5 Popular Fantasy Books I Haven't Read Yet

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Okay, so this post should technically be called "5 Popular Fantasy Books I Haven't Read Yet But Actually Have Sitting on my Bookshelf" but let's face it, that's a bit much, right? For some reason, a few months ago, I started leaning more towards contemporary books rather than fantasy. I was THE biggest fan of the fantasy genre for a long time, but one day I fancied switching things up and picked up a contemporary novel and have since been on a contemporary kick. That's not to say that I won't pick up a fantasy book again, but it does mean that I have a fair few fantasy books sat on my bookshelf waiting for the day I rediscover the genre. I guess this post is kind of like a TBR in the sense that all these books sound AMAZING and I do eventually want to give them a go at some point, but for now, I'm kind of just admiring them from afar.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is a novel that I've seen countless times on Instagram, and it's not hard to see why; the cover is BEAUTIFUL and definitely Insta worthy. But asides from the stunning cover, the story sounds action packed and full of fantasy drama and suspense. It's also one hefty novel and sits at 848 pages, so it's definitely not a light read and one you've got to be prepared to get fully immersed into! I've heard great things about this book and I think it's going to be one of those books that people talk about all the time.

A Curse so Dark & Lonely by Bridget Kemmerer
This is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast and again, I've heard nothing but great things about it. It became super popular again a few months ago when the sequel was released (A Heart so Fierce & Broken). I love fairytale retellings and made a promise to myself last year to read more of them after reading (and loving) House of Salt & Sorrows. I've heard this is a really entertaining read and a classic story with modern facelift. When my fantasy rediscovery eventually kicks in, this is probably the book I'll pick up first, purely because of the fairytale retelling aspect!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is a book that I was super late to the party with, even in terms of just picking it up (for it to sit untouched on my bookshelf for months on end, but still.) The thing with Six of Crows, is that this has a literally hardcore fan base. Those who love this book, LOVE THIS BOOK TO ITS CORE which is kinda scary but also makes me excited to have it in my collection to read one day. I feel like if there's fans THIS dedicated to this book, then there's got to be a valid reason for it. Maybe my expectations are set stupidly high for this book, but I'm okay with that because I know my expectations are high when I eventually pick it up.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is the one that I'm probably the least excited for right now, purely because I've heard the writing style is quite whimsical and magical and that's not what I typically look for in the fantasy genre. Usually I hope for drama, world building, entertainment, suspense and excitement from fantasy books, so the prospect of picking up a fantasy book that's a bit more poetic with the writing style isn't my typical go-to, but that's not to say I won't love it and I'll certainly give it a go at some point!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Another book from Erin Morgenstern! I feel like, who HASN'T heard of The Night Circus at this point?! This book gives me strong Caraval vibes, which I'm not mad at, I read Caraval last year and LOVED it and I think that's why I haven't picked this one up yet. I need to finish off the Caraval series before I jump into something so similar, so whilst this one sounds like everything I'll love, I really, really want to read Legendary and Finale before giving this a go. Maybe I've got it completely wrong and The Night Circus isn't like Caraval at all - do let me know if you've read both and if they're similar or if they're different enough to warrant me picking it up before having finished the Caraval series!

That's it for my the 5 fantasy books that are super popular but I haven't read yet. I've got lots more from this genre that are loved by many, so watch this space for a #2 to this post!


  1. A Curse so Dark and Lonely was just okay for me, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on it! Erin Morgenstern is amazing, though! The Night Circus is an all time favorite. <3 I hope you can get to all these fantasy books soon.

    1. Oh really! That's so interesting to hear! I haven't read anything by Erin Morgenstern yet but I'm hoping to pick one of her books up soon! <3

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