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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

March 12th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is Top 10 Genre Books (pick the genre you want)

I debated on which genre to choose since I love my dystopians, post-apocalyptics, romances, etc.  It was so hard to choose just one.  I know a lot of people will probably be covering the best dystopians and YA books so I decide to go with sci-fi and fantasy books.  Just as a heads up it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a sci-fi/fantasy picks so these are a little older but I hope you will check them out and if you liked them then I would love suggestions on more recent books that are along the same lines.

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: when people ask me for science-fiction book suggestions this one always tops my list.  So far everyone I’ve mentioned it to has loved it which has only happened with one other book, The Hunger Games.  It’s an older title but I highly suggest it.  Such an awesome read!

2. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: I had this book sitting on my shelf for years and even though everyone raved about it I just never got a chance to read it until earlier this year.  I worried about being disappointed after all the hype but it really was as good as everyone said.

3. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder: Yes, another Maria V. Snyder book.  This is her latest series and I absolutely adored this book!  Really none of Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy books have disappointed me (although I wasn’t a huge fan of her dystopian book, Inside Out).

4.By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey

By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey: Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books were one of the first fantasy series I read.  This was the first book I picked up by her and I was hooked.  I literally read it so many times my first copy fell apart and I had to buy a new copy.

5. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey: I could easily fill up my top ten with just her older Valdemar books but I restrained myself.  This trilogy was probably my next favorite of her books.

6. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings is book 1 in The Belgariad series: this was another of the early fantasy series I read and got hooked on thanks to my older brothers.  I devoured them and then moved onto the Mallorean series.

7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: I read the first 3 books in this series years ago and loved them!  My only problem was George R.R. Martin took forever to come out with each book.  It killed me waiting plus the books are so long and so much goes on I found I had to keep re-reading them whenever a new one came out. I finally gave up and am now waiting for the series to be complete so I can read them all in a row.  I have not see the Game of Thrones TV show but I highly recommend this book series!

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Krisen Cashore: this was another one of those books that sat on my shelf for ages despite the glowing reviews.  I finally read it as well this year and loved it.

9. Bunch of other books I really enjoyed growing up from: C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey (Dragonrider’s of Pern series), Piers Anthony’s Xanth series, Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time

10. So there are a bunch of other sci-fi/fantasy authors I really want to read and have not had a chance to get to: Ursula Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, Guy Gavriel Kay and Jules Verne.

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17 Responses

  1. Amanda @ Reading For a Living

    I freaking loved Graceling! Such a great book. And I have Poison Study sitting on the shelf… really need to get around to it!

    Here’s my top ten!

  2. Jussy Who

    Hi there :) just popping in…
    I’ve heard great things about Graceling, you obviously enjoyed it as well :)

    I’m also your newest follower :) Here is my choice…

    Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Mary-Sweet Bookshelf

    As I was making my way down your list I kept thinking,”Where is Anne McCaffrey?” There she is at the end! Yay!!

    I really liked a middle grade fantasy by Brandon Mull, Fablehaven. Brilliant! It is like CS Lewis and RK Rowling rolled into one. Uber cool!

  4. Tara

    I agree with so many of these on your list – it’s so nice to see someone else who enjoys fantasy novels!

  5. Karen

    Fantastic list of sci fi and fantasy books. I am taking part in a sci fi challenge this year and I plan that one of those books will be Enders Game. Shocking I haven’t read it considering it’s on almost everyone’s top ten when it comes to sci fi.

  6. Ange/Libby Blog (@marmaladelibby)

    Ender’s Games is actually taught at our high school in the Pop. Lit class! Graceling is great and Fire that you’re reading now is literally my 2nd favorite book ever! It’s phenomenal! Check out our Top 10 this week!

  7. Lori

    I’m planning on reading Ender’s Game soon. I can’t wait! Graceling is one of my most favorite books ever. Great list.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    Great list. I used to read nothing but sci fi and fantasy when I was younger. One of the most memorable was Sandkings. I’ve always wondered if it would hold up in a present-day read.

    Here’s my
    Top Ten Books That Take Place in Paris.
    I’d love to have you stop by!

  9. Alyssa

    I love me some Mercedes Lackey! Great list! Here is my Top Ten

  10. Jessica

    Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books! Great list!

    (new follower)

  11. Bibliotropic

    Yay, another Valdemar fan! We should all unite and take over the world!

    (I wasn’t as keen on “By The Sword” as I was on some of her other books in the Valdemar series, but even I can’t deny that it was a good story!)

  12. April Books & Wine

    YES! To the whole list — I mean, all of the ones I’ve read.

    I really need to read Mercedes Lackey for the first time. Seems like a ton of people love her books.

  13. Karis (YA Litwit)

    I loved Touch of Power and Graceling is one of my all-time favorite books! Great picks!

    Check out YA Litwit’s Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings and my GIVEAWAY!

  14. Becca @ Lost in Thought

    Great list. I have a few David Eddings books on my wishlist but haven’t got round to buying them yet. I need to look up a few of these authors though as I love fantasy.

    Here’s my top ten fantasy list :)
    New follower also!
    http://lostinthought-becca.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-fantasy-novels.html

  15. Book Nook Girl

    I totally loved “Graceling”, have you read “Fire” ?
    Here’s my list;
    http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-1.html

  16. Debbie's World of Books

    Mary-lol. Couldn’t leave out Anne McCaffrey. I’ve been meaning to check out Fablehaven too. I’ve heard good things about it.

    Tara-yes, I love sci-fi/fantasy and miss reading them. I really need to get back to my to read list for these.

    Karen-I hope you enjoy Ender’s Game. I saw it’s coming out as a movie as well.

    Ange/Libby-that is so cool! I would love to take a class where that is part of the reading assignments.

    Lori-I especially loved Po :)

    Deb-I’ve never heard of Sandkings. I’ll have to check it out.

    Alyssa-isn’t she great? :) Though I haven’t been a huge fan of her newer Valdemar books.

    Jessica-thanks for the follow!

    Bibliotropic-lol. It was hard to pick just two from her Valdemar books. I loved almost all of them.

    April-you definitely should check her out. I prefer her older books.

    Becca-I really should go back and read David Eddings again. I remember not being able to put them down.

    Book Nook Girl-I started reading Fire and then someone said I might be disappointed reading them back to back so took a break and plan on reading Fire soon.

  17. Kailana

    Oh, how fun! I really need to read more Lackey and get around to Eddings.

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