T5W: (SFF) Book Series I Always Recommend

This is a spin on the actual topic which is “Books to Give _______ as Gifts.” The blank can be filled in with whatever you want… “Books to Give Parents as Gifts.” “Books to Give a Hufflepuff as Gifts,” etc. I wanted to do this spin because when people are asking for recommendations, I almost always recommend the following books. With Christmas around the corner, it’s really the perfect time to give them all as gifts!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted over on a Goodreads group. You can check out the group here, and see the remaining topics for the month.

the winner's trilogy

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoksi — Are you surprised or are you surprised? Hehe. If you follow me at all on Twitter or Instagram, you know how much I love this series to pieces! I recently reread it a few weeks ago, and felt every single emotion all over again. It was equally painful and pleasurable. My ever faithful OTP. 🙂 If you like forbidden romance, enemies-to-lovers, or slow burn romance… Boy, are you in for a real treat! And if you haven’t already, add Marie’s next book to your Goodreads TBR! Check it out here! It takes place in The Winner’s Trilogy universe. 🙂

An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir — Again, another series I absolutely adore. I loved this book from the get-go, and each book has upped the ante for everyone. Reaper was a pure masterpiece and harkened Sabaa has a brilliant storyteller. I absolutely can’t wait for the final book. Repeat: I can’t believe it’s the final book! If you’re looking for an ancient Roman-inspired world with lush world-building and edge-of-your-seat action, Ember is for you!

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo — Very few series are near perfect for me, but this one is one of them. I did have some small problems with Crooked Kingdom, but never enough to make me not recommend it to nearly everyone looking for a heist-esque fantasy with a small band of diverse misfits. Also, the last book made me cry, so…there’s that. 🙂

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas — I cannot say enough how each book in this series gets better and better. I admit that the first book can be a bit of a struggle, Crown of Midnight blew me away and hooked me onto this series. I loved how each book proved Sarah’s penchant for story-telling and master world-building. While I was slightly disappointed with Kingdom of Ash, this series is a solid high fantasy. Looking for long-lost princesses, Fae, and a “girls rule the world” story? Look no further!

The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu — Technically, this is soon to be a quartet, but you don’t see me complaining. I listened to this series via audiobook, and it was amazing. I was in tears by the end of the third book, and I’m super excited there’s going to be a 4th book! Marie is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve met her multiple times. She’s so kind! This dystopian trilogy tells the story of two teenagers living in two very different worlds.


I feel like I couldn’t not recommend two of my favorite contemporaries:

The Astonishing Color of After also has some magical realism in it, which normally I just shrug off but it was done so well Pan’s debut. As for The Names They Gave Us, it was a book I wish I had in high school. Actually, these both are books I wish I had in high school, as both focus on different yet similar aspects of human emotions.

What are some books you always recommend? Any you think I’ll like based on the books I mentioned? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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