(I was today years old when I learned that I had more to read in John Gwynne’s Banished Lands world.)
For my TBR, 2023 will be the year of my favorite authors! After watching Petrik Leo’s video on the top 31 fantasy series of all time, I realized I had a full list of books I have left unread from some of my absolute favorites. So… it’s time to catch up!
First and foremost, it’s time that I read my first Robin Hobb series. Tied for 1st place in Petrik’s video is The Realm of the Elderlings world by Robin Hobb. With that, the Farseer trilogy has moved up in my list and I’m excited to finally crack open Assassin’s Apprentice.
Realm of the Elderlings world by Robin Hobb
Next up, John Gwynne. The Faithful and the Fallen series is one of my absolute favorites so you can imagine how excited I was to learn that there is another series in the same world! From what I’ve seen so far, the Of Blood and Bone trilogy hasn’t received as much interest in the fantasy community but the ratings from those who have read them are strong.
Banished Lands world by John Gwynne
A Time of Dread
A Time of Blood
A Time of Courage
Oh, Joe Abercrombie and his grimdark fantasy… Through all of the cringy and brutal scenes, I obsess over his books. It’s been a minute since I read an Abercrombie work of art and I think my mind is ready. (I think…)
First Law world by Joe Abercrombie
Best Served Cold
A Little Hatred
The Trouble with Peace
The Wisdom of Crowds
I cannot say enough amazing things about Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. It is easily one of my favorite fantasy series due to the unique writing style, character development, and morally messy world. But I seem to have skipped over Jemisin’s first trilogy! Similar to Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone trilogy, the Inheritance trilogy hasn’t received as much attention and the reviews are average… but I’d still like to tackle this trilogy in 2023.
Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods
Brandon Sanderson has been and still is my favorite author. His Cosmere creation is truly epic and I know of no other fantasy author who can match his book production. What is he up to now? Over 50 books? And he’s not even 50 years old! During the worst of the pandemic, he settled into writing and managed to write four, I repeat four, secret novels that will be coming out in 2023. What’s even more shocking? Check out his Kickstarter where he funded the publication of these books for release in 2023… did someone say $41 million? Oh yeah.
Brandon Sanderson’s Secret Novels
Tress of the Emerald Sea
The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England
Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
The Sunlit Man
Well it can’t all be fantasy… you’ve got to add some variety to the TBR! And let me say, I am especially excited for Tyson’s Starry Messenger. In this book, Tyson takes the cosmic perspective to shine a new light on some of the most severe issues of our time from war to religion to race.
Starry Messenger by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku
Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
There it is! My TBR for 2023. Let me know your thoughts! Have you read any of them? Planning to read them next year?