Get to Know the Fantasy Reader

I saw this Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag over at Way Too Fantasy and thought it would be fun to complete as I’m currently buried in both my reading and gaming backlogs.

This tag was originally created by Bree Hill  as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers.


1. What is your fantasy origin story? (First fantasy novel you ever read?)



I was extremely fortunate growing up in that all of my family members loved to read, so my love of reading was nurtured early on. Trips to the library were one of the most exciting things in my childhood. I definitely read lots of fantasy picture books, but I think my earliest memory of an actual fantasy novel was my older sister reading to me The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.


The earliest fantasy novels I read by myself growing up most likely had to do with unicorns. Fun fact: I was obsessed with unicorns, not dragons, as a child. I even had a unicorn painting on my wall. Shocking, I know. I’d say my first fantasy read was either Into the Land of Unicorns or The Unicorn of Balinor series.


As an adult, the fantasy book that got me into almost exclusively reading fantasy was Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.


2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?


Gosh, I would love to be the heroine in a Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson book. I’m a sucker for the enemies-to-lover trope, so I’d have to insist on that. I’d, of course, love if there were the talking dragons trope too.


3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

Absolutely no one will be surprised by me saying The Priory of the Orange Tree. I think I’ve told everyone with even a mild interest in books about this novel. I also adored The Bone Shard Daughter, which I will be posting a review for very soon. These two reads are definitely my favorites of 2020 so far.


4. What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?


By far my favorite fantasy subgenre is epic or high fantasy. I have read a lot of urban fantasy in the past, but I just don’t love this subgenre as much–probably because I read far too much of it at the time. There’s only so many fresh takes on shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and witches before a girl gets bored.


I have not read a whole lot of grimdark fantasy yet and found I couldn’t get into famous ones like The Blade Itself. 


5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

Book Review : Warbreaker - Blogging with Dragons

Naming three authors because I can never write or answer anything in a small amount of words: Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Rachel Aaron. Rachel Aaron doesn’t get nearly enough love and recognition for her fun stories, quirky characters, and original world-building.


6.  How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram…)

I would say I find most of my books on Goodreads, other blogs, Twitter, or lists from sites like BookRiot. I am definitely not very active on Bookstagram anymore.


7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

The Burning God

I am excited for so many upcoming fantasy releases, in fact, I wrote a whole post about it, but at the top of the list is The Burning God by R.F. Kuang and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

I’ve also already had the pure pleasure of reading The Bone Shard Daughter and am about to dive into Daughter of the Serpentine! I’m also terribly excited for Rhythm of War, but there’s no way I will have caught up on The Stormlight Archive by the time of it’s release. The first step is acceptance….


8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

I think there is a negative stigma when one shares that she reads fantasy novels. Just because I love fantasy novels doesn’t mean they aren’t “real” books or that they don’t have as much merit as other genres. In fact, many fantasy novels could be considered a satire for things like race issues and whatnot. Fantasy novels can bring social issues to light through a subversive and magical lens, and consequently open people’s eyes to real issues in our own world.


Another assumption is that because I prefer fantasy, I have only ever read fantasy, and am not a well-read person. That is not the case, I’ve read a huge amount of classics, literature, and other genres and even majored in English Literary Studies in college. I just prefer the escapism and magic of fantasy.


9. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

All good recommendations depend on the individual person and what type of fantasy book they want to read. Generally though, I tend to recommend Name of the Wind and The Way of Kings right off the bat to those who want to delve into fantasy. I truly believe authors Rothfuss and Sanderson are masters of their craft.

However, for those who love female heroines and some forbidden romance, I would recommend The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.


10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shout out?


The Literary Phoenix


I recently discovered Amber’s The Literary Phoenix and I absolutely adore everything about her magical and fun blog.  Definitely check it out!


The Bookwyrm's Den


I also literally just discovered The Bookwyrm’s Den, from Way Too Fantasy’s own Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag, and it is totally a blog after my own heart. The dragons are so freaking adorable! Plus, I love books and coffee!

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Posted September 4, 2020 in Book Reviews, Tags

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