Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not totally sure I would be qualified to teach this course, but I’d love to take it.
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Ideally I’d prefer to study The Lord of The Rings, but we’d never finished ten books if we did that.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
This is a few years old now, and provides a nice bridge between Tolkien and more recent works.
- Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Obviously this had a massive impact on YA Fantasy. I prefer some of the later books, but there’s a (very small) chance that some students haven’t read this series before.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I’d be tempted to study Stardust, which is my favourite Gaiman, but this is a great introduction to urban fantasy.
- Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
At this point I think it’s time to look at someone playing with the tropes of fantasy, and no one does that better than Pratchett. Any Discworld novel would work for this, but if I have to cover something in depth I may as well pick one of my favourites.
- Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
This would be our first foray into some darker fantasy, and has the added bonus of demonstrating everything that’s wrong with Twilight.
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Partly I’d want to talk about constructing fantasy worlds and integrating back story in a non-clunky way, but mostly I just love this book.
- The Owl Service by Alan Garner
This is a nice eerie atmospheric one, bordering on magical realism.
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
More beautiful world building, but in a totally different style. This would also be a good point to compare the magic systems of the books we’d studied.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This isn’t itself a fantasy book, but it’s a great look at the impact YA fantasy has on people, particularly actual those who are actually young adults, and it also looks at how the internet is changing the relationship between authors and readers, which seems like a good thing to think about at the end of the course.
Please forgive me if this post is gobbledegook, I’ve worked 8.5 hours today.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. After some thought, I decided to ignore authors I was done with before I was 15. Because yes, I have read the basically the entire backlist of Jacqueline Wilson up to about 2005, but that tells you nothing about my reading tastes in 2015. You will notice, however, that I haven’t actually entirely stopped reading childrens’ books. Some authors just continue to blow me away. Also, this list surprised me a lot. At least 75% of what I read currently is YA, but you’d never guess that from this weird mixture of people who write for adults and people who write for 12 year-olds.
- Terry Pratchett (20)
- Neil Gaiman (14)
- Hilary McKay (11)
- Malorie Blackman (10)
- J. K. Rowling (10)
- Philip Pullman (9)
- L. M. Montgomery (9)
- Philippa Gregory (6)
- Kate Atkinson (6)
- Bill Bryson (6)
Before you look at the haul below, I’d like to make a couple of points:
1) It’s not kind to judge;
2) There are worse things to be addicted to than books;
3) I fully intend to read every one of these.
You’re judging me, aren’t you? Well, I don’t care. I have books.
I’m not going to write in detail about every one of these, because there are So. Freaking. Many. I shall just list them, and put GoodReads links in their titles if you’re intrigued.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Every Day by David Levithan
The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and The Kill Order by James Dashner
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym)
These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassanda Clare
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Guys… I have a problem.