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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag

If you’ve been here any length of time than you know that fantasy is my favorite genre. It’s my most read & I don’t foresee that ending anytime soon. I’ve seen this tag around and I always say I’m going to do it but then I forget LOL So I’m doing it now before I forget again xD

I was not tagged by anyone to do this. I also won’t be tagging anyone as this is an old tag and I don’t know who hasn’t already done this.

Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers.

1. What is your Fantasy origin story? (how you came to read your first fantasy novel)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

If we’re talking first, first The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly comes to mind. I received this as a kid in school when someone I think from publishing came to talk to us and they gave out books. I recognized the author’s name because of Beevus and Ramona.  

2. If you could be the main character in a fantasy novel who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

I would want the Sunshine- Grumpy duo I could play either part Lol. The author I’d want to do this is Hafsah Faizal of We Hunt the Flame. I love her writing style and I already know that she would do that trope so much justice!!

3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

I haven’t read as much fantasy this year, yet. However, Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is one that I saw talk of when it was releasing last year but has since disappeared from the forefront and that can’t stand. This was a fantastic story with such an interesting world of magic and myths. It has found family with a plethora of amazing characters.

4. What is your favorite Fantasy sub genre? What sub genre have you not read much from?

Gods of Jade and Shadow

A favorite sub genre is Historical Fiction fantasy, a la Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia or The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson. Historical fiction alone is alright but put a fantastical element or a mystery and its better. My least read sub genre of fantasy is Magical Realism or Contemporary Fantasy. This feels paradoxical since historical fiction is contemporary of the past and yet I’m okay with it. xD don’t try to make sense of me because you can’t lol

5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Roshani Chokshi. I love the worlds she creates and her writing is exquisite! For me auto-buy authors are people who I would literally read anything they produce. She could write in any genre about any old thing and I will be buying it. She has such a way with not only words but characters. They’re always so vivid and lifelike it hurts.       

6. How do you find fantasy recommendations? (GoodReads, Youtube, Podcasts, Blogs, Instagram, etc)

All of the above (well not podcasts cause I don’t listen to those). I’ve been doing this *gestures to reading on the internet* for a long while and you just learn to cultivate a system. GoodReads was the first place I started getting recommendations and it was a bit of a hit or miss. I now follow people whose taste align with mine and whose opinion and judgment I trust.

7. What is an upcoming fantasy release your excited for?

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)

I am looking forward to The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. This is coming out near another exciting release & I’m expecting a huge reading slump to follow.This story sounds amazing and I really enjoyed the last book I read from this author. I believe this has enemies to lovers trope sooo YAY!

8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

“All fantasy is the same.” No genre or age category is all the same. It shows a lack of effort on the part of the speaker who isn’t trying to find books that they like. It’s okay if you outgrow a genre or age category you can always come back to it, it’s not going anywhere. I just think it’s disingenuous to shelve every story into one slot. And sometimes you need to ask yourself if it really is the book/genre or you with the problem. 

9. If someone had never read fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
Stain
Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi this is middle grade which is easy to get into and has a lot of action and humor, Stain by A.G. Howard standalone YA fairytale retelling. Again something easy to slide into and a story that may be known but with a fresh take and there’s no huge commitment since it’s a standalone. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, this is an adult standalone but it has a companion novel. This is slower paced so no fear of being overwhelmed with the lore of the world while getting to know the characters.


What’s your favorite fantasy book?