“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.  ~ Neil Gaiman

February and March were marked by some enjoyable fantasy binge reading.

Fantasy – and speculative fiction more broadly – is one of my favorite genres. It’s been that way since my mom read my fairy tales as bedtime stories, and my dad read me the entire Chronicles of Narnia at least a few times through. As I’ve grown, I’ve found so much inspiration and fascination with these created worlds around us. As Neil Gaiman captures so poignantly above, fiction — and especially fantasy — has the power to transport.

Here are a few quick notes on books I read in February and March:

Sarah J Maas-a-thon

I should really know better by now, but for some reason I often resist reading popular authors. I finally got pulled into the world of Sarah J. Maas recently, and in February, I devoured her Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy as well as reading one of her other works.

Fair warning, I thought book 1 (Thorns and Roses) was only okay, but I couldn’t put down book 2, and book 3 was also quite good. As I wrote in my goodreads review, I like the fact that Maas deals with consequences of actions much more than other authors writing in this genre.

Books I Read by Maas: Empire of StormsA Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Mist and FuryA Court of Wings and Ruin

Other Books of note:

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince and The Darkest Part of the Forest. I enjoyed these, but felt Darkest Part of the Forest was underdeveloped and could have used a little more meat. 

Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance — Oh man, this series is so brilliant. And the books are HUGE. (this one is 1087 pages). I love a good thick read, but knowing how many books I have on my bookshelf and library waitlist right now, I’ll probably wait on book 3 for at least a little while.

I also read and enjoyed I am not your Perfect Mexican DaughterCrosstalk (Connie Willis is a perennial favorite), #4 in the Dresden Files  Summer Knight, and Force of Nature.

What I’m reading now: this book, and this book. On hold at the library: this one.

What’s on your list of books to read? Are you a fan of fantasy, or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions!