Probably every book I write about deserves to be here. That is true. But, some books get special attention. Books that usually have a huge fanbase. They are best selling books. Maybe it is because they get tv series, maybe films or a video game due to its potential. Whatever. For those books whose popularity goes beyond the world of literature we got this category, welcome the Wottareads!
What does a book need to become a Wottaread? that’s something difficult to be answer. There are many ways of becoming a wottaread, each so different from the others, and even so, despite such many ways becoming a Wottaread is not an easy feat. Not at all.
If you are a scifi entusiast there is no way that you don’t know Frank Herbert or, rather, his most popular work: The Dune series. This is, for most, one of the best series of the entire scifi genre.
However, Dune is not the only work Frank Herbert left us. He also enjoyed writing short stories. More specificly, he wrote space operas, a subgenre of scifi which centers on adventure, chivalric romance, and space warfare.
Golden Age Space Opera is a compillation of Herbert’s most popular works in this subgenre:
Old Rambling House
This is an interesting compillation, which surely will be more than enjoyable for those who enjoy scifi adventures, also it’s more than recommended for those who have already read the Dune books.
Operation Haystack tells the story of Orne, a scientist who is investigating the posibilty of a take over. This short tale talks about the usual themes this author likes to cover on his stories, such as government, genetics, etc.
Good thing of reading these tales after Dune is that you will see how he took lots of the elements that he already used for these stories, and included them as part of the many elements of his series. As usual, a well detailed world building is granted when it comes to books by this author.
In case you haven’t read Herbert’s most popular work here you have this post were you will find the Dune series reading order.
Do not miss this antology if you want to read some fast paced short scifi stories. Also, these are a must for those who enjoy Herbert’s work.
Have you read these? then leave a comment and tell us what do you think about these stories. Last, but not least, you can do this quiz to know which dune character you are.
If you are looking for a children’s book about racism here goes a different approach. There are different ways to fight racism, and literature is a powerful one.
Here you will find a children’s book about racism in quite a different way: in this story, racism is not based on skin color but in the color of the eyes and the hair. If you thought something “that’s so stupid” then you understood it, because that is the point it is a way to highlight how stupid racism actually is.
This book touches topics such as racism, low selfsteem, bullying, or suicide thoughts. Current issues that in this story are set in a medieval fantasy world, where characters will learn to deal with them and not to let others decide their own destiny.
Children’s book about racism: The Sapphire Eruption
In this YA fantasy series, there are four kingdoms, each of them representing one of the elements: the Kingdom of Fire, the Queendom of Earth, The Kingdom of Earth and the Kingdom of Air.
In each of these kingdoms the citizens have an specific hair an eye color. The Aquos for example, have blonde hair and blue eyes. You might be wondering what happens if a child is born as a result from the relationship of a man and a woman from a different kingdom, these children are known as unickeys.
The story centers on Noakhail, a boy who lives in the Queendom of Water. He has brown eyes in a queendom where everyone has blue eyes, he is a unickey and other children have messed with him since he can remember.
However truth turns out to be more shocking, once he is old enough his father reveals him that both are not unickey but instead they are citizens of the Kingdom of Fire, but that’s not all, he is also the heir to the throne.
Noakhail has decided to never give up, and face the world, and you can join him in his journey. You will also meet a lovely princess, but in order to know about her you will have to embark on this story.
Where can I get this Children’s book about racism?
You can take a look at it here on Amazon, this book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited you will be able to read it using that platform:
As you can see this book has already more than 50 positive reviews on Amazon.com and has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. So far people seem to love it, and I hope you will too.
This book has no nudity but is has some violence,as a result, it is recommended to children of at least 11 or 12 years old ( 6th grade)
What is the story about?
Here you can read the blurb of the Sapphire Eruption:
Once a year, the skies burn red. Upon this day, the Fire Kingdom’s priests perform their ritual: each newborn’s palm is lacerated, opened with a sacred sword, for Firia’s next ruler will be seen to shed no blood. Alas, this can prove a perilous process. When young Nokhail demonstrates his destiny, a wicked imposter attempts to slay the boy. Soldier Lumio intervenes, escaping with defenseless Noakhail–set for distant Aquadom to hide . . . and gather strength.
Seventeen years later, Lumio illuminates Noakhail’s true identity, presenting Distra, his rightful sword. Training side by side, the pair devise a plan to reclaim the throne . . . but this will mean ousting a crooked king, whose warriors are everywhere. Should Noakhail hope to triumph, he’ll be forced to look inside himself and tame explosive power on the expedition homeward bound. His path will cut through all four kingdoms–each replete with danger but, in turn, a chance to grow.
Meanwhile, in Aquadom’s royal palace, the water sword has chosen its heir, but envy stands to jeopardize an age of fragile peace.
Indeed, a war awaits…
Hope this children’s book about racism is what you were looking for.
Ever wondered which are be the best selling fantasy books of all time? Probably some novels or book sagas come to your mind. But will any o those be the best top selling fantasy books of all time? Let’s see, the top selling fantasy books of all time.
What makes a book becoming one of the best selling fantasy books of all time?
Despite the fact that there is obviously not a magical formula for this. All these books have lots of some things in common: the worldbuilding is amazing, the characters are solid and the plot is enthralling. Which are the top selling fantasy books of all time? let’s see:
List of The best selling fantasy books of all time
These are the five best selling fantasy books of all time:
5.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.s Lewis
This children’s fantasy story was published on 16 October, 1950. This is the first book and the best known in The Chronicles of Narnia series. This is the story that began the journey of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie against the Evil Witch in the world of Narnia.
This novel has an approximate sales number of $85 million dollars, becoming so one of the best selling books of fantasy.
What about you, fancy entering the wardrobe? also, if you are looking for books for children here you have some book suggestions for kids.
4.The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
The first work by the author J.R.R Tolkien was published on 21 September, 1937 and after that came The Lord of The Rings. This novel tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who will embark on a journey he never expected along with dwarfs and the wizard Gandalf.
The Hobbit has sold more than $100 million.
Who would have said that what started being a story for kids became the reason Fantasy is the way we know it these days? As a result, Tolkien became the father of modern fantasy, here is how: This is how Tolkien influenced fantasy.
3.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
Also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone. This is where Harry Potter’s life as a wizard begins, when being eleven years old he receives The Hogwarts letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. J.K Rowling’s work became a success, and its first novel was published on 26 June, 1997. Let’s hope we revive that feeling with the upcoming Harry Potter rpg videogame. Here you have all the Harry Potter books in order.
The sales of this novel are approximately around $120 million dollars. For those missing the magic and the fun, here are some books similar to Harry Potter.
2.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
This epic high fantasy novel was published on 29 July, 1954. This novel is the sequel of The Hobbit, but it eventually became a much more significant and notorious work than its prequel. For those wondering, yes, The Lord of The Rings is a single novel. The fellowship of the ring, The two towers and The return of the king are the three volumes that comprise this book.
Which is the best selling fantasy book of all time?
So, it turns out not even The Lord of The Rings or any of Harry Potter’s books is the best selling fantasy book of all time. Even so, it seems that wasn’t’ an obstacle to be included in the highest grossing fantasy films in history.
But if none of those sagas, being so popular fantasy books, is honored for being the top selling book, which is it? Drums, if you please. The best seller book of all time in the fantasy genre is:
1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The best selling fantasy book of all time is Don Quixote. This novel was written by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes and was published in 1605. Don Quixote tells the story of Alonso of Quixano, a man who loses his sanity and embarks into a journey becoming a knight-errant and reviving the era of chivalry. It is actually his madness what makes this story to become a fantasy story, since he will imaginary enemies such as giants which were in fact windmills as his companion, Sancho, points out:
“What giants?” asked Sancho Panza.
“Those you see over there,” replied his master, “with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length.”
“Take care, sir,” cried Sancho. “Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone.”
The estimated sales of Don Quixote’s book amount approximately $500 million.
Hope you enjoyed this list of best selling fantasy books, did you expect these novels to make the list? Which novel did you expect to be the top selling fantasy novel of all time?
These Classic novels are a must read for everyone who enjoys reading. There are those books we enjoy. Maybe because its main character was inspiring or because the plot was intriguing and made you turn pages like crazy. In this post you wil find some must read classic books.
A list of classic books to read
Here are some good classic novels everyone should read:
1984 by George Orwell: a must in a list of classic books
You probably heard about this one. Published on June 1949, the English writer George Orwell wrote what he thought would be a dystopian future, the novel is set in 1984. Funnily, his book is becoming an astonishing accurate reflection of reality as years go by.
This novel tells the story of a world in perpetual war, where Government has an omnipresent vigilance and propaganda. This government, ruled by The Party, will use different methods in order to control citizens. These methods are such as manipulating recorded history or creating a new language This language, Newspeak, is an alternative English version with restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.
The protagonist of this novel, Winston Smith, is a man who secretly hates The Party and everything related to the government, but how is he going to tell anyone when in the Newspeak words as rebellion don’t even exist?
Animal Farm by George Orwell: a classic novel with animals
Another novel by the same author. In this story, George Orwell uses farm animals as an allegory to describe the early years of the Soviet Union (URSS). This story begins with Old Major inspiring his fellows to revolt against their master, Mr. Jones (a human), the owner of Manor Farm. After Old Majors dead, two pigs raise to lead this revolt, Snowball and Napoleon, they Will lead the entire farm to fight Mr. Jones who Will flee in despair after being attacked by his animals.
The animals rule the farm after that even, everything is perfect, they decide what is best for them. They even have commandments that state that all animals are equal. The pig Snowball is the most popular in the farm, the animals consider him a hero for his actions against Mr. Jones and also teaches his fellow animals to read and write. The other pig, Napoleon, Will eventually get jealous of Snowball and Will start plotting against him.
When it is about classic books to read the name of George Orwell comes at least twice.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: must read classic books
This novel is about censorship. Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman. He lives in a world where books are illegal thus censoring knowledge, a metaphorical way of suppressing dissenting ideas. Firemen’s are exactly the opposite to firefighters, their job is not to extinguish fires but to set fire to books and the houses that hide them. Guy Montag never questioned his job until he meets a Young neighbor, Clarisse, who Will tell him about a past where one saw the world through the books instead of the televisión. The fireman Will begin to question all he knows, he Will start hiding books in his home becoming an outlaw.
Just if you were wondering, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns
A story depicting a futuristic world state with an intelligence-based social hierarchy and genetically modified citizens. This book is about a world dominated through cunning, the hidden influence of elites and mass control. The story is set in 632 After Ford (AF) since Henry Ford is revered as a god due to his assembly line manufacturing process.
If you like this book you can also read Brave New World Revisited (1958). This is a reassessment on which the author considers if such years (the 1950’s) resemble the future world he created in his previous novel.
This story sets in the United States. It depicts a dystopian society in which business and enterprises suffer under over regulations and taxes. In this Danny Taggart, Will fight to keep her company alive facing the economic depression and government control over successful companies. While the government keeps taking control over industries some of the most brilliant businessmen in the country start disappearing mysteriously.
Be critical, and question everything, one of the best ways to learn. 😀
It is no surprise that a lot of these are dystopian stories, undesirable and even frightening alternative futures that we wish would never come true such as tyrannical government, environmental disasters or utter dehumanization. These books are a way for us to realize where the world is going (or might go), allowing us to reflect on it and doing our best to avoid these futures.
There are so many reasons we love books, isn’t it? But aside from loving them, there are those books which give you something different. You know that feeling right?
I mean those books that, despite having a fascinating plot, are able to blow your mind. These books are really powerful because they won’t only entertain you but they Will make you think and reflect. These books remind us how Little we know, and how much reading can provide us: different insights, new concepts, and ideas or even just a new life philosophy.
We have The Kingkilller Chronicles reading order for you, this is a medieval fantasy series that tells the story of Kvothe. This is one of the most popular fantasy series right now, and here you will find all Patrick Rothfuss books in order for this series.
Some call it The Name of The Wind series, which is not correct, since the series name is The Kingkilller Chronicles. In any case, here you have The Kingkilller Chronicle book order
The Kingkiller Chronicles reading order: all Patrick Rothfuss’ books in order
The best way to read this The Kingkilller Chronicles series is in order of publication.
Here you have all the books by Patrick Rothfuss’ in order.
A list with The Kingkiller Chronicles reading order
Here you have all Patrick Rothfuss’ books in order for the Kingkiller chronicles series. Notice that this series is not finished, the last installment of this series The Doors of Stone, is not yet published.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles 1)
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles 2)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (standalone)
The King Killer chronicles reading order, let`s know a bit more
Now that you know The King Killer chronicles reading order, let’s talk ab bit more about this fantasy series. You probably have heard about this saga already. The Kingkiller Chronicle is probably the most popular fantasy series right now. both lots of fans and critics consider this saga the heir of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books. Not because these stories are similar, they truly aren’t at all in fact, but because these novels by Patrick Rothfuss are expected to turn into a media phenomenon.
The books are of course already best sellers. That’s not all, these novels are not getting a Tv series like A Song of Ice and Fire did, or a movie adaptation like Mortal Engines, or “just” a video-game series as The Witcher. No, The Kingkiller Chronicle didn’t have to make such a choice, because it is getting all of it! movies/series/video-game, multiplatform experience. Yes, the full pack.
As you see, quite a big deal. Books have already a passionate fan base, and the potential to reach to reach a whole new audience with all these adaptations.
I just love the way the author, Patrick Rothfuss, shared this news on his webpage, let me show you a small fragment:
Then Lionsgate got in touch. “About that whole TV-show-and-a-movie thing you mentioned,” they said. “If we’re going to do some sort of big narratively intertwined multi-platform development deal based on your books, wouldn’t it make more sense to do a video game along with the TV show and movies? Because seriously, why wouldn’t we want to do a video game too?” (I’m paraphrasing a little here you understand.)
I said, “What?”
The films will cover the book’s story while the tv series will be a prequel. I will write about this in detail in “To the big screen” though, let’s focus on the books right now.
What is The Kingkiller Chronicle about?
This series genre is Heroic Fantasy. As advanced in the post books like Kingkiller Chronicle this saga tells the story of Kvothe, a retired legendary hero who will narrate his life adventure to Chronicler (a scribe). The book is structured so it’s the same Kvothe who tells his own story, while there are certain interludes where the interaction between Kvothe and Chronicler is described. Kvothe tells with delightful detail how his life was from his childhood to present.
The story is set in the fantastic world of Temerant. While the story is crude and compelling, the characters are powerfully built, and the action is truly convincing. I love the pace and flow in each chapter, the story is so engaging you really wish Kvothe to succeed! The author made a great work, the writing is a subtle combination of power and beauty.
The book is really accessible, so not only fantasy readers will love this, there is no need to be into medieval fantasy genre to enjoy this book. I
Does The Kingkiller Chronicle have romance?
Yes, The Kingkiller Chronicles has a bit of romance. The love sublplot centers mainly in the figure of Denna, a homeless girl who will become the main romantic interest of Kvothe.
So yes, if you are looking for a fantasy story with a slight touch of romance, this series fits your interests.
Why is Kingkiller Chronicle so popular? is The Name of the Wind worth reading?
This is a compelling story with a charismatic main character. The fact that it’s the same Kvothe who tells his own story makes it somehow intriguing and makes you wonder what happened in order to make this talended in everything boy become the owner of a tavern.
This series gets good since the beginning, The Name of the Wind will make you turn pages like crazy. So yes, The Name of the Wind is worth reading, you have to read this story for sure.
How long is The Kingkiller Chronicle? is it finished?
The King Killer Chronicle is a trilogy. The first two novels are already published while the third and last book has no release date yet. So for those wondering if the Kingkiller Chronicles is finished the answer is no, still not complete.
Regarding the last volume of the series, there is no release date yet for The Doors of Stone.
This book series have already sold over ten million copies and the two first novels in the trilogy are of course Bestsellers.
Here are some awards achieved by the author and his novels:
Quill Award (2007)
“Best Books of the Year” (2007) – Publishers Weekly–
NPR Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books (2011)
Ranked 3rd in “Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels” (2012) –Locus–
How has The Kingkiller Chronicle been received by critics?
The critics are in general positive, all of them praise the author and his manuscripts:
I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he’s an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven’t been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It’s certain to become a classic.” The London Times
“No ordinary fantasy full of pointless quests and overblown drama. Rather, it is a finely tuned coming-of-age story, full of humor, action and the occasional dose of magic.”
“Writers like George R.R. Martin and Gene Wolfe are old hands at revitalizing old tropes, giving fantasy the depth and humanity of the great literary novels, but Rothfuss sets out to retell what should be the most familiar tale of all, in the most familiar mode (the triple-decker). Remarkably, he does make it fresh again in this opening book, complete with an interesting take on magic that adds both emotional impact and intellectual excitement. So bring on volume two!” Locus
Is The Kingkiller Chronicle good ?
You should definitely read The Kingkiller Chronicle, the story will captivate you and you will want to know more about the story of Kvothe. Given that the story is not yet complete, you might want to start it later when the last book in the series comes out. Your choice here!
There you had it, The Kingkiller Chronicles reading order. Did you add it to your to be read list?
As you see, a must-read saga. I bet you will claim this when you end these books: Wottaread! 😀
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