This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books from your favourite genre. My favourite genre is without a doubt Fantasy; high fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy and every other sub-genre of fantasy that there is out there! I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 books so I decided to restrict my list to just fantasy books I’ve read in 2019! I have talked about a lot of these books multiple times on my blog now so I’m not going to go into any details about why, just know that I love each and every one of these books and would 100% recommend them all!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
Nevermoor & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I have officially finished my reread of the Harry Potter series! I wrapped up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last week and I just have to say again that I have LOVED my reread of this series. It has been probably 4-5 years since I read through the whole thing and it seems like every time something new jumps out at me. The Deathly Hallows is by far my favourite book of the series, its the book I think I have reread the most and I don’t think I will ever get sick of it! The way that the story comes together and the epic conclusion was just purely magical. All of the twists and turns and obstacles that Harry, Ron and Hermione have to deal with on their hunt for the Horcruxes, the build up of tension, the most incredible plot twist ever with Snape, my mind was absolutely blown the first time I read this book. I think I definitely have to do a reread of this series at least once every year! I love it so much and it has really put me in a great reading mood!
This month I finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I am actually already about 100 pages into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! I told myself I would wait until next month to start it but I couldn’t help myself…
Ah, the Half Blood Prince is a tricky one for me. One I love how this book advances the storyline whilst looking back through Lord Voldemort’s history. I think the lessons between Harry and Dumbledore are some of my favourite scenes in the series. Especially how much information we are being fed whilst still being in the realm of unknown. But again, the ending just kills me every time I read it. The first time I read the Half Blood Prince I actually had to put the book down and didn’t come back to it for a few days to finish it; definitely a few tears involved!
Dumbledore was always so integral to the overall plot line and a constant throughout the series that I almost didn’t think I could finish the series without him there. Spoiler the Deathly Hallows is without a doubt my favourite book of the series so I am glad I continued. This book is just a little bittersweet but also necessary, it just wouldn’t be the Harry Potter series if these events didn’t happen. I’m going to try and pace out my read of the Deathly Hallows and appreciate every sentence!
I am very proud of my progress this month! As I said I have been on holidays in February so I did have more than enough time for reading but I tried not to let it take over my holidays. I did enjoy myself and have a bit of a break from reading throughout the month but I did still manage to get quite a bit done!
HP and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️3/5 stars
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – ⭐️4/5 stars
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – ⭐️4/5 stars
Always & Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – ⭐️4/5 stars
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson – ⭐️5/5 stars
Earlier this month I completed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! I really enjoyed my reread of this book in particular. I think as the series progresses they books just continue to showcase how complex the plot is and how engaging and charming all of the characters are. The Goblet of Fire is among one of my favourites and I am still loving my experience rereading this series. I love the introduction of the students from the different schools and how they contrast to the students at Hogwarts. It really helps to expand upon the magical community and broaden the scope of the books. The way J.K Rowling introduces all the new characters and incorporates them all so organically into the storyline and makes all the elements come together are just spectacular and I was once again swept away into this magical world!