Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Book of X Genre.” As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I couldn’t help but list my favorite science fiction / fantasy series of all time. Many of these I talk about a lot, and should come as a surprise. So much so that I almost changed my topic. However, how could I turn down a chance to promote my favs? So without further ado, here are my top ten “All Time Favorite Science Fiction / Fantasy Series.”
1.) A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
This epic fantasy series is so detailed that it reads like a real place. The characters are complex and multi-dimensional. Even the ones you love to hate (or just hate) have layer upon layers that make them more than just your average villain.
2.) Dune by Frank Herbert
This six book series is deeper than your average space opera. It begins with a messiah story of a young man prophesied to save a race of people from the Empire. As the story continues, centuries pass and readers get thrust deeper into the political intrigue. I’ll confess that I began to get lost after the third book once I realized this story was deeper than what I originally believed. I’ve been dying to revisit the story with new eyes to see if I can pick apart the overall theme of the story, but it’s a daunting task. However, this is one series I think all fans of science fiction and fantasy need to read at least once.
3.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This is a series I recently discovered after hearing many bloggers sing its praises. I’m glad I did. This isn’t just the story of a young girl with special skills out to save an empire. Instead it’s a huge epic story of a people fighting against evil. While Aelin is the main character, she’s just one of the many important characters that make this world so well written.
4.) Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
This series was marketed as a YA version of Game of Thrones, and it’s the closest to that description of all the books proclaimed to be the second coming. Pierce Brown’s trilogy of a young man born from nothing rising up to end the dystopian society he lives in, in hopes to create a better world is a thrilling series that’s hard to put down.
5.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I never heard of this series until I learned it was going to be adapted into a television series. So a year before the premiere I devoured everything in this series. From the main books, to the novellas, and even the Lord John Grey Mysteries. So hooked I was on these characters and their adventures, that I never wanted to let them go.
6.) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I almost didn’t include this series, because I’m sure it’ll be on a lot of lists, but how could I not? It’s the series that made me get hooked back on reading after a bit of a dry spell of only reading a handful of books in a year. For someone who reads s couple books a week, that’s a huge change. Even though I was an adult when I first read this series, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
7.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I bought this series in the midst of my discovering Harry Potter, but didn’t read it until almost three years after I bought it. Once I did, I was hooked. So it’s no wonder I ended up hooked on the spin-off series as well.
8.) The Mortal Instruments / The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Here’s a series where I actually like the spin-off series more, and that’s saying something. Don’t let a failed film, and a badly acted tv series put you off. This series is epic! Spanning hundreds of years, readers get a glimpse at this hidden world, and the often unseen dangers that lurk around each and every corner.
9.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The cover of Cinder is what first sucked me in, but I’m glad I gave this series a chance. This fairy tale reimagining is so unique, well thought out, and fun that I essentially devoured it. Good thing I didn’t begin it until Winter was about to be released.
10.) Gone by Michael Grant
This is another series I’ve had my eye on for a long while before I finally gave it a try. This fantasy series about a group of kids who find themselves suddenly on their own as weird things begin to happen to them is gripping, suspenseful, and at times terrifying. A must-read for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and even horror.