In case you aren’t familiar with T5W, it’s this great community on Goodreads created by Youtube book blogger Gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Every month group members are given topics for every Wednesday of that month to discuss on their respective platforms (blog, vlog, etc).
I’m extremely excited about this week’s T5W for two reasons: One, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy and, two, it’s my first T5W in a couple of weeks. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
The Harry Potter Series
By J. K. Rowling
If you didn’t see this coming, then you don’t know me very well, ha! Harry Potter is, aside from being my favorite fantasy series, my favorite series in general. If you told me that I could only read Harry Potter for the rest of my life, I would be 100% okay with that. I do annual rereads and each and every time the series gets better and better.
Moreover, Harry Potter shaped who I am. I would absolutely be a different person without it. AND HP was also the series that got me into read sic-fi and fantasy. Before that, I read things like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Babysitters Club, and the Little House books. Harry Potter was my first encounter with magic and fantasy (at the tender age of 8) and I have not turned back. I figure that makes it deserve the number one spot on my list.
The His Dark Materials Trilogy
By Philip Pullman
This trilogy was one of the first I encountered in the years after I became a Harry Potter fan. To be quite honest, I heard about the series BECAUSE of Harry Potter. The HP movies had started to come out and I was reading, I think, a Movie Magic magazine article about the stars’ favorite books. Emma Watson named this series as her favorite outside of Harry Potter. Being a huge Hermione fan and grasping at every recommendation I could find, I went to my local library and checked all of them out. This had to have been in 2001 or thereabouts because all three books were out but I was the first to check out the third one.
I was immediately enraptured by Lyra’s story and the world that Pullman had created. I would go on to create multiple school projects throughout the years based on the series (we had one program in middle school where you chose a book or series and did a bunch of stuff pertaining to it). I even created my own alethiometer which was unfortunately destroyed when a teacher alleged that I had brought a tin of tobacco (it was an empty altoids can but whatever). Either way, when I found out a few weeks ago that we would finally, FINALLY, get more of Lyra’s world later this year, I was absolutely ecstatic!
The Darren Shan Saga
By Darren Shan
This was another series of books that I got from the same Movie Magic article featuring the Harry Potter actors. This time, it was Tom Felton who made the recommendation. I was reading Goosebumps and Fear Street books at this age and actually liked the horror genre so this seemed like something I would enjoy. I zoomed through the books that had been published at that time and waited quite impatiently for the remaining ones to be published.
So far, I have found only one person who had also read the books: my dear co-blogger Dawn! We found out in college that, in addition to being major HP fans, we had both read these books and we knew we would become great friends!
By J.R.R. Tolkien
I first read The Hobbit in 6th grade and immediately fell in love with Tolkien’s world. Between the Hobbits and the Elves and Smaug, I was drawn in by all of the different beings that covered Middle Earth. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was in the woods behind my house pretending I was on a quest with the dwarves to take back their home.
I would go on to read The Lord of the Rings though, at the time, I couldn’t make it through the second book (when Tolkien described a field and rock for about five pages, I bowed out – around that time I started having trouble concentrating sometimes).
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
By Sarah J. Maas
I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses with my local book club and absolutely fell in love with the story. It helps to be such a major beauty and the beast fan, since this book draws from the fairy tale. When the second book came out last year, I was absolutely ecstatic to find it was even better than the first. Feyre is an awesome character and I can’t wait to read book three in a couple of months!
The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy
By Erika Johansen
I know it’s only supposed to be 5, but I could not choose which five should stay and which one to leave out, so here is my bonus answer.
I first heard about The Queen of the Tearling about five nanoseconds before it was announced that Emma Watson would be a part of the movie adaptation, which was announced before it even released in the US. So when the book finally came out, I was practically chomping at the bit to read it. It had already drawn me in with its premise but once I heard about the involvement of one of my life role models, I knew I had to read it.
The Queen of the Tearling is an amazing series for anyone who is looking for a strong female lead who isn’t afraid to rely on her brain over her beauty. I am in the process of finishing the third book (I had to stop to catch up on books I needed to read for the blog) but when I finish it, I know I will be as blown away by it as I was the other two!