality / space / time jumping? Say just one of those and I’m all in. Oh, and Calcifer. He’s one of my favorite charters ever, though there isn’t much of him in this book.
2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Reality jumping, hello! It’s so effortless and so captivating at the same time in this book. It makes it feel so natural, and I think that can be a real struggle when it comes to writing a plot dealing with multiple worlds / versions of reality.
1. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
I love this book for a few reasons.
a) It’s just a story for the sake of being a story. How often do you see that? Not very. No plot, no purpose, just a story. I need more stories like this one
b) The setting is marvelous. If you have not read this book then I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that I would be happy to spend the rest of my life living where Auri lives, never having to come into contact with people unless I wanted to ( because people can be stressful in real life, as much as I love them ).
c) You don’t have to read the rest of the series to read this book! Yes, this book is a side story from “The Kingkiller Chronicles”, but I haven’t read any of the actual novels ( yet ) and the story was still wonderful.
But while all this is great, none of it is the true reason this book is my number one book of all time.
Auri is the reason this book can never be topped. The way she looks at things, how she thinks, feeling when objects and things are in their proper spot, like she can feel the balance of the universe around her, and she strives to keep that balance held up. It’s like her intuition can see through the upper layer of this world, into how everything really works and lines up.
I read this book and thought, “Oh, it’s in words.”
Because I never would have thought that anybody else sees the world the way I do.
Have you read any of the books listed above? Are any of them your favorites too? Have you ever read a book that really “clicked” with you and can never be topped by any other book? Link me to your TTT post in your comment!