This is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Pretty much speaks for itself, I’d say. First book of the (in my opinion) best series ever written.
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I talk about this book on a regular basis…you guys know how much I love it! It is an epic fantasy novel with YA crossover appeal.
3. Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. One of my favorite authors: all her books are fantastic. This is an adult historical fiction novel, and the first of a trilogy.
4. Soulless by Gail Carriger. This series is awesome. Historical, paranormal. steampunk, humor and parasols.
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This series has a pretty large following, and supposedly a movie in the works. Adult historical fiction with a fantasy/time-travel element. Super intense storyline.
6. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I think Kristin Cashore is pretty much the best of the best in the YA fantasy world. I absolutely can’t wait for her third book – and then everything else she writes after it!
7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I’ve talked a lot about this book on the blog also, it was definitely my favorite book of 2010. If you’re a contemporary fan and you haven’t picked this up…you have no idea what you’re missing!
8. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. A very original epic fantasy debut. There are other books out in the series that I really need to get to soon. This book was absolutely hilarious and well-written and action-packed. My goal is to get April at Good Books & Good Wine to read it ASAP.
9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve enjoyed everything she has written since, but this is definitely – by far – the best. I loved the characters and the story, and the original world-building.
10. Kushiel’s Dart by Jaqueline Carey. An adult fantasy series not for the faint of heart. I’m not much of one for putting “not for kids” labels on things…but this is the one book I will say is definitely for older readers. It is also very much a “love it or hate it” book. I fell in love with the story and the characters hook, line and sinker. I have re-read it more than once and love it every time.