Reading is more than the textbooks we’re forced to read in school. Reading can bring you more in touch with yourself and can give you an escape from the things that are overwhelming you in life. It can be overwhelming, however, to find the genre and type of book that fits best with what you want. Play around with different genres, whether it’s science fiction or historical non-fiction.
Fantasy is a wonderful way to escape because you are reading about a world completely different than the one you’re in. From magical assassins to empowering queens, there is something for any taste. There have been so many good fantasy series that have transcended time—Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia. If you’re looking for more recent series, check out five of the most popular fantasy book series from this past decade.
Popular Fantasy Book Series
The Bitterbynde Trilogy
Memory loss and self-discovery line the pages of this trilogy. When a mute woman wakes up with no memory she wants to figure out her past and she goes on a journey to understand the past she forgot. The trilogy goes along with her on her discovery
One of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years, The Magicians takes readers on Quentin Coldwater’s adventure. Recently and unexpectedly admitted to an elite—secret—college of magic, a once promising fantasy turns into a dangerous rabbit hole.
The Stormlight Archives Series
In the world of stone and storms called Roshar, ordinary men are turned into near-invincible warriors. Taking aspects of Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, this is an epic fantasy series filled with men and women vying for power and trying to survive the turmoil of life.
A Song of Ice and Fire
George R.R. Martin
The Game of Thrones series is the fantasy series everyone talks about. The gold standard for modern epic fantasy, Martin has created a world that is so rich and vital it could seem as though it was in our history. Taking place on the continents of Westeros and Essos, the novels change point of view in each chapter, giving readers a full look at the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Follow Jorg Ancrath and his band of outlaws as they maneuver through a world of chaos and violence where they are feared by everyone—living and dead. Now that he has become the Prince of Thorns, Jorg must return to his father’s castle and confront his horrific past and claim a place for himself in a world where everyone is against him.
If you’re already a fantasy lover, or find you thoroughly enjoy the world fantasy puts you in as a new reader, take a look at websites like Goodreads. These sites will give you updates on new books and massive lists of books by genre.