Welcome to the first Favourites Friday of 2019! I have been in a huge fantasy mood lately, so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about my favourite fantasy books in the first Favourites Friday of the year! If you have been here for any time at all, then you can probably guess most of the books on this list because I never shut up about them, but I’m going to tell you all about them again. This favourites list is going to be focused around fantasy series instead of stand-alone fantasy novels because I haven’t read enough of those to make a list yet, so my favourite fantasy stand-alones list will be coming in the future when I have read more. Do you have any fantasy stand-alone recommendations for me? Tell me in the comments down below or on my Instagram (@theoriginalbookdragon). For now though, let’s talk about my favourite fantasy series…
The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Shadowhunters Chronicles are of course the first books on this list. I never shut up about them and I never will because I love them so much! I know some people don’t like them and I appreciate that some of her first books are slightly less well-written, but Cassie Clare has grown so much as a writer since her first book and I think everyone should at least give them a chance. I am planning on doing a review/comparison post of my opinion on the shadowhunters chronicles now vs when I first read them 4 years ago at the mere age of 12. I am still in the middle of my re-read of them at the moment, but when I have finished it I think I will write that for you all. I’ve talked about Cassie Clare’s books on here so many times now, so I won’t bore you any more, but these books will always be important to me and I will always adore them!
The Grisha Verse Books by Leigh Bardugo
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’ll also know how obsessed I was with all of Leigh Bardugo’s books in the Grisha Verse last year and that hasn’t changed now that it is 2019! Leigh Bardugo is some sort of magician because her writing is phenomenal and her stories moved me and made me fall in love with a book in a way that I hadn’t done for a little while. If you haven’t read Leigh Bardugo’s books, then I highly suggest that you do because they are truly amazing and so so so diverse. Her books are magical, moving and hilarious all in one and I adore them all!
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
I don’t talk about the Percy Jackson series that often on here, but they are some of the first books I remember reading and loving as a child and that hasn’t changed now that I’m older. All of Rick Riordan’s books are so diverse and hilarious, but also manages to be just as heart-wrenching as any YA books I’ve read even thought they are aimed at younger people. I really want to re-read all of Rick’s books this year because I haven’t read this since I was in primary school, so I am long over-due a re-read. Perhaps I’ll do a big re-read one week in the summer and film it?
The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
The Fallen Series is much more of a recent read for me, but they have become and instant favourite for me. I’ve talked about these books several times now and I know they have a lot of mixed reviews because they aren’t the most well-written books ever, but the story captivated me in a way I never expected it to. I definitely appreciate that the execution and writing of these books aren’t amazing, but I was so invested in the story throughout and I actually cried at the end of the last book, which is quite rare for me.
The Girl at Midnight trilogy by Melissa Grey
I feel like I don’t talk about the girl at midnight trilogy enough either considering how much I love them, but I am going to talk about them now. I bought the first books in this series when it first came out when I was first getting into reading (not realising it was the first in a series mind you) and I immediately fell in love. The world is nothing like I’ve ever read before and I still haven’t read anything like it several years later. I had to wait for each book to come out and and wait a year each time and I loved each book more than the last. The covers of these books are also gorgeous, which obviously doesn’t mean anything, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Those are my top 5 favourite fantasy series! I didn’t mention this at the beginning, but they are in fact in order from top to bottom. The Shadowhunters Chronicles will always be my favourite and the list goes down from there. I struggle to order favourite lists for a lot of other genres, but I know exactly what I like when it comes to my fantasy series, so this wasn’t as much of a task. What are your favourite fantasy series? Do you find it difficult to choose which books are your favourite? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to be over on my Instagram (@theoriginalbookdragon)!
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