The Bookshelf



"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein

 

(This list includes only those books that I have read and liked; the few rejects were/are removed)
(This - randomly ordered - list is continually updated, the pace of these updates depending on what book I am currently reading and, of course, how long it is)


 The bolded books are those I recommend for beginning readers of Fantasy. (A recommendation based heavily on the fact that, for the most part, they were how I got started.)


  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Book of Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
  • The Noble Warriors by William Nicholson
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Sea of Trolls trilogy by Nancy Farmer
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott
  • The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
  •  Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  Deep Secret and its companion[1] The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud
  •  Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
  •  The Starcatcher Trilogy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  •  The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan
  •  The His Dark Materials trilogy and its companion The Book of Dust trilogy by Philip Pullman
  •  The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Copper
  •  The Belgariad series by David Eddings
  •  The Children of the Lamp series by P.B. Kerr
  •  The Twelve Houses series and its companion Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn
  •  The Chrestomanci Novels by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon
  •  The Chanters of Tremaris trilogy and its sequel-companion The Taste of Lightning by Kate Constable
  •  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine Lengle
  •  A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel The Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Annals of Drakis by Tracy Hickman
  •  The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  •  The Elenium series by David Eddings
  •  Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones
  •  The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
  • The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Seven Kingdoms trilogy by Kristin Cashore
  • The Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Echorium Sequence by Katherine Roberts
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Annals of the Western Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
  • The Whispering Knights by Penelope Lively
  • The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy by Penelope Lively
  • Vows and Honor Trilogy and its companion By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles and its companion series Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
  • The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The De Danann Tales by Michael Scott
  • The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Seraphina series by Rachel Hartman
  • The Golden Key by George Macdonald
  • Song for the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
  • Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
  • East by Edith Pattou
  • The Riddle-Master trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Hero and the Crown and its companion The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Mage Winds Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
  • Tales of the Bard series (also called The Culai Heritage) by Michael Scott
  • The Thessaly Trilogy by Jo Walton
  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
  • In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Dragonworld by Byron Preiss and Michael Reaves
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • The Crown and Court Duet by Sherwood Smith
  • The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
  • The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
  • The Colors of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty


[1] A sequel begins right where another book leaves off. A companion book takes place in the same world but may be about new characters or a different time in that world.

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