Top ten

I have made the official book list called The Garrett Fiction Top Ten. To qualify for this list, I have to LOVE the book, and it has to have changed my life in some way.

Here they are:

#1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (One of the first books I remember falling in love with. A beautiful, incredibly written perfection.)
#2. Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (These three are the apotheosis of fantasy. How could they not be on a fantasy writer’s list?)
#3. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
#4. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
#5. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (Shockingly, stupefyingly original. As near to a perfect book as I have read and tied with Rothfuss’s book in #8 for best fantasy since Tolkien. Seriously.)
#6. The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore (#5 just knocked this down a spot)
#7. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernier (The movie sucked; the book is amazing.)
#8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (If you haven’t read this yet, do it now. Right now.)
#9. The Truth by Terry Pratchett (One of the many Discworld. The best in my opinion.)
#10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I’ve been reading Suzanne for a while; her Underland Chronicles are marvelous.)

So there you go. It was a challenge to come up winnow the list down to this, but I think this is really representative of what I love. Lots of fantasy, eh?

How about you? Your top ten?

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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