Total Nerd If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd  

Lowe Saddler
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List Rules Vote up the fantasies that really made you believe you were more than just a faux wizard.

You might think you're a real fantasy novel buff, but there are certain ways to discern your level of nerd commitment. You may have read a few of the Harry Potter novels. Heck, you may have read all seven, but do you know anything about N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy? Have you read anything by Tamora Pierce? Did you read A Song of Ice and Fire before George RR Martin's work became Game of Thrones? If you answer no to these questions, you have a lot of reading to do. Stay updated with the latest books with these popular book review channels on YouTube.

You can't consider yourself learned in the lore of magic and wizardry if you're unfamiliar with certain fantasy literary behemoths. Even if you don't prefer Arthurian legend classics, there's a plethora of great books that can school you on all things related to Merlin, the undeniable father of all wizards. You can dedicate a few weekends to broadening your horizons and reading all of the greatest fantasy series. 

If you've already read all of these series, well, you may be a little too invested. 

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed ...more

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1,894 228
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical ...more

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1,423 282
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of ...more

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A Song of Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By George RR Martin

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953 339
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and Chuck Dixon

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692 363
The Belgariad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By David Eddings

The Belgariad is a five-book fantasy epic written by David Eddings, following the picaresque journey of protagonist 'Belgarion' and his companions, first to recover a sacred stone, and later to ...more

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600 377
The Mists of Avalon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mists of Avalon is a 1983 novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which she relates the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters. The book follows the trajectory of ...more

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581 364
Mistborn: The Final Empire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first novel in the Mistborn trilogy written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was followed by The Well of Ascension in 2007 and The Hero of Ages in

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579 363
The Name of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is a fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss, the first book in a series called The Kingkiller Chronicle. It was published in 2007 by DAW Books with two possible hardcovers: one ...more

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601 383
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995) (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and ...more

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500 339
A Wizard of Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Ursula K. Le Guin'

A Wizard of Earthsea is a young-adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin, first published by the small press Parnassus in 1968. Set in the fictional archipelago of ...more

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The Farseer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Robin Hobb

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388 364
The Way of Kings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings is the first book of The Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series written by American author Brandon Sanderson. It was published by Tor Books and released on August 31, 2010. In ...more

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254 370
The First Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Joe Abercrombie 

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238 379
The Lies of Locke Lamora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a 2006 fantasy novel by Scott Lynch, the first book of the Gentleman Bastard series. Elite con artists calling themselves the "Gentleman Bastards" rob the ...more

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233 385
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

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211 362
Legend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By David Gemmell

Legend, published in 1984, is the first and most famous novel of British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss, who ...more

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178 375
Alanna: The First Adventure is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Tamora Pierce

Alanna: The First Adventure is a fantasy novel by Tamora Pierce, the first in a series of four books, The Song of the Lioness. It details the start and early days of Alanna of Trebond's training ...more

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144 355
Tigana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana is a fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay, set in a fictional country, the Peninsula of the Palm, that somewhat resembles medieval Italy as well as the Peloponnese in shape.

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138 363
'Broken Earth Trilogy' is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

By N.K. Jemisin