Top Ten Books I Would Give to People Who Have Never Read Fantasy10:24
I have to admit, I am a massive fan of fantasy. Most of the books I borrow from the library are fantasy, and a lot of the books on my bookshelves are too. So when I saw that the topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly link-up hosted by TheBroke and the Bookish, was the top ten books I would give to someone who had never read (X), I instantly knew my list was going to be about books for readers who have never read fantasy. This was definitely an easy list to write this week.
1. Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levin
Ella Enchanted would make a great first book for people who have never read fantasy. It’s based on a familiar fairy tale, which would make understanding it easier, it’s funny, which always helps, and the book is quirky and full of amazing characters. It definitely shows off the lighter, more humorous side of fantasy.
2. Ranger’s Apprentice
For younger readers especially, the Ranger’s Apprentice books would be a really good place to get a start on fantasy. They’re not too heavy on the fantasy details, so new readers won’t get overloaded, the settings are quite familiar (being based on real countries), but there’s still enough fantasy in both the world and the creatures in it to ease new readers into the fantasy genre.
I have to confess, I’m not actually a big fan of this book, despite being an avid fantasy reader. However, I know that a lot of people have really enjoyed this book, so new readers can make up their own minds on this book. It does have dragons, and every reader new to fantasy should meet the dragons as soon as they possibly can.
Wayne Thomas Batson
This book shows another side to the fantasy genre: books that are set in the real world with the main character travelling to another world. It’s also set both in the real world, and in the world of dreams, which I think is absolutely awesome. It’s very creative, and very well written, and would make a great first fantasy book for new readers.
5. Wildwood Dancing
This is another fairy tale retelling, which is a sub-genre I like very much, and it shows off the whimsical, pretty side of the fantasy genre. Everything about this book speaks of the elegance and grace of fantasy. Plus it has fairies and a talking frog, and those notorious bargains that are to be found everywhere in fantasy books.
6. Percy Jackson
This series is an excellent one for new fantasy readers. It’s set in the real world, in a country that most readers will be fairly familiar with. Oh yeah, and it just so happens to have the ancient Greek Gods wandering around in modern day America. Which is kind of awesome. This book is so much fun, and doesn’t have absolutely masses of world building, so it would make a great first book for people new to fantasy.
7. The Seer and the Sword
This book has been a favourite of mine for quite a long time. It’s got a fantasy world, a girl who can see the future, and a love story that even I, who isn’t a big reader of romance, can enjoy. This one has a whole cast of awesome characters as well. This isn’t heavy reading, so it would be an easy book for new readers to read, and it’s full of awesome adventures. What’s not to like?
8. The Raven Boys
This is an amazing book (and it may have already features in more than one Top Ten Tuesday in the past). While it’s a fantasy book, it’s also set in the real world, and the fantasy elements are woven in so well that they don’t feel heavy handed at all. Plus the characters, the plot and the details are all so well written that this book is riveting. Even if you’re not new to fantasy, you should read this book.
9. The Hobbit
This book is probably not the best first book for a brand new reader of fantasy to start with. But it’s a very fun book, and definitely the easiest of all Tolkien's books to read. It shows off what a writer can really do with a fantasy world if they want to. Tolkien is a master of world building, and he’s pretty good with the fantasy races as well. While it’s best not to read this book as your very first fantasy book, it’s still well worth reading.
10. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
How could I end this list without adding one of the most famous fantasy books of all time? This is still one of the best fantasy books out there, and it’s an excellent place for any reader new to fantasy to start. It’s got everything, magic, new worlds, fantasy creatures, an epic quest to stop an evil villain, and even travelling between worlds (which wasn’t cliché back then.) This book is definitely a good place to start.
Which of these books have you read? What book would you recommend to someone who had never read fantasy before? And link my to your Top Ten Tuesday Posts. I'd love to see what books you're recommending this week.