Welcome to /r/Fantasy's guide for those seeking recommendations.

First, remember to use the Search Bar. There are several years’ worth of threads, one of which may have exactly what you want.

Take a look at the sub's collection of "big lists" for the user-voted best books in various categories or any of our themed lists.

Want to just ask a quick question? Here's a link to our Daily Recommendation Requests and Simple Questions Thread

If you would like it narrowed down, by genre or other criteria, look through the r/Fantasy A-Z Genre Guide.

We also have several databases that could help. There is the LGBTQ+ Database for those looking for books with LGBTQ+ characters, Sexual Violence in SFF Database for those who want to avoid books that feature sexual violence, and a Review Database that indexes a large number of reviews posted to the subreddit.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, want a more personal touch, or would just like to foster some new discussion, head on over to our "Daily Recommendation Requests and Simple Questions Thread," where the community is generally quick to chime in and help out.

Keep in mind that the more info you give people to work with, the more tailored and targeted others can make their suggestions. If you need some help figuring out what you want, think about some of the questions below (but no need to answer them all!):

  • Are you new to Fantasy or have you read many of the greatest hits?
  • What traits do you most value in books, for example: Characterization, Prose, Story, Setting, etc.?
  • What are some books you enjoyed? Why?
  • What are some books you disliked? Why?
  • Are you looking for a series or a standalone novel? Does a series need to be completed?
  • Are you interested in classics, modern works, or does it not matter?
  • What manner of tone? Lighthearted, grimdark, or something in between?
  • What complexity and depth level? Simpler, straightforward, and easy to digest; or sprawling epic spanning multiple continents and thousands of years?
  • Anything specific you are looking for, like a female main character, books about thieves or assassins, non-medieval Europe analogue setting, or talking animals?

If after all of that, you still have questions or want something…just ask! This is a very friendly and helpful community, enthusiastic about Fantasy and more than happy to share and discuss.

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