Top Ten Tuesdays meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the favorite books from the past 3 years.
1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: This will be the 6th reread. The Silmarillion is my lifetime favorite.
2. The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence: This is hands down the best series I’ve read in the last 3 years. I haven’t read Emperor of Thorns yet but Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns are stellar and I’m 110% sure Emperor of Thorns is even better. I’m afraid I will have a bad book hangover after finishing this series.
3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin: I got the worst book hangover after finishing this one. The relentless character butchering was irksome but the world, the grey characters, the plots, the food porn, everything is just amazing.
4. The Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker: This was the second grimdark series I’ve read after Asoiaf. I discovered it on reddit /r/Fantasy after reading a very detailed and awesome review there. The series totally blew my mind with the superior worldbuilding, top notch characterization, amazingly detailed dark setting and the author’s deep wisdom. Reviews of the books are here, here and here.
5. Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore: Ok it’s kind of cheating to list series instead of books but well, I want to include all my favorites. I read this trilogy within the past 3 years and loved it. Never too late to discover the wonders of Drizzt and Artemis Entreri!
6. The Elric Saga Part 1 by Michael Moorcock: I was a bit late to discover this pioneer book (by word of mouth) but I’m so glad I did.
7. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Another great discovery from year 2014. I’ve discovered this one on a Turkish forum, oddly enough. It’s a huge volume but I read it in no time. Rothfuss knows how to tell awesome tales!
8. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: Sequel to The Name of The Wind, this book is just stunning in every aspect.
9. Miss Mabel’s School For Girls by Katie Cross: This is an indie YA dystopian fantasy book I randomly discovered through a writing group I joined and the first indie book I’ve read. I didn’t expect much but it impressed me a lot. It’s professionally edited, the cover design is obviously done by a professional, the characters, the plot twists and the story itself are truly superb. No wonder it became an Amazon #1 best seller in its genre category!
10. Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zelazny: I was a bit late to discover this classic of the fantasy genre and both its originality and the supremely charismatic protagonist left me awestruck.
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