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Top 9 Fantasy Books to Read, No Matter the Weather

Updated on October 13, 2018
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Kambi is a major fantasy enthusiast with a love for books. When it comes to picking up the next novel, she's all in!

Many people can agree that, though going out and doing things is fun, sometimes it’s best to sit and read a good book.

Reading can be an incredible escape for anyone, providing a safe haven where the only thing that matters is the storyline and their own thoughts. Whether it be boiling hot outside or a winter wonderland, these books are guaranteed to take your mind on adventures you never thought possible!

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#9: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Starting off this list right with the fantastic novel: Lord of the Rings. Simply watching the movie doesn’t suffice! Any book lover knows that nothing can quite compare to your own imagination, despite how amazing the movies may be. Those who have read the book can agree that J.R.R. Tolkien has created a long-lived masterpiece with this novel. So, if you’ve got the time on your hands then I very much encourage you to pick up this book.


#8: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Let’s be honest, we all knew this series was going to pop up in here at some point or another. Harry Potter has become a beloved book by many, thanks to the renowned author, J.K. Rowling. Fun fact about the book, Rowling actually made up the name while on a train! Pretty neat, huh? Now you can think about that while diving into the wonderful wizarding world! And, if you’ve read this book before, feel free to pick it back up and discover all of the details you may have missed the first hundred times.


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#7: Angelfall by Susan EE

This book took me by surprise when I first read it by chance. Just imagine, a world where people fear angels to the point of an apocalyptic realm! Not quite a book you see often in stores and is actually on the “unknown books” section on many book websites, but I can assure you that it will keep you turning the pages in its three-book series.


#6: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

First of all, I can promise you I did not misspell the author’s last name. Second of all, this book sent me for a loop when I read it for Battle of the Books back in my sophomore year of high school. With psychics and ghosts and a long gone king, it takes all sorts of turns that will keep you entertained for hours! Personally, I lost a bit of sleep by staying up to read the next few chapters (that’s a sign of a great book).


#5: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Now, you may be wondering why I put a child’s fantasy book in a higher rank than the great works of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, and I will tell you exactly why: this book has significance to me. I read this book back in the 5th grade and I fell in love with it instantly. This book, with the magic of dragons and new worlds, helped set the bed of kindling to ignite my love of reading. For those reasons alone, it will forever be part of my top 5 all time favorites!


#4: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

With fairies and golems, trolls and huge beasts, these books are the epitome of fantasy. Brandon Mull does a fantastic job with bringing these different creatures to life within the readers’ minds and in the hearts of many. These were the books my mom would read to me in bed, with the snow swirling outside and the fire burning bright in the living room hearth. Needless to say, the nostalgia and the sheer brilliance of the books will always stay with me-- in memory and physically, since I still own all six books in the series!

#3: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

One word: dragons. Dragons, dragons, dragons, dragons!!! Who doesn’t love DRAGONS?! Dragons in human form with silver blood, a whole new culture of DRAGONS… and did I mention Dragons?? This is an intricate tale of a girl, with a secret (shhhhhhhh) that could cause her life to be in danger. With adventures and insecurities, this two-book series ranks high in my heart as one of the best books I have ever read! It’s so easy to connect to the characters, love them as if they are real people, and keep them with you even after the series ends.


#2: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

First of all, I have to admit that Sarah J Maas is one of my favorite all-time authors. I have recently started reading this series and oh my GOSH. The characters are so well developed and have aspects inside of themselves that I can see in real people, making them come to life. Other than the magic and creatures, of course! Between death-defying wonders and heart racing adventure, you’ll be on your seat waiting for the next installments from SJM!

#1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Let me start by saying that the Throne of Glass series is one of my all-time FAVORITES. With the last installment of the seven-book series being released in Fall of 2018, it has taken my imagination to new heights! Through battles of wits, romance, laughter, and many tears, this is most certainly the number one book I could possibly recommend to you. The characters are absolutely inspiring, and being able to see the characters develop throughout the series makes the hours of lost sleep worth every single bit.


These have been my top 9 favorite fantasy books that will take you on adventures beyond what you thought possible. If this list inspires you to pick up one of these books in the near future, I would LOVE to know what you thought of it.


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    • thedinasoaur profile image

      Dina 

      2 weeks ago from California

      Kambriann! Reading this hub made me smile real big. A lot of these books are already ones that I enjoy. I still have Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash to complete the Throne of Glass series, a series that I love so much. Obviously, Harry Potter and LOTR are favorites already. I'd love to read more about your thoughts on Celaena Sardothian and her adventures. Also: I was super lucky to devour the ACOTAR series since all the books are already out. I am still in the thick of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. But, it's also wonderful. I clearly need to give Angelfall another try.

      I obviously gave you a follow on here. Can't wait to read more of your work.

    • Mahi Hossain profile image

      Mahi Hossain 

      4 weeks ago from Dhaka

      Great list. Try The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman though.

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      Poppy 

      4 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Throne of Glass sounds cool! I'll check it out. Fantasy will always be my favourite genre.

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      Cathyrin 

      5 weeks ago from Philippines

      Great list! :)

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