The fantasy genre has exploded in recent years with the popularity of hit series like Harry Potter and A Song Of Ice And Fire. Fantasy first hit its stride in popular culture with old, pulp sword-and-sorcery stories like Conan the Barbarian and sword-and-planet fare like The Princess Of Mars.
Later, J.R.R. Tolkien sparked the modern era of fantasy fiction with The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, which in turn inspired countless other authors to pen myriad tales of magic and adventure, and even led to the advent of Dungeons & Dragons and hundreds of other tabletop games.
The following novels and series are not an exhaustive look at the best fantasy novels of all time, but rather a sampling taken from various eras from the past to the present. There are many more terrific fantasy books out there for you to read, but these are some of the essentials.
William Shakespeare left an incredible legacy on the world of literature. His work has inspired generation after generation of academics, readers, and aspiring writers. If you’re a fan of the playwright, then you’ll want to include some of the most Shakespeare-central destinations on your next itinerary.
Among the locations that were significant to Shakespeare are places that he lived in and visited, as well as locations that served as the setting for some of his most famous works. Many of the towns and cities that are known as Shakespeare attractions now offer tours and festivals highlighting his work.
Check out these 10 destinations that all Shakespeare fans need to visit.
When it comes to haunted house books we have plenty of scares to fill our shelves. Find the best books for adults, teens, and young readers.
The haunted house is probably one of my favorite tropes across the whole horror genre. Book, film, video game; there is nothing creepier than big, empty spaces and being stalked by something unseen. Whether it’s a massive multi-room building like a hotel or apartment building, a creaky old mansion, or an unassuming suburban home, haunted houses derive their horror from feelings of invasion and violation. Even in a hotel there is an expectation of safety and security, even more so in the apartment or house you inhabit. The monsters are supposed to be outside. But in haunted house books the monsters are inside, with you, violating that sense of security.
There is also the fact that hauntings in books often either stem from or cause domestic disruption, further destabilizing the interior of the home and annihilating any feelings of being safe or protected. Even the Gothic romances, from which the modern haunting story stems, were about the inversion and disruption of the domestic space. So their modern descendants come by it rightly. There is also a good deal to be said with regards to the relation between women, hauntings, and domestic spaces, and if that is an area which interests you make sure you check out Sarah Smeltzer’s post on Women, Trauma, and Haunted Houses. Continue at Source: 30 Haunted House Books That Will Give You The Creeps | Book Riot
* Leaves light on for the rest of eternity *
Is it just me or do all nice books kinda feel the same? Two people meet, fall in love, something mildly sad happens, they get over it, and then they run into the sunset. I sometimes even having a hard time remembering which ones I’ve read because they all start to just mush into one big memory. But do you know what kind of book is impossible to forget? A psychological thriller so messed up that it’ll be burned into your brain for the rest of eternity. Here are 15 thrillers you won’t be able to put down until you’ve turned the last page, from the most classic suspense novels to the newest murder mysteries. Continue at Source: These 15 Thriller Books Will Pretty Much Guarantee You Never Get Another Good Night’s Sleep
As we enter into the second half of 2019, we took some time to reflect on all the wonderful new books that the past six months has brought to us. We have been moved to tears and laughter by a great many reads. While we are always looking forward to what is next, we can’t help but appreciate what we’ve read this year so far.
In no particular order, The Young Folks staff share the top 10 books of 2019 so far. From thrilling space odysseys to transatlantic romantic comedies, our top 10 is an eclectic mix of genres and voices that we absolutely enjoyed reading this year. Continue at Source: Best Books of 2019 (So Far) | | The Young Folks
Rioters choose their favorite fiction and nonfiction books from the first half of 2019!
We’re halfway through the year, and you know what that means: it’s time for Book Riot’s Best Books of 2019 So Far! Our team of writers and voracious readers chose their favorite nonfiction and fiction books, across the wide spectrum of genres, from the first half of 2019. Don’t sleep on these excellent reads! Continue at Source: Best Books of 2019 So Far
*Fresh* from writing his own first sci fi thriller, physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili chooses favourite books that tackle the Earth in peril.
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