Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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Hey Epic Geeks,

This weeks Top 5 Wednesday is all about fantasy and science fiction books. I love fantasy and sci-fi so I absolutely had to do this prompt.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy isn’t necessarily the best sci-fi book in the world, but it’s definitely one that everyone should read. This has a lot of references you will hear throughout your life, including the answer to the universe, the ultimate answer; 42.

Ender’s Game is a science fiction by Orson Scott Card that I absolutely love. I really think this is the first science fiction book I had ever read but I definitely enjoyed it. I don’t remember if I have read the entire series, but I do recommend the first book. I actually haven’t read this in probably 7 years.

Marked for the Hunt is an Urban Fantasy by Leah Chiasson that you’ve heard me talk about a lot before. Actually, you’ve heard me talk about all of the fantasy books before. I have a full review of Marked for the Hunt. I love everything about this book and I cannot wait to see more from her!

Six of Crows (and the second book Crooked Kingdom) is a duology by Leigh Bardugo. They’re fantasy but I’ve also seen the duology marked as sci-fi due to some of the aspect. Regardless of what genre you categorize the books as, I love them so much. I still haven’t written my reviews. I’m not sure why. I just love, love, love them so much. I haven’t read her Grisha trilogy yet, but those are also definitely worth reading as far as I’ve been told.

A Court of Mist and Fury is actually book two to A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m pretty new to high fantasy and Sarah J Maas is the queen of high fantasy. Both this series and her Throne of Glass series is amazing! I definitely recommend both! I have full reviews of A Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Mist and Fury, and Throne of Glass if you’re interested.


What are YOUR favorite fantasy and sci-fi books? I really need to add more science fiction to my list. I love utopian and distopian books, but I wasn’t counting those as “sci-fi”. Let me know in the comments below so I can lengthen my TBR!


In the mean time, keep calm and stay epic,


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  • John Michael Sharp

    Ender’s Game and Hitchhikers Guide are good choices. Read the second and third in the Ender series, very different. Quite good. My top five would be The Entire Wars of Light & Shadow by Janny Wurts, Leviathon Wakes by James Corey (Book the Expanse is based on), Blood of the Fold by Terrygoodkind, Royal Assassain by Robin Hobb and A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin.

    • It’s been so long … I really cannot remember if I’ve read the others in the Ender series but I don’t think I have if they’re that different.

      I actually haven’t read ANY of those. >.>;;

      • John Michael Sharp

        Well, the Janny Wurts books are the best I have ever read. High Fantasy. She has collaborated with Raymond Feist, someone else I like, and I can tell which chapters each of them wrote since he tends focus on the glory of medieval, whereas she focuses on the brutality. Blood of the fold is the third book in the Sword of Truth series where the protagonist accepts his destiny, and in the name of saving the world does some morally grey things (I love that!). Leviathon Wakes is just brilliant scifi set in the future where Earth has colonised Mars and the outer planets, but has not developped stardrive. A weird thing happens (I am downplaying, a lot) which triggers a chainreaction of events that could lead Earth to War with Mars. Top 3. The Ender Books, the second one is Speaker for the Dead, and it deals with Ender after he leaves the military and forms a religion (sort of), with a bit of a murder mystery. The Third one is Xenocide. I can’t remember the entire plot, so I can’t say anything without spoilers.

        • I’ll definitely have to check them out. They sound like amazing authors. Sarah J Maas is great at high fantasy. Her character development and world building is just great, as is Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo is a history buff and you can tell in her writing quick a bit.

          Oooh, I’ll definitely have to read Enders continuation.

  • Katie Greenwood

    I loved ACOMAF but haven’t yet read any of the others. I’ve been hearing loads about Six of Crows as of late, I think I’m gonna have to put it higher in my TBR.

    Great list! I’m excited to be starting Top 5 Wednesday myself.