Aug 18, 2020
Today Chelsey and Sara are discussing The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. We’re not shy about sharing our lack of experience with the fantasy genre. It’s not the go-to genre for either of us, but we love to branch out and try new literary things. This book delighted us in some surprising ways and helped us figure out what exactly we love—or could do without—in fantasy novels.
Our discussion includes:
Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic, including a fast-paced fantasy set in NYC and a beautiful book for map-lovers.
We avoided major spoilers in this episode, so feel free to listen before or after reading in order to enhance your reading experience.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin [40:57]
Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan [51:11]
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [59:18]
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike [45:40]
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James [54:00]
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Maguel, Gianni Guadalupi, and Graham Greenfield [1:01:48]
Picks of the Week:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin