I missed the first Top 5 Wednesday topics of March but that’s all right! At least I’ve caught the second week.
According to Goodreads: “In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!”
Okay this is kind of hard because I really don’t know….
ILLUMINAE & GEMINA | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
It’s so hard to choose which of the Illuminae installments I like best. And quite honestly, I don’t like one more than the either. I thought both stories were excellent. Both had fantastic characters, an engaging plot, tons of entertaining action and humor, romance, and great writing. These two are definitely my favorite YA sci-fi’s, so far.
THE SWORD OF SHANNARA & THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA | Terry Brooks
I read the original Shannara series back when I was in middle school and I kind of read them in lieu of the Harry Potter series. And most days I don’t regret my decision because of these two books, both of which I’ve read multiple times and love equally!
SIX OF CROWS | Leigh Bardugo
I feel like this one is a given. Six of Crows immediately became my favorite YA Fantasy the moment Kaz Brekker and his crew were introduced to me. I loved the concept of this book (it’s a HEIST book, people), the writing, the constant twists and turns, the humor, the darkness, the brutality, the grimness, and above all, the characters. It’s the perfect book.
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY| Sarah J. Maas
Well, here’s the other one. Can’t have a favorite post without Six of Crows AND A Court of Mist and Fury. That would be a sin against YA humanity. This book is an actual masterpiece in the YA universe, not just because of the strength of the writing but also because of the masterful character development and the representation of various (important) topics such as abuse in all forms and PTSD. Such a wonderful book, I tell you.
THE SCORPIO RACES| Maggie Stiefvater
I can’t tell you how much I love this book. I, personally, think it is Maggie Steifvater’s best work. Her writing is so lyrical and her characters are so enchanting in their own way. The mundaneness of the characters’ everyday lives mixed with the dark essence of the magical eich uisce (sea kelpies) coalesces into a story I can easily call one of my all-time favorites.
THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Erin Morgenstern
Because I like to cheat, I’ll also The Night Circus, which is certainly one of my favorite fantasy books of all-time. It’s incredibly magical, both in the magic that is described throughout the story and also in the way that the story is written. I can’t recommend this book enough.