The Fantasy 100

I found the booklist I mentioned in my earlier post!

Here it is, a compilation of 100 of the best books (that spawned series, mostly) in the fantasy genre as of May 2012!
Rank
Author/Editor
Title
Year

1
J R R Tolkien
Lord of the Rings
1954

2
J K Rowling
Harry Potter Series
1997

3
J R R Tolkien
The Hobbit
1937

4
George R R Martin
A Song of Ice & Fire
1996

5
Robert Jordan
Wheel of Time Series
1990

6
C S Lewis
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe [S2]
1950

7
David Eddings
The Belgariad Series
1982

8
Terry Goodkind
Wizard's First Rule [S1]
1994

9
Raymond E Feist
Magician [S1]
1982

10
Christopher Paolini
Eragon [S1]
2002

11
Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials Trilogy
1995

12
Terry Brooks
The Sword of Shannara [S1]
 
1977

13
Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy
1995

14
R A Salvatore
Dark Elf Trilogy
1990

15
Ursula K Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea [S1]
1968

16
J R R Tolkien
The Silmarillion
1977

17
Stephen King
The Dark Tower Series
1982

18
Weis & Hickman
Dragonlance Chronicles
1984

19
Roger Zelazny
The Chronicles of Amber
1970

20
Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
1865

21
Richard Adams
Watership Down
1972

22
Stephen Donaldson
Thomas Covenant - The Unbeliever
1977

23
Neil Gaiman
American Gods
2001

24
William Goldman
The Princess Bride
1973

25
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
2001

26
Stephenie Meyer
Twilight
2005

27
Anne Rice
Interview With the Vampire
1976

28
Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle In Time
1962

29
Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic [S1]
1983

30
Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind [S1]
2007

31
Roald Dahl
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
1964

32
David Eddings
The Malloreon
1987

33
George Orwell
Animal Farm
1945

34
Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight [S1]
1968

35
Bram Stoker
Dracula
1897

36
Tad Williams
Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Series
1988

37
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists Of Avalon
1983

38
Gaiman & Pratchett
Good Omens
1990

39
Steven Erikson
Gardens of the Moon [S1]
1999

40
Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere
1997

41
Garth Nix
Sabriel [S1]
1995

42
William Golding
The Lord Of the Flies
1954

43
Brian Jacques
Redwall [S1]
1986

44
Homer
The Odyssey
-800

45
Terry Pratchett
Mort [S4]
1987

46
Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse [S1]
1983

47
Cornelia Funke
Inkheart
2003

48
T H White
The Once & Future King
1958

49
Michael Ende
The Neverending Story
1979

50
Lloyd Alexander
The Chronicles of Prydain
1964

51
Tamora Pierce
Alanna: The First Adventure
1983

52
Mary Shelley
Frankenstein
1818

53
Unknown Author
Beowulf
700

54
Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted
1997

55
Weis & Hickman
Death Gate Cycle
1990

56
William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1600

57
Michael Moorcock
Elric of Melnibone Series
1972

58
Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
1962

59
C S Lewis
The Screwtape Letters
1942

60
Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana
1990

61
David Eddings
The Elenium
1989

62
David Gemmell
Legend [S1]
1984

63
Jonathan Stroud
The Amulet of Samarkand [S1]
2003

64
Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist
1995

65
Jim Butcher
Storm Front [S1]
2000

66
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
1891

67
Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2004

68
Peter S Beagle
The Last Unicorn
1968

69
Glen Cook
The Black Company [S1]
1984

70
Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife
2003

71
Susan Cooper
The Dark Is Rising [S1]
1973

72
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart [S1]
2001

73
Richard Matheson
I Am Legend
1954

74
Moore & Gibbons
Watchmen
1987

75
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
1843

76
Trudi Canavan
The Magician's Guild [S1]
2001

77
Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle
1986

78
Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
2003

79
The Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
1812

80
Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
1957

81
Frank Miller
Batman - The Dark Knight Returns
1986

82
L Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
1900

83
Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes
1962

84
Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth
1961

85
Laurell K Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures [S1]
1993

86
Diana Gabaldon
Outlander [S1]
1992

87
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince
1943

88
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
1967

89
Dante Alighieri
Inferno
1321

90
Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Pawn [S1]
1989

91
Yann Martel
Life of Pi
2001

92
China Mieville
Perdido Street Station
2000

93
Anne Bishop
Daughter of the Blood [S1]
1998

94
Gene Wolfe
Book of the New Sun
1980

95
Patricia C Wrede
Dealing With Dragons [S1]
1990

96
Robert E Howard
[C] Coming Of Conan the Cimmerian
1933

97
Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones
2002

98
Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn Trilogy
2006

99
Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis
1915

100
Orson Scott Card
Seventh Son [S1]
1987

 

THE LIST IS PULLED FROM THE FANTASY100 WEBSITE, FOUND BY CLICKING HERE!

Now I have the list to reference, time to pick a new series to read 🙂

I have tried AND FAILED to read the Song of Ice & Fire series and also the Redwall novels. Never have I hated a series so much that I didn’t finish but those two…those two bored me to death. And I think I’ve read the first half of the first book of the Song of Ice and Fire series like 6 times. Never finished reading. So pathetic, isn’t it?

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