Game of Thrones is over. After ten years of us obsessing over who would end up on the iron throne, we finally have an answer. Well, kind of. But NO SPOILERS (though I will say I’m actually in the minority who liked the final episode), so let’s just talk about books instead. Because even though we don’t get to see what our favorite (or least favorite) characters are up to anymore, we can find some new characters and amazing worlds to love. Personally, I’m filling the GoT– shaped hole in my life with more fantasy books, so I thought I’d share a few books I’m currently reading (or will be soon) and a few on my TBR that I think might help.
What I’m Reading Now:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. What better way to fill the GoT void than with a giant fantasy novel? Bonus, this one is a standalone, so it won’t take me 197 years to finish. You voted to include this on my May reading list, and I’m definitely excited to read it. I’m planning on starting it this week since it’s a long weekend. I should be able to finish it in three days, right?
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I kind of read this trilogy when I was maybe twelve, but I don’t think I was really paying attention. after recently watching the movie Tolkien (which I loved), I decided it was time to finally read The Lord of the Rings. I’ve been listening to the audiobooks on my commute and really enjoying them. I’m about halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring, and definitely plan on continuing. I’m also planning on reading Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf soon, because I love Beowulf, and what I’ve read of his translation is so much better than the others.
Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I technically haven’t started these quite yet, but I will be reading them in the next month or so. I loved Binti and am excited to read the rest of the trilogy. Bonus: Nnedi Okorafor is currently working on a new HBO series WITH GEORGE R. R. MARTIN (an adaptation of a different series), so it’s kind of like GoT. Right?
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. This is obviously a reread (I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this series), but it’s been a few years, and I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m slowly making my way through the series, and am currently on book four. it’s interesting reading these now, since I’m both remembering why I love them and seeing issues I was blind to as a preteen and teenager. I think the nostalgic side is winning, but I don’t really care.
What’s Next on My TBR:
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. This has been on my TBR for a while. I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m always here for a good, diverse, fantasy. I actually have the first two books on my shelves, And I would really like to get to them soon. I need some more high fantasy, especially because we have no release date for Doors of Stone and I’m sad.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve actually attempted to read this once or twice already, but couldn’t get into it. I still want to give it one more shot. Partly because everyone raves about it (and I’m stubborn and can’t just DNF books) and partly because I was so sure I’d love it, I asked for the box set for Christmas one year and now it’s taunting me.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. This one’s a relatively new release, but one that’s been getting a lot of rave reviews. Like I said, I’m always down for a good diverse fantasy. Plus, this one is relatively short for a fantasy novel, and it’s a standalone. I can deal with big books, but committing to a fantasy series (especially one made up of big books) is a bit daunting.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. This is another second chance book for me. I started it back in January, and just wasn’t feeling it. But I’m bad at giving up on books, so I just set it down until I’m in the mood for it. It’s been described as the “African Game of Thrones” and was blurbed by Neil Gaiman, who compared it Tolkien. My inner nerd is not willing to let that go.
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. Yet another reread on my list. I first read this when I was maybe eleven or twelve (perk of having parents who don’t care about books at all: I got to read whatever I wanted). My Stephen King-obsessed cousin lent it to me, and it (along with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon) definitely incited my love of King. Though I maybe shouldn’t have read It in eighth grade. I don’t remember much about this one, but I do remember enjoying it a lot. I’m seriously considering making it my annual Halloween King read this year, but I’m planning on reading it soon either way.
Are you missing Game of Thrones already? Any books you recommend to help us fans get over it?