My favourite genres are fantasy and science fiction so as they’re often grouped together, I’m going to do my top 10 favourite SFF books. It’s so hard to pick only ten!
1) Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A McKillip – This is my favourite book. It’s just so enchanting and mysterious, and a little strange, in a good way. It was the first McKillip book I read, and I’m so glad it introduced me to her work because she is one of my favourite authors.
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I usually put Catching Fire on these kind of lists, because it’s my favourite of the trilogy, but I’ve decided to put the first book on this list for a change. The Hunger Games kick-starts the series, and I love it just as much as Catching Fire.
3) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I read this recently and it has catapulted straight into my favourites. The world building is amazing, and I felt so drawn into the story and invested in the characters. I couldn’t put it down.
4) Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – This book isn’t that well known, but it is so good. More people need to read it! Most YA science fiction tends to be dystopia or post-apocalyptic, so it made a change to read one set in space.
5) Blood Red Road by Moira Young – I read this years ago now, but I’d still count it among my favourites. I remember not being able to put it down.
6) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I love Bardugo’s Grishaverse world. So far I’ve only read the Shadow and Bone trilogy, of which the first is my favourite.
7) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – This is such a good and interesting book. Written in diary form, it follows a mentally disabled man who takes part in an experiment to try and increase his intelligence. It’s very thought provoking and moving.
8) Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – I have loved dragons for a long time, and remember getting this book out of the library as a kid. I really want to reread the series, as it’s been such a long time since I last read it.
9) The Young Elites by Marie Lu – What I love about this book is how dark it is. The protagonists arc doesn’t follow the typical arc of a hero, which was really refreshing to read.
10) Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Another one I read quite a long time ago. I devoured this series, and would love to reread them again.