This post was originally published in August 2020. It has been updated since.
I hear adults dismiss fantasy (especially YA) so quickly, without giving them a try. That’s why I’m sharing over 90 recommendations.
Fantasy has always been my favorite genre. It all began when I read The Chronicles of Narnia with my family at six years old. I was immediately hooked on the world-building, the creatures, and the way that it allowed me to escape the mundane of everyday life and explore new places. There’s a quote that says, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.” I believe this to be incredibly accurate, and also, thanks to fantasy novels, I have not only lived a thousand lives, but I’ve traveled to a thousand far-away places without ever leaving the comfort of my room.
Honestly, talking about fantasy books gets me seriously pumped up. So I wanted to share the best of the best when it comes to what I’ve read over the years. There will be familiar names on this list, but I’m also hopeful that it will also introduce you to new and unique (and often underrated) stories that I highly recommend.
Below, you’ll find a list of series and standalone novels. Let’s be honest – I think you should read them all!
The Best Fantasy Books to Read When You Need an Escape
You can find synopses for the books below, along with links to buy a copy for yourself! Make sure to follow me on The StoryGraph to read my reviews and bookstagram to see my aesthetic photos of these titles and more.