Top Ten Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books (That I've Ever Read)

Hello everyone and welcome back! Today we are going to be discussing the top ten fantasy and science-fiction books I have ever read. Fantasy & sci-fi is one of my favorite genre's so I'm super excited about this post! Please keep in mind that these aren’t in any specific order. Let's get started...


Some Disclaimers:

  • These are just my opinions!

  • There are so so so many books out there that fit in this genre/category, and a lot of them I haven’t read! This is just a collection of the ones I have read, and loved.


1. Cinder - Marissa Meyer

This is a futuristic retelling and reimagining of “Cinderella”.

This is actually the first science fiction book I ever read, and it was a great way to introduce myself to the genre. This was such a fun read, and a good time. It was a really quick read too! I definitely recommend picking this one up.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer | Goodreads





2. To Kill A Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

This book is a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” where the mermaid (Ariel) is actually a siren and the prince is a siren hunter.


So, essentially, they are hunting each other. It’s forced proximity, pirates and a really developed world. I loved it! You can read my full thoughts below.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo | Goodreads

To Kill a Kingdom: Review & Thoughts (shesreading.blog)




3. Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire follows Lei in a world where there are castes that divide society, and she is in the lowest one, paper. Each year, eight girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king, Lei is selected as a ninth paper girl this year. There, she does the unthinkable -- she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life.


This book was so good!! The world building, characters, just all of it. It was amazing! I definitely recommend it.It’s also a finished trilogy!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan | Goodreads


4. The Winner’s Curse - Marie Rutkoski

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel, daughter of a well known general, has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. Not only does she begin to love him, But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

I read this is one sitting. I absolutely love Marie Rutkoski’s writing. The worldbuilding and plot was so developed and immersive. I fell in love with the characters, and oh my goodness the plot twist??!! Crazy..

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski | Goodreads



5. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into a new world with a vengeance.


This book was honestly so much fun, and the world that I was immersed in was crazy, but still so much fun. There are also so many books by this author in the shadowhunter universe following many characters, entwining their stories together. She’s honestly a genius and this series is my favorite so far, and even though it’s 6 books long I HIGHLY recommend it.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare | Goodreads



6. The Selection - Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. The Selection follows America Singer as she navigates this competition.


I’m sure you’ve heard of this book, as it has over 1 million ratings on goodreads, but I am still going to talk about it. I flew through this book, and the other two books in the series. It was sooo good and the romance was just chef’s kiss. If for some reason, you haven’t picked this up, you definitely should. You can read my review

The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass | Goodreads

Reviewing: The Selection by Kiera Cass (shesreading.blog)



7. A Deal With The Elf King - Elise Kova

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen. This time the Elf King comes for Luella.


I loved this book!! The story was well thought out, organized and magical in all the right ways. The story pulled on tales such as Hades & Persephone and Beauty & The Beast and related it to a new fantasy world. Between the slow-burn fantasy romance and the bittersweet happily ever after this story touched my heart. You can read my full review below.


A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic, #1) by Elise Kova | Goodreads

Reviewing: A Deal With The Elf King by Elise Kova (shesreading.blog)



8. All Our Hidden Gifts - Caroline O’Donoghue

After Maeve finds a pack of tarot cards while cleaning out a closet during her in-school suspension, she quickly becomes the most sought-after diviner at St. Bernadette’s Catholic school. But when Maeve’s ex–best friend, Lily, draws an unsettling card called The Housekeeper that Maeve has never seen before, the session devolves into a heated argument that ends with Maeve wishing aloud that Lily would disappear. When Lily isn’t at school the next Monday, Maeve learns her ex-friend has vanished without a trace.


Soo, this book is an urban fantasy, and it is so good!! Not only does it have LGBTQ+ representation but it has witches, magic and amazing characters, but it’s set in Ireland! I love reading books set in unique places, so this was a fun time.


All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue | Goodreads



9. The Hunger Games - Suzanna Collins

Do I really need to elaborate?

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins | Goodreads













10. Any Rick Riordan Book

Rick Riordan writes books that incorporate many types of mythology. (Greek, Norse, etc.)


His book’s got me into reading, and I honestly just will always have a place in my heart for his books. All the love to him and his books!

Rick Riordan (Author of The Lightning Thief) | Goodreads




Alright everyone! Thank you so much for reading and make sure to comment on your favorite books from this genre.


Xoxo,

Opal


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