Hi, and welcome back to a new blogpost! Today I was reading a newly written blogpost over at Books and Teacups and I noticed she was doing a Top 5 Tuesday. I was intrigued and I followed the link she had posted in her post to Bionic Book Worms blog. I was very curious to see what this Top 5 Tuesday was about and I discovered that it’s a book tag/meme sort of thing where every Tuesday she picks a topic to give your top 5 of!
This Tuesday its fantasy books! Really, I couldn’t have picked a better week to start! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, You’ll probably know that my all-time favourite genre is Fantasy. You will also probably be able to guess at least one of the books that will be featured in my Top 5 fantasy YA list! You can find the topics for Top 5 Tuesday for September here.
5. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
“How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour. But Apollo has many enemies…” – Goodreads
So, if you know me at least a little bit, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a book written by Rick Riordan in this list. He’s definitely my favourite author out there. I love how all his characters are funny or sassy, but all in their own way. This is the first book in the Trials of Apollo series. Currently there are three books out, and he is writing the fourth one. In this book you follow Apollo after he has been cast down from Olympus after the events of The Heroes of Olympus. It is highly recommended to read both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series before reading this book!
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds…” – Goodreads
I know many of you will already have read this, but I only started them this year. Some people may call me insane or not a real book lover for not having read them earlier, but honestly, I don’t really care. Now that I’ve picked them up though, I understand the hype around the books. I have seen all the movies, so there won’t be any big plot twists for me, but I can definitely see the differences between the books and the movies. Although I am only at book four, I can already say that I like the books better (I know, what a surprise!). I’m excited to read more about Harry, Ron and Hermoine. If you haven’t read these books yet, I do recommend them!
3. Shadow and Bone
“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life…” – Goodreads
This series has been on my TBR for so long! For some reason, I just hadn’t picked it up yet and I kept buying other books.. You probably know how it goes. Anyway, I finally picked Shadow and Bone up last August, and boy, did I regret not reading it earlier. If you’re a major fantasy lover like me, I promise you will love it. It has great characters and an amazing world that you want to know more of as soon as you dive in. And let’s not forget, it has magic elements in it! So if you are wondering if you should read it or not, I would encourage you to read this amazing book!
2. The Raven Boys
“Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will…” – Goodreads
If you are on Bookstagram, you will probably agree with me that you see this series everywhere. I had a lot of friends on there telling me I should definitely read this series (Yes, I am looking at you Marlene). So, I had the first book translated in Dutch standing on my shelves, only to discover that after translating book two, the publisher had stopped translating it. So, I had to buy the English ones instead. I didn’t mind at all, cause I prefer to read in English, but still. Anyway, I finally picked the first book up in June, and I really liked it. I was intrigued right from the beginning. Unfortunately, I had surgery in July and I had to put it down. After that I was busy with recovery and I kind of forgot about it for a bit. I finally picked it back up this week, and I fell in love all over again. I can’t wait t finish book one and move on to the sequel. If you love fantasy, mystery and a squad of people to read about, this is definitely a book for you!
1. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
“Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse –
Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place where he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods…” – Goodreads
What a surprise, right? Bet you didn’t see this coming. Who am I kidding, if you know me at least a little bit, you probably know this series is my all time favourite series. I am itching to do a reread soon! This book brought me my love for Greek Mythology. If you haven’t read this book yet, I won’t force you to read it, but I will recommend you to do so (in the friendliest way possible of course). If you love Urban Fantasy, like mythology and crazy quests and incredible fights with monsters, this is a book for you! I promise you won’t regret reading this series (probably).
That is it for this post! I hope you liked it! I loved writing for this Top 5 Tuesday. Let me know in the comments what you thought about this post and if you’d like for me to keep participating in the Top 5 Tuesday.
See you next time,