Many people across the globe are currently having to spend a little extra time in the house, so we’ve rounded up some excellent reads to transport you off the sofa and whisk you away to magical castles, enchanted forests and occasionally a skeleton detective…
#10 – Runemarks by Joanne Harris
This incredibly witty novel transports you to the little village of Malbry, a place where dreams are feared and displaying any hint of an imagination tints your reputation for life. When Maddy Smith, a young girl with just such an imagination, encounters a goblin in her cellar, a chain of mysterious events leads her into the darkness of World Below – where no one is as they seem.
#9 – Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan
This is a light, fun read that utterly immerses you in a modern and original take on the Greek myths, full of magnetic characters both new and old. When Percy Jackson discovers he is the son of a Greek god, he must travel to Camp Half-Blood, a safe haven for demigods, and battle fierce minotaurs, furies and hellhounds. Learning that Zeus, king of the gods, has accused him of stealing his lightning bolt, Percy and his friends must race against the clock to clear Percy’s name.
#8 – Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
A fresh mash up of Fantasy, Horror and Crime, Skulduggery Pleasant is a clever and stylish read. It introduces Stephanie Edgley, a fierce, sassy young girl who teams up with a cocky skeleton detective to solve the mystery of her Uncle’s death. Full of iconic characters and with a slightly different take on magic, Stephanie’s journey through a supernatural Ireland is not to be missed.
#7 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is a slightly darker book with a twisting, winding plot of mystery and intrigue. When criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered riches beyond his wildest imaginations, he puts together a team of six of the deadliest outlaws his city has to offer, for his mission seems impossible to the untrained eye; he must infiltrate the Ice Court, a stronghold in the frozen wastes of Fjerda that has never been breached, and free a prisoner that could unleash magical havoc upon the world. Together, his team might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
#6 – Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
The first in a trilogy set in Anne McCaffrey’s legendary world of Pern, Dragonsong chronicles the heart-touching story of Menolly and her wondrous Firelizards, tiny dragon-like creatures who form a telepathic link with their human companions. Menolly’s story takes her on a fabulous journey across the shoreline of Pern as she leaves her seaside home in pursuit of the passion forbidden to her – music.
#5 – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When Clary Fray witnesses a murder only she can see, she’s plunged into the supernatural Downworld of New York – where vampires rule the night and werewolves stalk the streets in the guise of humans. As she is drawn deeper into the shadow world, Clary discovers a hidden legacy has gifted her with extraordinary powers. Hunted by demons both monstrous and human, Clary seeks the help of the Shadowhunters, a race of angle-blooded humans, and discovers the dangers of forbidden love.
#4 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
J.R.R Tolkein’s world renowned classic is the perfect tale to whisk you away from your sofa into the extraordinary world of Middle Earth. When an old wizard by the name of Gandalf arrives on Bilbo Baggins’ doorstep accompanied by a band of dwarfs, Bilbo is forced to leave the comfort of his Hobbit hole, uncertain of whether he will return. He joins the dwarfs on their quest to reclaim their homeland, encountering giants, elves and finally, the great dragon Smaug.
#3 – Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Although not Clare’s first book following the Shadowhunters, Chain of Gold had to be on this list. It is the start of her latest trilogy, following Cordilia Carstairs as she and her friends attempt to uncover the plot behind a mysterious demon attack in London. Trapped in the city, the London Shadowhunters must race to save their friends before the demons devastate the Shadowhunter community, leaving the world open to a dark force more powerful than anything they have faced before.
#2 – Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
One of the greatest, most desperate battles for a throne in literature today, Game of Thrones will not disappoint. It weaves an intricate web of lies, politics and intrigue, as every character is forced to play the game of thrones. Journeying from the frozen North to the sun-drenched South, Game of Thrones will take you on a staggering ride through the world of Westeros, where you win or you die.
#1 – The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
There was no question as to which book would claim our number one spot. This classic tale follows young Harry Potter as he journeys into the wondrous and magical world of wizards. Escaping from his ordinary life with his Aunt and Uncle, Harry attends Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry for the first time, discovering the awe inspiring power of magic – and the dangers of the Dark Arts. For Harry is the Chosen One, the sole survivor of a devastating attack by the dark wizard Voldemort and the one who unknowingly ended his reign of terror. But the dark forces are stirring once again and Voldemort is looking for revenge. Only Harry Potter can stop him.