The topic of today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre.
We’re doing fantasy today, because I’ve come to realize that I no longer really read in the genre I write in. There’s lots of reasons why, but I feel like I’ve missed some big ones along the way. Also I’ve decided to change this to authors instead of specific books, because I don’t necessarily know where to start.
1. Patrick Rothfuss (I mean, I hear good things, but I just haven’t been hooked.)
2. Robert Jordan (that Wheel of Time. Yeesh. That would probably take me the better part of a year.)
3. Brandon Sanderson (been sitting patiently on my ereader for a while now)
4. Mark Lawrence (another one where I hear good things but remain unhooked)
5. China Mieville (Mieville is one I’m super intimidated by)
6. Piers Anthony (this feels like a notable omission because I am from Florida)
7. Anne McCaffery (I know Pern is science fiction. Shush.)
8. Catherynne M. Valente (I’ve heard AMAZING things, but frankly I just don’t know where to start.)
9. Mercedes Lackey (It completely baffles me how I made it out of high school without ever once picking up one of Lackey’s frosting-pink girly looking books)
10. Robin McKinley (Ditto.)
So for the most part, I think this list is because fantasy feels like a boys’ club, more so than it did when I was in high school. (Despite the fact that this list is actually pretty evenly split). Everything in the genre feels same-y to me right now, even if that’s not the actual case. I also read a ton of speculative short fiction, so maybe that’s burned me out for longer works.
Any recommendations on where to start?