Today when I pulled up my Youtube subscription box and saw that Sam from Thoughts on Tomes posted a Get to Know the Fantasy Reader TAG I knew that I had to do it. Unlike most fantasy readers I fell in love with the genre much later in life. Of course I read Harry Potter, but all through middle and high school I read a lot of mainstream contemporary and romance novels, along with the bestselling mysteries and thrillers. Fantasy came into my life about 3 years ago when I discovered Booktube and I haven’t looked back since. Make sure you leave your answers to the questions below, or tag me if you do this tag!
What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel)
In 2016/2017 I fell down a Booktube and Bookstagram rabbit hole. I ton of my new friends were recommending me a bunch of YA Fantasy books, so I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas I fell in love with the fae world and couldn’t get enough. After reading the first two books I remember googling “Fantasy Books” and stumbled upon The Magicians by: Lev Grossman and I never looked back. I put all of my Nicholas Sparks books up on a shelf and immersed myself into the world of adult fantasy.
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?
I for sure would want Lev Grossman to write me into a college/school setting.
What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
I am SO EXCITED for everyone to read The Kingdom of Liars by:Nick Martell I recently read it and really enjoyed it. I think it will be a good one to discuss within the community.
What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
I love a lot of epic fantasy, as well as sword and sorcery fantasy! I do not read a ton of urban fantasy.
Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
Sarah J. Maas is definitely an auto-buy fantasy author. (I know, I know, I know) Lev Grossman and Nicholas Eames are also auto-buys for me!
How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
Instagram, Goodreads, and Youtube are my main platforms for finding fantasy recommendations. I have a good handful of people that I trust and follow closely for all of my fantasy news and recommendations.
What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
I am SO EXCITED for A Chorus of Fire by: Brian D. Anderson. It is the second book in The Sorcerer’s Song series and after reading the first book I am excited for it to continue. It is set to release in August of this year. I currently have an ARC on Netgalley, but I am trying to hold out until closer to release so that I don’t have a painfully long wait for book #3.
What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
THERE IS NO REQUIRED READING LIST TO BE CONSIDERED A FANTASY READER/FAN. The fantasy genre is full of gatekeeping and telling people they are not a fantasy fan unless they have read the “classic” fantasy. You can still be a fantasy reading without having read Lord of the Rings. You can still be a fantasy reader without having read Wheel of Time. You can still be a fantasy fan without having read Robin Hobb.
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?
Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson
Kings of the Wyld by: Nicholas Eames
Foundryside by: Robert Jackson Bennett
Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I recently found the blog Realms of My Mind and I think that you should all go over and show them some love!