Top 5 Wednesday
Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by @GingerReadsLainey on Youtube and is now run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You’ve probably seen it around if you’ve perused the bibliophile section on any popular sharing platforms, be it Goodreads, Youtube, WordPress or whatever. Here goes nothing!
What are your favorite science fiction and fantasy books?
Uhh. *Shifts eyes guiltily.* I would do better with a top 20 list. Or 40. Or more… In the spirit of “Treat Yo Self” here are separate T5W children’s and adult / YA lists. (I treat myself with books and I’m not afraid to admit it.)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series #2)
- The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia #1 / #6)
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet #1)
- Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson (The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates #1)
Runner Up: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Underland Chronicles #1) and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1)
Adult / YA Fiction
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Space Trilogy #1)
- House of Stairs by William Sleator
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Quintet #1)
- The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters #1)
Runner Up: The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (The Uglies #1), A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Timeline by Michael Crichton
Here’s my commentary. I’ll try to keep it short, but I’m churning with things to say!
For the children’s fiction list, it had to be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You have everything to love: magic, humor, friendship, a castle with secrets, an ancient monster, a secret language, the thrill of the chase, one seemingly immortal enemy… There are reasons why J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is beloved. Any of those novels could have made the top of the list, but I find the second to be particularly… fantastical.
My adult list was more difficult. By some, The Hobbit is considered a children’s tale. I don’t personally think it’s mutually exclusive; it reaches readers from a large range of age groups. This had to be my top fantasy pick because it is our first glimpse into Middle Earth, and it is written to enamor. There are dwarves, dragons, treasure, wizards, adventure, a magical ring, personal revelation, and an odd but lovable little race. The novel was so popular that Tolkien actually began a sequel. Thank goodness his sequel turned into The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! (Is there anybody else out there who cannot deny their inner geek?)
Some of my choices were whimsical and fun, like Magic Marks the Spot, and some show how to live life with courage. Not all of my choices are feel-good, evil gets its butt kicked novels, though. House of Stairs and Ender’s Game are disturbing to read. The Golden Compass has appallingly dark undertones. Even Out of the Silent Planet is unsettling, and more so as the series continues.
I’ll stop here, but privately far from the reaches of this blog I am still rambling about the attributes of my top picks… and lamenting the Asimov and Pratchett novels that got squeezed out.
Happy Top 5 Wednesday!
(If you are interested in joining the T5W group, click here. Even if you’re not, I’d love to hear about your top 5’s in a comment!)