This week’s topic is Top Ten ‘X Genre’ Books. And ew, don’t be gross, the X is a stand-in for whatever genre you choose. I decided to go with Top Ten YA Fantasy Books Written By Women because whenever I see Top Ten YA Fantasy books they contain books that I feel fall under the umbrella of speculative fiction but not straight up fantasy, like Divergent, to me, that’s not fantasy, but dystopia. Well, enough with the apples and the oranges, let’s get to the meat!
Top 10 YA Fantasy Books Written By Women:
1. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Why?: First Eon has a unique setting — most fantasies I read are European based, Eon is Asian-based. Also, the worldbuilding is TO DIE FOR. Well, not quite death. But still, it’s an awesome read that I wish more people would check out.
2. The Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson
Why: Don’t I rail on and on about The Girl Of Fire And Thorns every other Top Ten Tuesday. Dudes I love this book. I love it’s high fantasy feeling. I love Elisa and her character development. I love the big show down. I love pumping my fists. AND THE GEORGE RR MARTIN-ING.
3. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Why?: Yo, Tamora Pierce might as well be the godmother of YA Fantasy. Seriously, her books feature kickass heroines, males who are kind, and empowerment. I love that. And really, how can one have a best of YA fantasy WITHOUT including Tamora Pierce? I feel like that’s a sign that maybe you don’t know your stuff.
4. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Why?: Robin McKinley is one of my favorite writers EVER. The Blue Sword is kind of a chosen one fantasy, but there are horses and a girl named Harry and a SWOON SWOON SWOON SWOON alert over a character named Corlath.
5. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Why?: Sigh. If you don’t know who Gen is, maybe you should fix your life right now and go check out The Queen’s Thief series. IT IS SO GOOD. I mean, think about details and every little thing is important and intricate and fabulous.
6. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Why?: I love Graceling because it’s a) sex-positive b) kick ass female character who sticks to her guns c) an equal relationship. I just love this book, I was never like counting pages or anything while reading it.
7. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Why?: Valek. Moving on.
8. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Why?: Diane Wynne Jones was an amazing author. And I think that Howl’s Moving Castle is one of those books that just feels like a comfort read, to me it felt like a blanket, ya know? It’s got all my favorite elements, a wizard, a talking fire, a spell, and gumption. I just loved it.
9. Chime by Franny Billingsley
Why?: Beautiful, scrumptious writing with an unreliable narrator. Chime isn’t your average fantasy.
10. Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
Why?: Okay, so I know SOME people classify Daughter of the Forest as adult. I read it as a teen and it’s stuck with me. I will always consider Daughter Of The Forest to be like a YA crossover. It’s one of those books I could probably read over and over. I still think about it and how much I admire Sorcha and her dedication. How much I love the magic. How I daydreamed about this book while reading it. IT IS SO GOOD.