Top Five Wednesday – Favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Another week, another playlist opportunity missed.

I promise, I have a playlist coming but when I saw that this week was top fantasy and sci-fi reads I knew I had to do it. I’m obsessed and this felt like an opportunity to talk about books that I haven’t had an opportunity to really talk about yet.

Without further ado:


5. The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken

I absolutely love this series. It’s a little older now and Bracken is working on completely different stuff, but I honestly get a bit nostalgic when I think about this series. I had different ideas for how I would have liked for it to end, but it doesn’t change my love for it. Thank you Bracken for giving me this series and the world that came with it.

4. Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Jenn got me to read the Red Rising series by telling me it was like The Hunger Games mixed with inter-galactic warfare. I was skeptical and then, after reading it, I was obsessed. Morning Star is the last book in this trilogy, but I’m excited to see what Brown does with the next set of books that are a spin off of this series.

3. Ender’s Games by Orson Scott Card

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Most Sci-fi fans are big advocates of this book and for good reason. Orson Scott Card makes a hell of a world that his readers can’t get away from. And when we talk about surprise endings I think this one takes the cake. Honestly, Ender’s Game is like the bread and butter of Sci-fi.

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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If only you knew how long I anticipated reading this book. Once I was finally given the ok to read it for our book club I gobbled it down in an afternoon. Garber is a fantastic world builder and even better at making me care for the characters. Honestly, this is hands down the best book I’ve read so far in 2017 and I don’t think it’s going to lose that spot very easily.

1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Vicious is the second book I ever read by Schwab and let me tell you, it blew my mind. I’m referring to this as a fantasy because it’s literally about people gaining super powers. What’s amazing about this book (aside from Schwab’s writing) is how you almost root for the bad guy. It also makes you question, “What is a bad guy, really?!” The world is brilliantly written and I think it’s one of Schwab’s most underrated works.

Have you read any of these? What do you think your top five would be?

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12 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday – Favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy

      1. One of my all time favourites is probably The Light at the End by Skipp and Spector. A very gritty, urban look at the vampire legend. A close second is The Vampire Lestat, followed by Fevre Dream, Sunglasses After Dark and Robert McCammon’s They Thirst. All good books, and all different takes on vampires.

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  1. I also loved, the Darkest Minds series and Ender’s Game. I agree that Caraval is one of the best books so far this year. I have yet to read anything by V.E. Schwab, but I have the first book in the Shades of Magic series on my ipad and plan to read it sometime this year. Good selection of books.

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