Along with romance novels, fantasy novels are among my favorite genres. I originally created a post like this for Romance week, so I decided to create this one when I saw this list on Goodreads. I still have a long way to go before I complete all 72 and I am not sure if I want to read all of them; however, there are a fair number on here that are still on my definite TBR and many that I have already read.
Fantasy literature is arguably the single oldest genre in all of storytelling. Contemporary fantasy has its roots, overtly or not, in world mythology and folklore, which in turn have their roots in oral traditions that extend back beyond recorded history. Old!
But today we’re interested in new fantasy. Gathered below are the most popular fantasy books of the past three years, as determined by reader shelvings and reviews. All books listed here were published in 2019 or later, in the U.S., and for fantasy series with multiple titles (Armentrout! Butcher! Maas!) we’ve listed the first series book published in that time period.
History nerds will find that all this makes for a fascinating reading list, with explorations and riffs on dozens of literary archetypes and world mythologies. Books are listed in order of overall popularity, most popular at the top.
Take a leisurely scroll over the book covers below for more details about each title, and add any likely suspects to your own Want to Read shelf.
From the 72 novels on this list, I have read 19 of them and still have the other 53 to go. There are multiple novels on here that have been on my TBR for a long time, some that I just discovered through this list, and others that I have heard about before, but something never brought me to actually read them. I am not sure if I will be able to complete the full list, but I want to attempt to read as many as I can by the end of the year or at least sometime next year.
How about you? Have you read any of these or have them on your TBR?