Get to know the fantasy reader tag

Hello, friends! It’s a week and a half into July and my brain was juggling with what my next post will be about, when I remembered that the lovely Pippin @ The Pigeon tagged me for this. Here we go!

The rules:

🔸Give credit to the original creators of the tag. This tag was first created as ‘get to know the romance reader’ by Bree Hill and was adapted for fantasy readers by The Book Pusher.

🔸Thank the blogger who tagged you and link back to their blog – thank you, Pippin!!

🔸 Have fun 💛

1. What is your fantasy origin story? (the first fantasy you’ve read)

There actually isn’t much of a story. I grew up on a diet of fairy tales and folk tales. Gradually I got into reading middle grade books and then young adult books, but there never was that ‘one’ book that got me started into reading fantasy.

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

I’m racking my brain to think of a fantasy author whose book I’d like to live in, but I CAN’T THINK OF ANY.

As for the trope, that one is easy. Found family!

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

100% The Green Bone Sage by Fonda Lee. I wasn’t too impressed with the first book (the hype is immense and I just couldn’t see what it was all about) but I pulled through. By the time I started Jade War, I knew I’d fallen in love with all the characters. Jade Legacy was just an…amazing book. It’s massive and spans about twenty years, but so, so awesome. It is a trilogy that gets better with each book and ties off with a very satisfying and emotional ending.

4. What is your favourite fantasy subgenre?

Dystopian fantasy: I love dystopian fantasy. There’s just something about seeing this world in some messed up way in the future, the many allegories and parallels you can draw to stuff happening in the present day. Only, I wish the genre wasn’t so America-centric.

Gunpowder fantasy: just for the vibes.

5. What subgenre have you not read much from?

I haven’t read much urban fantasy. Ever too often I fall into the trap of thinking urban fantasies have not-great plots and cringey romances (or maybe I am to blame for reading Twilight and then not trying anything at all.)

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

I haven’t bought a book in ages, but if I could? This would be Rick Riordan. I think I have read every book he’s written (save for Daughter of the Deep) so that’s pretty telling.

Honourable mention: Fonda Lee (I am in love with the Green Bone Saga)

7. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations?

I find books mostly through other bloggers’ recommendation posts or reviews. Most bloggers I follow prefer the same genres of books as myself, and I rarely get disappointed by what I read. Just sometimes I scroll through my good reads updates page and check what my other friends are reading. If a book sounds interesting, I immediately add it to my TBR.

I don’t trust good reads recommendations at all (like seriously, stop recommending me ACOTAR, I am not interested.)

8. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

I haven’t been keeping myself updated on the upcoming releases but these two books have fallen under my radar for all the rave reviews they’ve been getting. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean has a very interesting magical concept. I know next to nothing about Simon Jimenez’s The Spear Cuts Through Water, but the story seems epic and emotional.

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

That fantasy is pointless because it is all made up, in the end, and has no bearing in the real world. (Thanks, dad, but no. Use a little imagination.)

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

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: this book was pure whimsical fantasy and just a delight to read.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: if you’ve hung around my blog long enough you know I have mixed feelings about this book, but it is a pretty good introduction for someone who is new to YA fantasy.

The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang: the characters are what stands out the most in this book, but this had such a cool elemental magic system, and really good world building.

Of course you can always read Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales (I’m not even sure whether fairy tales is the right word for it, those stories are dark, man)

11. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?

Ash @ Ink Words and Ash! I came across her blog quite recently and I love reading her thoughts. Plus, she has such a unique and enthusiastic blogging voice!

i’m tagging

Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink // Abby @ Beyond the Read // Becky @ Olive Pages // Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

What fantasy book got you into reading? Are there any upcoming fantasy releases you are excited for? Chat with me in the comments!

37 thoughts on “Get to know the fantasy reader tag”

  1. love these answers!! yeah, I stopped going to the goodreads recommendation page a while ago…my tbr’s out of control as it but yeah I have zero interest in ACOTAR 💀 I read throne of glass a few years ago and it sucked so I don’t think I’d be into it

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  2. Aah it was so much fun to read your thoughts for this! Your thoughts on the Green Bone Saga are just the most recent of many to strike the urge to read it for me; series that creep up on you as favorites like that are 100% the absolute best!! Fonda Lee’s YA sci-fi Exo is so captivating and cool, too: she’s a great worldbuilder and excellent at action scenes.

    (And I hope both those upcoming releases hit for you! Happy reading 😌)

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    1. Thank you! When I first started jade city I couldn’t see what the hype was about and then I read the other two books and was like oh okay this is actually great.
      Happy reading for you too 😊 I really enjoyed doing this tag!

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  3. THE SPEAR CUTS THROUGH WATER IS AMAZING JAN i am so hyped for u to read it bestie. and the jade city saga?? chef’s kiss i’m reading jade legacy right now and i am so scared to see how it’ll all end LMAOAOO

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    1. Ooh hope you enjoy jade legacy, that has to be one of the best endings to a trilogy!
      So glad to see you liked the spear cuts through water! I have not seen anyone say ANYTHING bad about it, the book must seriously be amazing.

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  4. I also read a ton of fairy tales when I was a kid! Truly there is no introduction to the fantasy genre like a giant book of fairy tales. I’ve been really wanting to read A Spear Cuts Through Water, it looks really interesting and the cover is so pretty!

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    1. I know, the cover for the spear cuts through water is so pretty! I’ve seen nothing but good reviews for that book, I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

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  5. Lol, I’m with you on the kind of organically moving onto reading fantasy front – as far as I can remember, I’ve ALWAYS loved it! 🥰😂 And I hate when people claim the genre is useless because it has no bearing in the real world! 😤 When people say that, I usually respond that it has much more bearing in the real world than other genres because it allows you to dissect political possibilities and societal problems in an allegorical way. Precisely because it doesn’t take place in our world, we are able to look at pur world much more critically through the lens of another, particularly when there are dystopian elements in the story! But yeah, in response, the people usually just stare at me with glazed eyes and look at me even more strangely… 😅🙃

    And the Green Bone Saga has been recommended to me countless times, so I really need to get a move on!

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    1. I’ve always loved fantasy books for as long as I could remember. It annoys me so much when someone says fantasy is pointless because there are SO MUCH things you can learn from these books. Plus, it’s much more fun and imaginative than fiction set in the real world.
      I really hope you enjoy the green bone saga, the series has my whole heart!

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  6. Great post! I also loved the green bone saga and so glad to hear it’s one fo you viruses of the year. I’m also so excited for a spear cuts through water and hope can read it soon!

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  7. AHHHH FOUND FAMILY YES!! It’s honestly one of the best tropes out there and like going on an adventure with a ragtag crew just seems like THE BEST!
    Omg, I’M RUNNING TO GET MY HANDS ON JADE CITY RIGHT AWAY, I’ve heard so many brilliant things about it!
    RICK RIORDAN!! His books are so so good, and I haven’t read daughter of the deep either loll, I really need to get to it! And ooh the book eaters looks so great!
    LOVED THIS ❤ ❤

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  8. Lovely tag and lovely answers! I grew up on The Chronicles of Narnia, so I’ve had an appetite for fantasy since I was born, basically.
    Found family is such an excellent trope. I never tire of it.
    Ooh, the parallels in dystopian fantasy! I adore finding parallels to the real world in all the fantasy I read, but dystopian fantasy usually has the most. Like, are we living in a dystopian world or something?? Hm.
    Haha, Twilight. I never got past the first book with that one. Now I am trying to think of some good urban fantasy…hm…well, The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly are good. Wait, wouldn’t Percy Jackson count as urban fantasy?
    I will never understand people who don’t get the importance of fantasy! Fantasy is so important! WHY CAN’T THEY SEE IT
    Ack, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. I literally just reread it. Such an excellent book.
    Great post!

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    1. Some of the Narnia books are old favourites, they were one of my gateways into fantasy as well!
      I never got past reading past the first book in twilight either. And you’re so right, Percy Jackson could be counted as urban fantasy!
      Howl’s moving castle is such a lovely book!!

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  9. omg i really have to read the green bone saga!!! the hype surrounding it is UNREAL and i’m so glad you loved it too!! dystopian’s actually my least favourite fantasy genre 😭 it makes me feel really unsettlled — and for some reason i just,,,,, don’t like it rip but i get what you mean hahaha

    also EXACTLY goodreads pls stop recommending acot&r to me 😭😭😭 love this post!! ❤️

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    1. I like dystopia for much of the same reasons you don’t ahaha. Hope you enjoy jade city, it has now become one of my favourite series!!
      Goodreads recommendations are broken lol.
      Thank you😊💛

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  10. thank you for tagging me! i loved reading your answers and i can’t wait to answer it as well! i’ve really wanted to read the green bone saga for ages so maybe this is a sign? i loved this post so much and it always makes my heart melt looking at your blog❤️❤️

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  11. i love love loved reading your answers to these questions jan!! 💕 i definitely need to get onto checking out jade city asap. i’m actually super happy to hear you think the series gets better with every book, because i’ve seen a few people dnf it entirely after being disappointed by the first one. up the priority tbr you go! 📈

    and thank you so much for tagging me!! i can’t wait to write about my own fantasy journey hehe 🤩 lovely post as always!

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    1. I dnf’ed jade city several times until i told myself I *will* finish it. The last half of the book is definitely a lot better than the first half, and the trilogy gets better with each book. (Maybe I just got attached to the characters. There’s a lot of them, but Fonda Lee made me root for even the slimiest characters lol.)

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  12. (i’m *mortifyingly late* to this omg!)
    six of crows is an AMAZING choice!! and i’m so glad you enjoy found family too!! it’s such a pure, wholesome trope. YOU LITERALLY CAN’T GO WRONG WITH IT
    i must get to jade city ah! you’ve just bumped it further up my tbr ❤
    and thank you so much for the mention!!


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