The majority of the books I read fall into one of two categories: Science-Fiction or Fantasy. Both genres offer an escape into a different world, often filled with magic, strange creatures, and interesting characters, and I love it! This post is going to be a list of some books from each category that I would recommend. It has some of my favourite books on it, and even some books I’ve not mentioned on my blog before. I hope this list helps you if you are looking for a new book to read.
Harry Potter: I can’t not mention this series in a fantasy books recommendations post. I think this is the perfect magical series to escape into, especially at the moment. This series holds a lot of fond memories for me, as I’m sure it does for many others. It’s a series I grew up reading, and rereading numerous times, and is one I’ll continue to return to no matter how old I am.
Strange the Dreamer: The writing in this book/duology is beautiful. I listened to the audiobook for this (and it was my first ever audiobook too) and it was gorgeous. The world was written so well and I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s writing from the first page. The characters were excellent, I loved the mix of gods/goddesses and humans.
House of Earth and Blood: I can’t stress how much I loved this book. It’s been nearly 2 months since I read it and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it or talking about it! I’ll link my review here if you want to read my full thoughts, but this book was excellent.
Nevernight: This trilogy very quickly became one of my favourites when I first read it. I found that the first book took me a little while to get into but once I did, I loved it. I love seeing the way the Red Church was run, the different classes the students had to take in order to become trained assassins, and the struggles they faced throughout.
The Priory of the Orange Tree: I’ve still not finished this book but I knew straight away that this would be a book that I’d want to recommend. I love the characters, the plot, the epic-ness. I can see why it was so hyped and so talked about.Please don’t let the page number scare you, I promise it’s worth it. The book is split into parts, which helps to break it up a bit, and there is so much going on that you don’t ever get bored.
A Darker Shade of Magic: If you’ve read any of my posts, follow my Instagram or my twitter, then you’ll know that Victoria Schwab is my favourite author. This trilogy is the one that introduced me to her books. It’s full of magic, adventure and amazing characters, and the 4 Londons are so interesting!
Six of Crows: Another favourite! This duology is action-packed and not really heavy on the fantasy. The magical elements are done really well, and the main characters (The Dregs) are great narrators. At first the multiple perspectives may feel a little daunting at first, but it doesn’t take too long to get used to them.
Red Sister: If you’ve read/enjoyed Nevernight then I reckon you’ll love this book. This is another great book which features an assassin school/training. Nona is a great protagonist and I enjoyed reading about her life in the Convent of Sweet Mercy. This is the start of a series, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequels.
Truthwitch: This is a recent edition to this list as I only read it last month but I really enjoyed it. I’ve never read any books that feature elemental magic, and I loved it! Again, this has a multiple perspective narrative but it is never confusing. There were some great characters in this book and I loved reading Safi and Iseult’s story.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely: This is a Beauty and the Beast re-imagining which is written so well. This is a book that you’ve probably seen all over the internet and I understand the hype. I loved the characters and the relationships they formed.
Illuminae: This was a book that I had heard about for years and had never picked up until I started blogging/bookstagramming. I fell in love with this book/the characters so quickly and the layout of the book! Speaking of the layout, this book is really unique and it does take some getting used to, but I promise it’s worth it. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did, and I’m itching to reread the trilogy.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A classic! I must confess, I didn’t read this before seeing the 2005 film (which, although not the best, is one of my favourite films) but when I did I loved it! This is a series that my dad introduced me to as he enjoyed the radio series. I love the humour of these books and think that the characters are great! I would highly recommend the audiobooks as well; the first one, at least, is narrated by Stephen Fry, and I think he does a brilliant job!
The Hunger Games: Again, this is another very hyped series that I read years ago but I still love it. I no longer have my copies, I don’t know where they went, but I’ll be repurchasing a set soon enough. This I would normally count as dystopian, but seeing as my post is all science fiction and fantasy, I thought it would also fit into the sci-fi category!
Scythe: Again, if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I loved this trilogy! It’s a fast-paced trilogy where a lot happens, and has some great characters. I love Rowan and Citra’s development throughout the series, especially from the first book. Although I didn’t enjoy the third book as much as the first two, I would still recommend the trilogy as a whole.
Aurora Rising: In honour of this book’s sequel being released last week (and I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive) I had to include this epic space opera! This book has so many great characters and so much action! I’m definitely going to have to read a recap before reading Aurora Burning but this book was great! This is another great book from the amazing duo who wrote the Illuminae Files, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
This Savage Song: Another Victoria Schwab book on this list? Are you shocked? This is another amazing book that I don’t think gets talked about enough. I flew through this duology, it was so interesting seeing how the world worked, the monsters that were created by human kind’s unkindness. It was brilliantly done. I loved the dual perspectives as well, both Kate and August were great protagonists.
Red Rising: This is another book that is set in space, but this time the characters are trying to make Mars inhabitable, or so they think. This book was really engaging and I found it interesting reading about the different tiers of society and what people thought of them. Darrow was a great protagonist and I can’t wait to finally continue on with this series.
Good Omens (both sci-fi and fantasy kind of): This is a book that I read because I really wanted to watch the Amazon Prime adaptation. I really enjoyed this book; it was weird and a bit all over the place at times, but everything seemed to tie up nicely in the end. I loved the the friendship between Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphale (an angel) and how they work together for centuries! This is another book that I would recommend the audiobook for, as I think that the narrator did a really good job of keeping the listener entertained.
Ready Player One: I love this book, and I loved the film adaptation. I read this when I was writing my dissertation, over two years ago now, and it was the perfect form of escapism. I loved all of the references throughout the book and I remember not being able to put it down. If you enjoy video games, 80s films, great soundtracks, then I think this book is perfect for you.
Armada: Similarly to Ready Player One, I found this book to be a great form of escapism. This book features videogames and space, two things that I found really interesting to read about. Space ships from a popular videogame, Armada, start appearing in real life, and it is up to the gamers who have been playing this game to save the world. It sounds great, right? This book also has an amazing soundtrack (which is printed in the back of the book, I believe) and I would recommend finding a playlist of the songs mentioned, it’s great to listen to them when reading this.
Warcross: This is another videogame-centred book. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book but I really enjoyed it. Yes, there were some parts that I thought weren’t great, but ultimately I enjoyed the book. I’ve still not read the sequel, but the first book was great. This is another book that is a fairly quick read, but has some cool characters and a good story.
That’s all of the books I could think of for this post at the moment. I’m sure in years to come there will be many more books that I want to add to this list.
Are there any Sci-Fi/Fantasy books that you’d recommend to me that aren’t on this list? Have you read and enjoyed any books from this list? Let me know!