T5W: My Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books


It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.

As most of you probably know by now, fantasy is my favorite genre. I don’t read all that much sci-fi, though. That makes this post both easier and more difficult for me to compose, as I have so many favorite fantasy books to choose from. I’ll be leaving out Harry Potter from this list like I usually do because it’s way too obvious of an answer (especially for this topic). Now, let’s get right on into it!

  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard. This is a more recent read for me and it was amazing! It was such a fun fantasy read that I would recommend any fantasy lover. Read my spoiler-free review by clicking on the book title.
  • An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir. I remember loving this book so much, but it’s been a while since I’ve read it, and I haven’t read the sequel yet. I believe it’s based on Roman mythology or something like that, correct me if I’m wrong.
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer. I haven’t finished this series yet, but the next book I need to read (Cress) seems to be everybody’s favorite book in the series so I’m excited for it. This is a sci-fi book with spins on some of your favorite fairy tales.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book (and the next one) are both standalones, which is pretty rare in the genre. If you follow my blog, then you should know by now how much I freaking love this book. It’s due a re-read because it’s one of my all-time favorites.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir. This book isn’t very heavy on the fiction aspect (as in there aren’t any aliens or robots) but it’s still a wonderful sci-fi read. It’s a bit heavy on the science so I wouldn’t recommend it to a newbie to the genre, but it’s a wonderful book nonetheless (the movie’s great as well).

Honorable Mentions:

Since fantasy is my favorite genre, I couldn’t resist adding an honorable mentions category.

  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin. The first ever high fantasy book I’ve read.
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. A great little story about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins of Bag End discovering what it’s like to go on an unexpected adventure!
  • A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray. A story about a girl chasing the person who killed her father through different dimensions.
  • The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu. I never got to actually writing a review for this one, but it’s a book following an anti-hero who struggles with the darkness within her.

So that was this week’s T5W! I hope you enjoyed it and possibly have some new fantasy and sci-fi books added to your TBR! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!


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11 thoughts on “T5W: My Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

  1. I love Cinder, An Ember In The Ashes and The Martian! I haven’t yet read the other two, but I’m planning on reading the Night Circus soon! 🙂
    The Lunar Chronicles is my favourite series! I love it so much, I hope you do too!

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  2. I really need to read Truthwitch soon, especially as Windwitch is already out! I hope you enjoy the Lunar Chronicles, they’re all really good, but I liked the second half of the series’ especially! 🙂

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    1. I need to purchase Windwitch and read it so I can read the next one, Bloodwitch, when it comes out. I can’t wait to continue on with TLC


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