Best of the Year


Our Annual and All-Time FanLit Faves

Here we keep a list of our favorite books for each year and (see the bottom post) a list of many of our all-time favorite fantasy epics and stand-alone novels. If you’re new to the genre, here’s a good place to start (and this should keep you busy for quite a while, too!). Comments are welcome.

FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2013

Here are our favorite books published in 2013. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click the cover to read our review. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! You can read some of our thoughts about these books in today’s later Thoughtful Thursday post, and you can add your comments there -- we'd love to hear your opinions about our list.

ADULT SFF



YA FANTASY



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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2012

Here are our favorite books published in 2012. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published in 2012, so we know we've missed some good ones! You can read some of our thoughts about these books in today's later Thoughtful Thursday post, and you can add your comments there, too. We look forward to hearing about your favorite books of 2012!

ADULT SFF



CHILDREN / YOUNG ADULT



ANTHOLOGIES/ STORY COLLECTIONS



AUDIOBOOKS  released in 2012



COMICS



We've discussed some of these books here. Find our reviews of these book... Read More

FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2011

Here are our favorite books published in 2011. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. You can read some of our thoughts about these books in this post. In the comments, let us know if you agree, and what books we missed that are on your Best of 2011 list.

ADULT SFF



CHILDREN / YOUNG ADULT



ANTHOLOGIES/ STORY COLLECTIONS



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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2010

Each of us has listed a few of our our favorite 2010 releases (hover over the cover to see who recommends each book). This year we've added an audio category — these are books that were released on audio for the first time in 2010. Read some of our comments about these books in this post.



Children / Young Adult



Anthologies



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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2009

It's quite a bit longer this year because we added a few new reviewers. Mostly we did not read the same books, but special mention goes to the first 10 novels which were highly recommended by more than one of us. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book.



Children / Young Adult



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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2008

Joe Abercrombie's The Last Argument of Kings and Brandon Sanderson's The Hero of Ages (both trilogy enders) top our list this year. In fact, those of us who read any Abercrombie or Sanderson novels named them as favorite authors this year. Another mention goes to last year's favorite: Patrick Rothfuss. Those of us who finally got around to reading his 2007 debut novel this year put it at the top of our lists.



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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2007

We've named Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind as FanLit's Favorite Book of 2007. Since this is our first year in existence, this is our first award ever. Mr. Rothfuss's response: "That's so cool. I'm proud to be your first...." Read More

FanLit’s All-Time Faves!

Some of our all-time favorite fantasy novels. We update this list occasionally.
Here are some of our very favorite fantasy novels and series (the first book in a series is shown). Each of our reviewers provided their top favorites. We don't all love every book on this list, but there is definitely a lot of overlap! You might also be interested in the archive of our Best of the Year lists.

RECOMMENDED SERIES (first book or omnibus is shown)



RECOMMENDED AS STAND-ALONES



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