All throughout May you can follow the hashtag #MayWeRead to answer fun reading related prompts. We did a shout out for responses towards the end of April so that we could put together some fun lists from our authors as well as some of our followers. You can read today's prompt responses below.
"Chronicles of Narnia" Because it's a compelling read that one can go through a hundred times and it never gets old.
Annals of Alasia by Annie Douglass Lima. I fell in love with the characters and the world Annie created. It's got a medieval feel but with her own fascinating spin on cultures and flawlessly written!
Katy Huth Jones
Discworld by Terry Pratchett. I love the characters and the feel of the books.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. It was so expansive, clever, and always kept me guessing. Loved it to the end!
"Favorite series, is hands down, Dragonlance. Epic fantasy. Great characters. A lot of books to choose from within the series.
However the ones written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are must reads! Not only do they start the adventure off but they do it so well."
How can you even begin to pick ONE series as your favorite? It's impossible. After much deliberation (and gnashing of teeth), I have decided on The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. It is the perfect fantasy adventure series--great to read out loud, with flawed characters, a smattering of romance, a magical harp, lots of laughs...truly, this series has everything a good series should have. I'm still waiting for someone in Hollywood to make a decent film adaption of these books.
Jedi Quest. It's a Star Wars series and I like to see how the Jedi were trained.
One is the Fires of Gleannmara by Linda Windsor: Celtic historical fiction. Also The Buccaneers by Linda Chaikin: fantastic pirate themed historical fiction. One of my favorite fantasy series is The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa-I love portal fantasy, and this series is definitely that.
Original James Bond novels, because Ian Fleming was a master of suspense building and of larger than life villains and plots. Also the Harry Potter series because there's so much packed into them and they're fun to read out loud with family.
Randall Allen Dunn
Penny White series by Chrys Cymri. Chrys does fantasy (especially dragons) with such realness and just a dash of British humor. Her Penny White series is exceptional, and I've likened it to Harry Potter... if Harry were a middle aged vicar with a sarcastic gryphon for an assistant, and had a thing for dragons, a love of whiskey, and a bit of an obsession with Dr. Who.
Storm Siren Trilogy -- the MC's (Nym, a slave) voice was so clear in the first book it sucked me in, and I stayed enthralled as she built an interesting storyworld around this fascinating, yet flawed character.
The Magnificent Devices series by Shelly Adina (steampunk). I love how she started the first book with the main character in the upper class but didn't exactly leave her there but use it to her advantage. All the characters are diverse and strong ... enough to last through 12 books! She introduces new characters in each book and blended them in so well, they almost weren't new. As the series goes on, the books featured more of the secondary characters as main characters. The steampunk tech wasn't hard to understand and felt very natural. All in all, very satisfying!
The Unblemished Trilogy by Sara Ella. It has some of the best plot twists I have ever read and has a very unique world with callings that make me wish I could walk through mirrors.
Laura A. Grace
Too many to choose from. But I love Frank Peretti’s duo: This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. These stories gave me a “glimpse beyond the veil” regarding the power of prayer and the wars that are waged that we know nothing about. My mom read these to us as kids and just WOW. Amazing. Also, Patrick Weekes series: The Paladin Caper, the Prophecy Con, The Palace Job (probobly out of order) - funny, cool, inventive, good characters.
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