stepping outside my comfort zone (a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian reading list)
Happy Saturday, friends! So 99% of the time, I read contemporary or historical fiction, which is amazing, but it means I read next to no fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian novels. I often say I don't really like those genres because I don't read enough of them. Consequently, it's remedying time. And today I'm sharing a list of twelve fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian novels that I want to read soon ... (All links go to Goodreads.)
Stars by Colleen Oakes: Firstly, I identify with Peter Pan on the whole not wanting to grow up thing. Secondly, I love Wendy Darling. Thirdly, this the first book of a trilogy! Fourthly, I haven't read a Peter Pan retelling yet and this one, according to the blurb, has Wendy as the main character and keeps the setting of Victorian London, so what better place to start?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I have been hearing so many good things about this Cinderella retelling and the rest of the books in its series, so I have a major case of curiosity. Making me even more curious is the Chinese setting and that it's classified as sci-fi rather than fantasy.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee: THE SNOW QUEEN IS JUST AN AMAZING FAIRYTALE, OKAY? I mean it's kinda creepy and there's snow and the emphasis on friendship? Obviously, this is a must-read for me. Plus the title is a delight to say aloud.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I actually tried to read this a couple of years ago but found it extremely boring. Oops. Anyway, my older sister is a huge Tolkien fan and she convinced me to give it another go; apparently I can't say I'm becoming a fantasy reader without reading something related to Lord of the Rings? But I do think hobbits are insanely cute.
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings: This is one of my best friends' favourite fantasy books and she recommended I read it. I love the sound of it, too, with a seven thousand year history of wars between gods and men and kings, and people discovering the magical history of their world for the first time.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: This just sounds so magical and unique and I really, really hope that when I do read it nothing lets me down. I mean, wouldn't you love to be able to bring story characters to life and then have adventures in story worlds?
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay: Despite the kind of vague blurb, I get the feeling this is going to be a deep middle-grade dystopian novel. It has a foreboding feeling, like everything is not what it seems. Really intrigues me.
Legend by Marie Lu: I came across this a couple of years ago when the author wrote a pep talk for NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program and thought, oh, that looks interesting. (She gave some pretty good advice, too, btw.) It sounds rather suspenseful and political and complicated, and, though my head will probably explode from trying to figure stuff out, I really want to love it.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: I flipped through this right after it came out in an airport newsagent and was tempted to buy it to read on the plane, except, you know, it's kinda huge and things at airports tend towards overpriced, unfortunately. Anyways, it's written by Aussies and I have never seen formatting like that ever before, so call me over intrigued (I'm probably overusing that word? *shrugs*).
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: The blurb promises a world where dragons and humans live side by side and I love that kind of world. And it's kind of a murder mystery, which always makes things even more interesting.
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Call me shallow, but the dress on the cover is half the reason I want to read this book. The other half of the reason is that the fantasy world piques my interest and Kestrel (the main character) has an incredibly beautiful name.
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne: The cover. The title. Need I say more? (Hang on. I always need to say more.) It sounds so enchanting and it's middle-grade fiction, which I have a soft spot for. Also: mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons!
Have you read any of these books? Are there any other's you'd recommend? Are you a big fantasy reading at the best of times, anyways?