In honor of Sci-Fi/Fantasy week on Goodreads and because I only recently saw this trailer for A Wrinkle In Time, which is one of my all-time favorite stories (and how amazing does it look, btw?) I thought I would list some of my favorite “classic” YA-ish Fantasy stories/series… and some currently on my “to read” list:
My Favorites From My Own Childhood:
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I think this was the first set of books my mother read aloud to me as a child. So… formative to say the least!
- His Dark Materials by Philip K. Pullman – Paradise Lost reimagined as a children’s story.
- A Wrinkle Time (and sequels) by Madeline L’Engle – Did you see the trailer? I am so excited for this! Also, the sequel, A Wind In the Door.
- The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin – I love everything Ursula K. LeGuin writes. Her Sci-Fi (not YA) is amazing but I love the characters and story of Earthsea. My fave is the second of the trilogy, The Tombs of Atuan.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – We are currently reading these aloud to my sons. They are much too young but it’s the most fun my husband and I have had reading in ages.
- The Prydain Chronicles by Llyod Alexander – this might be MG. It’s based on Welsh mythology so it feels like a kids’ version of Lord of the Rings. But Taran Wanderer (the fourth book of five), about Taran (our hero)’s attempts to figure out his place in the world has always resonated with me.
- Westmark by Llyod Alexander – Ok, another Alexander series. Think Anastasia + the French Revolution. Definitely sets the stage for some of today’s most popular YA fantasies. (Because apparently I love the “middle” books best, may I recommend The Kestrel.)
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – because I was obsessed with Greek mythology as a child and then there was Percy!
- Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright **Ok, not a YA (the main character is college-aged and onwards) but this was a fave of mine growing up. A cult classic and an long but interesting story!
Looking for something new-ish (or brand new)? This list came out in February but it has some great selections.
Anyway, happy reading!
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