Recommended Reads

It can sometimes be quite difficult to find charming, wholesome books that you can read out loud with your entire family. (Especially in the fantasy genre). So, here is a list of some of my favorites, that I feel I can recommend without reservation (books on this list that DO come with reservations are marked with two asterisks like this: **). Not all of these are fantasy, but even I enjoy branching out from my beloved first-choice of genre every now and then. Some of these have links to straight-up reviews, others I have done a Six Degrees post for (which is just a slightly different kind of review). Eventually I hope to have a little blurb with each title, but that takes time, and time is hard to come by.

MY REVIEW POLICY

CHILDREN’S

The Giver – Lois Lowry

He Whistles for the Cricket – Gwen Walker

Rainbow Garden – Patricia St. John

Tales of the Kingdom – David and Karen Mains

The Magic Bicycle series – John Bibee

Treasures of the Snow – Patricia St. John

Ranger’s Apprentice series – John Flanagan

FANTASY

The Death Gate Cycle – Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman

Hidden Dagger Series – J.L. Mbewe
Secrets Kept
Hidden Dagger

The Raven King Trilogy – Stephen R. Lawhead
Hood
Scarlet
Tuck

Song of Albion Trilogy – Stephen R. Lawhead

The Pendragon Cycle – Stephen R. Lawhead

The Dragon King Trilogy – Stephen R. Lawhead

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Magic Kingdom of Landover series – Terry Brooks

Orphan’s Song – Gillian Bronte Adams

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Shannara Series – Terry Brooks

Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson **very intense scene in prologue including the death of a baby

Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis

GOTHIC/HORROR FANTASY

Dracula – Bram Stoker **intense and scary

The Oath – Frank Peretti** for intensity, and scary themes

YA FANTASY

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander

Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede

Dragonfate: Dragon’s Gold – Alexis Steinhauer

Dragon of the Lost Sea – Lawrence Yep

Dragon of Trelian – Michelle Knudsen

Ember Flame – Kaycee Browning

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Princess Ben – Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Tales of Earthsea Series – Ursula K. Leguin

The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Heartless (Six Degrees)
Veiled Rose 
Moonblood
Starflower
Dragonwitch
Goddess Tithe
Shadow Hand
Golden Daughter
Draven’s Light

The Queen’s Thief Series – Megan Whalen Turner

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Word Changers – Ashlee Willis

A Wish Made of Glass – by Ashlee Willis

Dragon and Thief – Timothy Zahn

SCIENCE FICTION

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card** for language, mention of people naked in a locker room type scenes, and children hurting one another

Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card** for language, children hurting one another, and unkindness

Chronotrace Sequence – DJ Edwardson
Into the Vast
Through the Viscera
Ascent of the Nebula

The Icarus Hunt – Timothy Zahn

The Green and the Gray – Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy – Timothy Zahn

STEAMPUNK

Haphazardly Implausible – Jack Lewis Baillot

YOUNG ADULT MISCELLANEOUS

Flipped  - Wendelin Van Draanen

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy

META FICTION

The Thursday Next Novels – Jasper Fforde **some cussing, some mentions of bedroom scenes (between married characters)

 

** I love this book, probably own it, and even recommend it, however, there are some caveats to my recommendation, and I wouldn’t recommend it as a family read (unless, like my dad, you’re really good at seamlessly skipping over bits as you read out loud).