Fantasy Reading

The only reason this whole project isn’t a challenge? Because this list is WAY too long to try and craft a reasonable and conceivable time-table in which to attempt to read it all! Instead, consider this a record as I try to work my way through the 100 science fiction and fantasy titles that (after countless hours googling and Goodreads-ing) I consider part of my own personal ‘canon’ (leaving off arguments about what/how to decide what to put in a canon)! Links to thoughts are provided.

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkein
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein
  4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
  5. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin
  6. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin
  7. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R. Martin
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle) by C.S. Lewis
  9. His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass; The Amber Spyglass; The Subtle Knife) by Philip Pullman
  10. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
  11. Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind
  12. Eragon (Inheritance #1) by Christopher Paolini
  13. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King
  14. The Mists of Avalon (Mists of Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  15. A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  16. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  17. Redwall (Redwall #1) by Brian Jacques
  18. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  19. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  20. Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  21. The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) By Terry Prachett
  22. Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop
  23. The Fionavar Covenant by Guy Gavriel Kay
  24. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
  25. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  26. Alanna: The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
  27. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Claire
  28. Harry Potter(…and the Sorcerer’s Stone; …and the Chamber of Secrets; …and the Prisoner of Azkaban; …and the Goblet of Fire; …and the Order of the Phoenix; …and the Half-Blood Prince; …and the Deathly Hallows) by J.K. Rowling
  29. Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier
  30. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand; The Golem’s Eye; Ptolemy’s Gate) by Jonathan Stroud
  31. Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) by Frank Herbert
  32. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Volume I by Diana Wynne Jones
  33. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libby Bray
  34. Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfield
  35. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Claire
  36. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  37. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  38. Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood #1) by Juliet Marillier
  39. The Immortals by Tamora Pierce
  40. Reckless (Reckless #1) by Cornelia Funke
  41. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  42. The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer #1) by Victoria Hanley
  43. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  44. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  45. 1984 by George Orwell
  46. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  47. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
  48. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery
  49. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  50. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  51. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  52. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  53. Contact by Carl Sagan
  54. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  55. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  56. Ella Enchanged by Gail Carson Levine
  57. Winter Rose (Winter Rose #1) by Patricia A. McKillip
  58. The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Vol. I) by Gail Z. Martin
  59. A Search for the King by Gore Vidal
  60. Gloriana, Or the Unfulfill’d Queen by Michael Moorcock
  61. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  62. The Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga #1) by Mary Stewart
  63. Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  64. Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgaraid #1) by David Eddings
  65. In the Night Garden (The Orphan’s Tales #1) by Catherynne M. Valente
  66. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  67. Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker #1) by Orson Scott Card
  68. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  69. The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
  70. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
  71. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  72. The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
  73. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  74. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  75. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  76. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  77. Little, Big by John Crowley
  78. Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
  79. The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1) by Clare B. Dunkle
  80. A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason
  81. Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
  82. The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
  83. Ringworld by Larry Niven
  84. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
  85. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
  86. Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
  87. Fablehaven (Fablehaven #1) by Brandon Mull
  88. The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
  89. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
  90. Inkheart (Inkheart #1) by Cornelia Funke
  91. The Magician’s Guild (Black Magician Trilogy #1) by Trudi Canavan
  92. The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  93. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  94. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  95. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  96. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  97. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  98. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  99. Lilith by George MacDonald
  100. The Curse of Chalion (Chalion #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold

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