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This week’s theme is ‘Books for My Younger Self’, so this week I thought I’d talk about the classic fantasy authors or books I wish I’d read when I was younger that I’d like to now read as an adult!
I know so many readers who discovered the high fantasy genre while they were still in primary school, or managed to get through Tolkien’s prose before they were ten-years-old, but I wasn’t that child. I was very basic, I’m afraid; I loved animal books, I loved Jacqueline Wilson, and I loved Harry Potter. I can’t be that sorry for it, though, because that was what I loved to read at the time, and it’s only really in the past few years I’ve jumped into the world of high fantasy and loved it.
Now unfortunately the list below is a very white list. One of the things I love about fantasy now is how diverse it is, and how much choice there is, but even though these fantasy books don’t necessarily reflect the world as we know it now, they’re still classics of the genre that I’d really like to have under my belt.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I adore the films, but I’ve never been able to get through the books. I’d love to be able to say I’ve read Tolkien, so one of these days I need to prioritise this damn trilogy and read it.
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin: Hi there, I’m your local fantasy fan who’s yet to read any Ursula Le Guin. Please don’t throw me out of the club. I’ve heard enough about this classic fantasy series to know I probably won’t be a big fan of it, but it still feels like a must-read to me.
First Test by Tamora Pierce: Yet another very famous female fantasy author I’ve yet to read. I used to go to the library all the time growing up, but the more I think about it the more I wonder if the libraries were putting books like this in the adult fantasy section where little me wouldn’t go looking for them because I loved the children’s section of the library so much. A work friend recommended this one to me after I mentioned I’m seeking fantasy with aroace protagonists!
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: The Black Cauldron is one of Disney’s most underrated films and I loved it so much growing up, so it’d be nice to give the original series a try.
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr: I’d never heard of this book or this author before until I discovered that Within Temptation wrote a song inspired by it. I love Within Temptation, so I’d like to give this series a try and find out what inspire them so much!
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley: Yet another very famous female fantasy author I’ve yet to read… are you sensing a theme? I’m planning to borrow the audiobook of this from the library; it comes very highly recommended by Natalie @ Too Short to Read and I need to read it for a little project the two of us are working on.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: I know. I have the cheek to call myself a unicorn enthusiast when I haven’t even read the most famous unicorn book of all time. I simply don’t remember coming across this one in the library as a child, which is a real shame.
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan: I don’t really have an excuse when it comes to Trudi Canavan, because I can remember her books being on bookshelves when I was a teenager. Unfortunately I’m a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to fantasy books; I found the genre very intimidating for a long time and had absolutely no idea where to start, which meant I just read a lot of books set on Earth instead. I’d still really like to try this one, though!
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey: This beast of a novel sounds fascinating, but it’s probably a good thing I never came across it and tried it as a child considering it’s a very sexy book. Luckily for me, imyril is hosting a read-a-long for this book this autumn so I’ll finally be able to get to it!
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip: McKillip is yet another fantasy author I’ve heard plenty of good things about, I’ve simply never read any of her work. Considering this book features a heroine whose closest companions are a bunch of animals I’m hoping it’ll speak to the inner child in me who adored animal books.