Never Too Old for Fantasy

Never Too Old for Fantasy

Fictional Universes

Fantasy has the power to give readers an escape and experience worlds that change the way we look at life. I will read books for any reading level as long as I enjoy the story. However, many adult readers prefer to stick to more age-appropriate reads. While you should never feel you are too old for any book, I have a few suggestions for some sophisticated fantasy titles to add to your reading list.

Book Suggestions

Stardust, Stardustby Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has written in many genres, and his contributions to fantasy are exceptional. Stardust‘s magical prose and unique characters reminded me why I love fantasy:

“Living in a Victorian countryside town overshadowed by an imposing stone barrier, Tristran is compelled to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves and crosses to the wondrous other side of the barrier, where he encounters dangerous rivals for the star.”

Available at the library in: print, book on CD, Playaway, digital

 

Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen KingSleeping Beauties

If you enjoy fantasy mixed with horror (à la Grimm fairy tales), this novel by father-son duo Stephen and Owen King is perfection:

“In a near-future where women succumb to a sleeping disease and men revert to their primal natures, one mysteriously immune woman struggles to survive in an Appalachian town where she is treated as both a demon and a lab specimen.”

Available at the library in: print, large print, book on CD, digital

 

WickedWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire

I had Wicked’s soundtrack memorized long before I opened the book. This origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West shares a fantastical tale for anyone enchanted by the land of Oz:

“Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister’s death.”

Available at the library in: print, book on CD, digital

 

CirceCirce, by Madeline Miller

If you are a fan of Greek mythology like I am, you have to have Madeline Miller on your list! The beautiful writing and epic tone of Circe makes the reader feel they are a part of its enchanting world:

“Follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.”

Available at the library in: print, Playaway, digital

 

Try Books Written for any Age Group

No matter your reading preferences, the library holds the key to thousands of new worlds and experiences. You may even take a look at books for younger readers that sound enjoyable! Reading is fun and enriching, and there are no limitations at the library!

Jordan Williams is a Library Assistant Specialist for the Clermont County Public Library system. She has a Master of Arts degree in English: Rhetoric & Composition and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Certificate in Strategic Communication. Her favorite part of working in a library is having access to a large collection of materials and helping others find something they will enjoy.

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