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May 14

Reading through the Library: Fantasy Realms

Posted on May 14, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Read through the library with these staff picks based on specific genres.

Want to try new books but not sure where to go or what to read? The easiest way to find new books is through readalikes, which is a way of grouping books based on factors such as genre, topic, or characters. In our new Reading through the Library series, we'll take you on a journey through the library, focusing on books that have similar themes regardless of intended audience.

Fantasy Realms
Today we will travel through fantastical realms to discover that you don't have to be a teen to enjoy young adult novels or a middle schooler to read middle grade books. Here are some fantasy novels to help you travel through the library's whole collection, from youth to adult and back again.

Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Book 1: The Magician's Nephew
Summary: A number of children, including the Pevensie siblings, are magically transported to the land of Narnia where they battle evil witches, help kidnapped princes, and go on many other exciting adventures guided by the lion Aslan who is the guardian of this world.

Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger
Keeper of the Lost Cities book coverBook 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sophie learns that she is not human, but an elf, and must receive magical training to hone the abilities that set her apart from her human peers. When she discovers that her memories hold deadly and dangerous secrets, she dedicates herself to protecting her loved ones, allies, and the magical word of which she is newly a part.

Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
Book 1: Fablehaven
Summary: Visiting their grandparents in Connecticut, siblings Kendra and Seth Sorensen discover a secret sanctuary for mythical and magical creatures called Fablehaven and learn that its caretaker is their grandfather. The siblings become involved in protecting and defending Fablehaven from outside forces and saving the creatures from evil and plagues.

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Book 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
Summary: The epic Lord of the Rings trilogy is a world-building fantasy about a quest to rid the world of a great, terrifying menace. Richly detailed and magnificently descriptive, the series is populated by creatures inspired by Norse and Anglo-Saxon mythology. Popular for all ages, the epic land of Middle Earth is also the setting for a number of other novels, including The Hobbit. 

I hope this trip through the York County Public Library shows you how you can find enjoyment through the library regardless of the section.