One summer, I very systematically went to the local library and read every fiction book I could get my hands on with the keyword dragon in the card catalog description. Secretly, I hoped learn how to obtain my very own dragon by reading as many books related to the subject as possible. Or at least know what to do when I, inevitably, would encounter one. (Now, looking back, my plan was rather shoddy — I should have looked in the nonfiction section, obviously). That was the height of my fantasy and science fiction fandom, and my favorites included the Dragon Chronicles by Susan Fletcher and the Redwall books by Brian Jacques.
Fantasy books were my favorite genre for a while, but since I’ve become a “grown-up” — *shakes fist at Time* — I just haven’t made the time to read that many fantasy books. Well, that’s all about to change! Here are five Fantasy books that are on my “to-read” list:
1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: I read 20 lovely pages before working on THE STACKS overtook my life (a curse and a blessing!).
2. Twilight (for ages 12 and up) by Stephenie Meyers: To be honest, vampires kind of creep me out, so I’ve been putting this one off — maybe I’ll pick it up to scare myself for Halloween. Time to bug Carly M. for a copy of the books!
3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini: My bro recommended this one to me, and he also recommended Harry Potter before anyone else I knew had ever heard of it, so I’ll take his word. ^_^
4. Pendragon by D.J. MacHale: Since it came so highly recommended by Ink Splot 26 reader Bankshot#5.
5. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: I saw this one on author Rick Riordan’s recommendations list, so if I ever meet him in the hallways of Scholastic, maybe I’ll have something to chat with him about.
OK. Now I have a confession to make. Working at Scholastic sometimes isn’t all that great. You wanna know why? Because there are millions and millions of books everywhere and it’s torture not to be able to just curl up with books all day and just read, read, read . . . I’m sure there are a ton of other books that should be on my to-read list — and I wish I really could get to them all.
What’s the latest and greatest fantasy book YOU’VE read lately?
— Nancy, STACKS Staffer