For whatever reason, big or small.
The Hobbit is the first book (I’m not counting picture books) I’ve ever read. I was seven, and since then I’ve always loved fantasy. When I was ten, I read The Silmarillion side by side with Twilight (One of them was boring. It wasn’t The Silmarillion.) and when I was eleven I read The Lord of the Rings and started The Shannara Chronicles. All because of The Hobbit.
City of Bones
When I was 13, I stopped reading for reasons I’m not going to get into now. When I was 15, I picked up City of Bones, and I decided I wanted to start reading again. I didn’t love that book at the time, and now I don’t even like it, but it made me realize I wanted read YA.
Shadow and Bone
If the previous books made me fall in love with reading, I’m here because of this one. This is The YA book, the reason I’m still reading now, and the reason I have a blog. I started writing reviews because I needed to tell someone how much I love this.
The Stars Are Legion and Ninefox Gambit
These two books made me realize two things: adult sci-fi is great (I haven’t had good experiences with YA sci-fi) and so are adult books. Up to that point, I had only read older books (LoTR & similar) and adult/YA crossovers (like Uprooted). I loved most of them, but it took me The Stars Are Legion and Ninefox Gambit – which are not crossover books – to understand that adult SFF isn’t only men writing grimdark fantasy in really misogynistic worlds or tomes full of flat characters.
[Seriously, if you ask for adult SFF recommendations half of what you get is Brandon Sanderson. Why. I don’t get the hype.]
I loved these two books, and many of my favorites of 2017 are adult books.
Also: if you have adult SFF recommendations that are not grimdark stuff or Brandon Sanderson, tell me in the comments! I’m always looking for them.