This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:
Books From My Favorite Genre
Favourite genre is a tricky one! Is there any genre I don’t really read?
I ended up going with speculative fiction which is kind of an umbrella genre encompassing a variety like science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, dystopian and more.
So here are my favourites!
The Earthsea series – Ursula K Le Guin
One of the first more serious fantasy books I ever read. It’s such an important book to me that I brought it with me from Singapore to the US. When I was a kid, someone (I wish I knew who!) bought me a copy of The Wizard of Earthsea, the first book in the series. And I read it over and over, not realizing that it was a series. So it was only when I was in…maybe my late teens or so that I read the rest of the books. In fact, because the book I bought was just the first four books, I didn’t read The Other Wind until maybe about 7 years ago.
- The Wizard of Earthsea
- The Tombs of Atuan
- The Farthest Shore
- The Other Wind
The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander
Another series I loved as a kid! But this one is more of a children’s book so I never saw it as more serious ‘fantasy’.
Temeraire series – Naomi Novik
Novik may have become more well-known thanks to her latest books Uprooted and Spinning Silver, but my favourite of hers is still the Temeraire series which I am still very slowly making my way through. There are 9 books in total (I think?) and I’ve read 5 so far. It’s a great setting – the Napoleonic wars but fought with dragons!
The Lady Astronaut series – Mary Robinette Kowal
You may have already read my review of The Calculating Stars but in case you haven’t, this is one fun series (just two books though!) that isn’t set in the future but in a slightly different past. The race to space takes on a different, more significant purpose.
The Inheritance series – NK Jemisin
The world building in this is exceptional. And it was also one of the first few speculative fiction series that was far more diverse than those I used to read. Loved the strong main character and the fascinating world of gods and mortals.
What are some of your favorite speculative fiction reads?