Goodreads’ 100 Most Popular Fantasy Books 

Trying to navigate through the fantasy section is an impossible task. There are hundreds of classics, and even more books that you would enjoy that you haven’t come across. We decided to look at Goodreads’ 100 most popular fantasy books to see which 100 books are worth reading! 

Goodreads’ 100 Most Popular Fantasy Books 
Goodreads’ 100 Most Popular Fantasy Books 

Goodreads is one of the most trusted websites when it comes to books. That gives them a lot of insight into what people are reading and they have used that data to curate this list. Fantasy novels that were the most reviewed were chosen for this list. They also had to have a 3.5-star rating to make the list. And the most reviewed book in the series was chosen to represent the series.  

Goodreads’ 100 Most Popular Fantasy Books 

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 
  4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin 
  5. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle 
  6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 
  7. American Gods (American Gods, #1) by Neil Gaiman 
  8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  9. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire 
  10. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett 
  11. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King 
  12. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris 
  13. Watership Down by Richard Adams 
  14. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 
  15. The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
  16. The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1) by Robert Jordan 
  17. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls, #1) by Deborah Harkness 
  18. Stardust by Neil Gaiman 
  19. The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1) by Terry Pratchett 
  20. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
  21. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher 
  22. Circe by Madeline Miller 
  23. A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin 
  24. Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) by Terry Goodkind 
  25. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb 
  26. The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Lev Grossman 
  27. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  28. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch 
  29. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman 
  30. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones 
  31. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 
  32. 1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3) by Haruki Murakami 
  33. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley 
  34. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke 
  35. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
  36. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab 
  37. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs 
  38. Elantris (Elantris, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
  39. The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski 
  40. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende 
  41. The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie 
  42. Uprooted by Naomi Novik 
  43. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm 
  44. The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks 
  45. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton 
  46. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin 
  47. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen 
  48. Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1) by Anne McCaffrey 
  49. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde 
  50. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) by Kim Harrison 
  51. Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
  52. Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1) by Margaret Weis 
  53. The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1) by Peter V. Brett 
  54. The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden 
  55. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King 
  56. The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) by Anne Rice 
  57. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews 
  58. The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1) by Amish Tripathi 
  59. Nimona by N.D. Stevenson 
  60. The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent Weeks 
  61. The Golem and the Djinni (The Golem and the Djinni #1) by Helene Wecker 
  62. The Once and Future King by T.H. White 
  63. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger 
  64. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 
  65. Furies of Calderon (The Codex Alera, #1) by Jim Butcher 
  66. Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab 
  67. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1) by Mark Lawrence 
  68. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong 
  69. Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson 
  70. Rivers of London (Rivers of London, #1) by Ben Aaronovitch 
  71. The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) by Terry Brooks 
  72. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 
  73. Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) by Raymond E. Feist 
  74. Temeraire (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik 
  75. Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne 
  76. Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan 
  77. Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy, #1) by Jacqueline Carey 
  78. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  79. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman 
  80. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik 
  81. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly 
  82. Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo 
  83. Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1) by Nora Roberts 
  84. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern 
  85. The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1) by Tad Williams 
  86. Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1) by China Miéville 
  87. Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier 
  88. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1) by N.K. Jemisin 
  89. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu 
  90. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas 
  91. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay 
  92. Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold (Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology, #1) by Stephen Fry 
  93. All the Birds in the Sky (All the Birds in the Sky, #1) by Charlie Jane Anders 
  94. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty 
  95. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence 
  96. The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang 
  97. The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos, #1) by Samantha Shannon 
  98. The Curse of Chalion (World of the Five Gods, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold 
  99. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 

Classics and Lesser-Known Novels 

The list starts off with the father of fantasy novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And it continues that trend with having The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at third. Game of Thrones sneaks in at fourth because of its recent popularity. I loved the novels and recommended them to anyone that has seen the show but hasn’t read the books. 

I was surprised to see a bunch of novels by Gaiman on the list. American Gods is the one that has come to define his works. But it is one of many great fantasy novels that he has written. And they may be better in my opinion. 

I was surprised to see The Bear and the Nightingale on the list. The writing and world building is amazing. It is a fantasy novel that focuses on Russian folklore and as someone that knows little about them, I was very fascinated.  


That is all for Goodreads’ 100 most popular fantasy books list. How many books on this list have you read? Let us know in the comments below! 

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10 thoughts on “Goodreads’ 100 Most Popular Fantasy Books 

  1. Tom Crossley says:

    Interesting article, not at all suprised Tolkein and Lewis are near the top, they were good friends 🙂

    1. Jessica Turner says:

      A few fantastic titles from the list you may want to look into are *The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern, as well as ” The Night Circus”by the same author. ‘Mists of Avalon” is absolutely stellar. You definitely can’t miss with anything by Terry Pratchett. Leigh Bardugo has duoligy called “The 9th House” & “Hell Bent” that I really enjoyed. Hope this helps. 🍀😊📖

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