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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don't care if you don't like fantasy; you have to read these, or at least read The Hobbit. I know they're long and they can be hard to get through, but they are so incredibly worth it! Besides, they're classics.
The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
I could (and have) write an entire post about why I obsess over the Tales of Goldstone Wood. They're beautiful, amazing, and most of all, inspiring like no other books I've read. Though they're fantasy, the Tales remind me of the truth: there's more to life than what we see, and that each person is meant for more than just this world.
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
These books are absolutely mind-blowing. Mystery upon mystery builds up- and the answer to each mystery brings a new plot twist that makes you think "Oh my goodness; did that really just happen?" Even the smallest details can turn out to be incredibly important later on. They are a bit on the dark side, particularly the second and third books, so I'd recommend them for older or more mature readers.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Sci-fi and fairy tale remakes, when done right, are both pretty awesome on their own. Put them together and it just gets better. The Lunar Chronicles are very exciting, fun to read, and take a really unique twist on stories I love.
Dragons In Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and The Children of the Bard series by Bryan DavisYou cannot read just one of these series. You can't. They just get better as they go on. From the first book to the last, each of these masterfully mixes awesome adventures with powerful faith-building themes. King Arthur legends are woven through the first series, and of course, there's the dragons (who are awesome). As a note, that's my personal collection in the picture, which is why The Seventh Door is an ARC instead of the pretty final version.
The Sky Riders by Christopher Hopper
Christopher Hopper is an amazing author, and this is my favorite of his books. The twists and turns of the plot keep you on the edge of your seat, but don't distract from the deeper themes. I also love the steampunk setting; it really sets this book apart from others I've read.
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
This book is super fun. It has a nice fairy-tale feel, and I can't help laughing whenever I read it.
So, have you read everything on my list? What are your must-read books? Please tell me in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)