Today's Top Ten topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Books that I Have Been Told to Read Time and Time Again. So I have adjusted it slightly to show the ten fantasy book fails that I think I have - books that everyone else seems to have read that I really ought to be getting to!
1) Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
This book has been lauded by reviewers all over the place - this and the remaining two novels in the series. It seems like the type of book I would absolutely love, so I now have a copy and it's just a case of finding time in my reading schedule to get to it.
2) Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
Lots of talk from readers about how this fantasy takes readers away from a typical Western setting, so I would like to read it for this reason.
3) Any Brent Weeks novels
In particular, this series by Brent Weeks. From the sounds of it, Weeks' first series is quite generic, and this is where he really started stretching his writing chops. Definitely one to have a look at.
4) The Wild Hunt series by Elspeth Cooper
I was always very keen to read Elspeth's novels and woefully didn't read the first. There are now two more with the fourth coming pretty quickly as well, so it seems a good time to catch up and have a series binge.
5) Kristen Britain
I confess, this is all about the pretty covers. ALL ABOUT THE COVERS. Deep inside me there is a 14 year old girl who still wants to read horse books...
6) The Hammer by K J Parker
This could really be any K J Parker novel. A number of years ago I tried the series beginning with Colours in the Steel, and I found it rather dense and awkward to read. I have heard that this ended up being the weakest of Parker's work, so I'd like to give this author another try. Any recommendations on which novel to read?
7) The Demon Cycle novels by Peter V Brett
Surprisingly, considering the great success of this series, I haven't read any of them. I have, of course, collected all of them with every intention of reading them, but, once again, I just need to find time.
8) The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson
I sincerely want to read this series (and it would be my first Sanderson novels that weren't associated with the Wheel of Time). I am a little wary about it though because it is an ongoing and absolutely massive series, which means a lot of waiting between books.
9) Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
I read the first in this series when it first came out and LOVED it. I am very keen to finish reading the trilogy now that it is complete.
10) Touchstone by Melanie Rawn
I know that Rawn is more famous for her Dragon Prince series of novels, which I have fancied reading. However, this newer series feels more to my tastes. I have seen it a few times in Waterstones so far and it won't be much longer before it somehow tumbles into my bag and comes home with me (I will buy it - I just realised that sounded a little like shoplifting).
So those are some of my book fails - novels I really need to start reading. Let me know yours in the comments!