Weekend Reads #62: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours, Book Tag

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. Since I can’t think of anything, I’ve decided to do this tag created by Drew, the Tattooed Book Geek, which asks us to discuss our favorite genre.

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That title is quite a mouthful, but I like it. Here are the rules:

Credit badass Drew cause he created the tag.

Answer the questions.

Tag people.

And now I begin.

What’s your favorite genre?

Fantasy

Specifically young-adult and middle-grade fantasy. I started reading adult fantasy more consistently a few years ago and I love it, but I haven’t yet read many books from that category.

Who’s your favorite author from the genre?

Umm… hard question. I would say J.K. Rowling, but I’ve only read the one fantasy series by her, same too with George R.R. Martin. So, because I’ve read more than one of her series and have enjoyed them all, I choose

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Escapism. I love that it introduces me to new worlds where possibilities are endless because of that awesome thing called magic. To me, fantasy is a hopeful genre because of magic. Magic can be used to destroy a world and vanquish people, but it can also be used to create and heal. No matter how dark a story is, the presence of magic (of that special someone with the untapped ability), hints at the presence of hope.

What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

It was either C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, or Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. I can’t recall which one I discovered first, but when I read them, I was immediately hooked on fantasy and wanted, craved, more. Both stories feature kids using a portal to leave the real world and have adventures in an unknown one filled with endless possibilities.

I read both when I was very young living in Jamaica. I had yet to see snow so in Lewis’s story, it was the mysterious land swathed in snow, as much as the magic and weird creatures, that drew my interest. With Ende’s novel, I was first attracted to the book’s format. There were illustrations at the beginning of each chapter and the text was in different colors, which delighted me. I was even more pleased that I had fun reading the story.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a nonreader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

I enjoy reading young-adult fantasy, but I prefer young-adult fantasy novels from my younger days, which are a bit different from how young-adult fantasy is written now where there’s a strong emphasis on romance. So my recommendations will skew toward older books.

Lioness Rampant

I would recommend Tamora Pierce’s books, of course, because they are wonderful, simple adventure stories that are easy to get through. I think they would be great starts for someone new to reading who would like to build an interest in the books. I’d suggest starting with one of Pierce’s more recent novels first, though her first series, the Song of the Lioness, would be a better place to start. Her writing improves as the books go along so I don’t think the early ones will leave a great impression writing-wise, however the story is great.

The Lost Years of Merlin

If the person is interested in myths and legends, I would recommend the Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron, which is a retelling of the the great wizard’s formative years. I didn’t like the first book much when I first read it, but the series certainly improves as it goes along.

If the person is already a reader and would like to try a young-adult fantasy novel with great writing, I would send them to Robin McKinley, who’s also great at fairy tale retellings. McKinley is a great writer; I love her prose; she’s also great at world building and showing how much the characters are a product of their world and how much the world is influenced and changed by the characters. I would first recommend The Blue Sword, the first book in the Damar duology, because I love how descriptive her prose is in that book. As for one of her fairy tale retellings, I’d recommend Spindle’s End, which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love the world building in that one.

As for more recent young-adult fantasy novels, I’d recommend the Harry Potter books, of course, and the Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman, which is a well-written series about dragons.

For books that would be great introductions to adult fantasy, I’d recommend the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini, which is a young-adult series but the issues it tackles and how it’s written calls to adult fantasy, and the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, which is an adult series but is written in a way that makes it perfect for the young-adult to adult transition.

Why do you read?

To escape. To find hope. To connect. To dream. To rest. To think. To learn. To feel.

Who do I tag?

Rose Read; the Bibliosanctum; Life of a Female Bibliophile; Bookish Underdog; Green Onion Blog

And everyone who sees this post! 😛

What I’m reading this weekend:

Umm… I don’t know yet. I finished most of the bunch I started couple weeks back, but am still working through Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. I haven’t yet returned to Parasites by Rosemary Drisdelle, so I might take a look at it tonight or tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

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18 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #62: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours, Book Tag

  1. Pingback: Book Tag Thursday: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag | Life of a Female Bibliophile

  2. Ah, it’s my creation, out and wild in the book blogger community! 🙂

    Thanks for doing it and some awesome answers! Glad to see Assassin’s Apprentice and Hobb on there!

    You can’t beat fantasy! 🙂

    LoL at “badass” Drew! 🙂

    Ah, you see, the title of the tag is long and there’s a reason and that is because I normally end up partaking in banter with some bloggers (Jill, Anne and lets add Danielle) in their to and it is well known that they like a mouth full! 🙂

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  3. I am so glad to see you did this post! And with fantastic responses 😉 You cannot tope fantasy done right and the true escapism of it all.

    So many great memories with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe & The Neverending Story😆

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  4. Hey, it’s a wet and windy Sunday here, so I’m inside watching thunder clouds crash into the mountains, The thinner clouds are swirling along the range just across the road sinking into the valleys then racing up to swirl around the trees.
    Storms of spring bringing an electric end to this fiery week.

    So this weekend I’ve reread “below the mill dam” from “traffic and discoveries” by rudyard Kipling, and
    “oddly normal” book one by otis frampton.

    Just finished book two of “oddly normal”
    and have book three ready to go.
    But wait!
    The rain has stopped!!
    time for a quick dash,
    Outside,
    Puddle hop my way to the river, say hi,
    to its silvery self,
    Regards to the sea.

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