Bookish Buzz: Springtime Magic & Our Favorite Fantasy Reads / by Madeleine Riley

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Thank you for your patience in waiting for this list! As always, Amy and I loved getting to chat with you all about one of our favorite genres.

I mentioned this on Instagram, but I'll say it again: I think fantasy is often underestimated as a genre. It has such a wide range of sub-genres and there are so many amazing fantasy books out there, but it can be tricky to find the right fit for different types of readers.

Whether you're already a fantasy reader or wanting to try out this genre for the first time Amy and I have you covered with over thirty recommendations from our own shelves. During our Instagram Live we talked about witchy tales, magical realism, folklore & fairytales, and more! Below you'll find the full list, plus a few more that we're excited to read this year and a few that I forgot to mention during our live!


Any & all titles by Brunonia Barry (See a review of The Fifth Petal here and a note about The Lace Reader here.)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Read my #30secondbookreview here.)

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Read more on my love for this series here.)

Practical Magic The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Read my review of Rules of Magic here. Tip: Read these in publication order!)


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (I'd also recommend Conversionwhich I forgot to mention in our conversation.)

The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg (My recommendation for HSP readers. This one made the list of my favorite fantasy series.)

School for Psychics by KC Archer (Read my review here.)

The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (Read my review here.)

Girls Made of Snow & Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Read my review here.)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (I forgot this one in our Live but it made it onto my Top Ten List of 2016!)


Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (A zombie tale 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Bear & The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


The Song of Achilles Circe by Madeline Miller

Labrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber (Expect a review of this one soon!)

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Looking for more recommendations? You can see all posts tagged with fantasy on my blog here.

Have a fantasy title to recommend? Tell us below!