I don't read much SciFi, but my Fantasy favorites are:
1: Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
2: Good Omen (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman)
My all time favorite Funtasy book
3: A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson)
I don't understand why so few recommend this series. I loved it.
4: A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin)
5: The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
It is totally different from LotR though it LotR follows the events of the Hobbit.
It is more of a childrens book rather than epic fantasy.
Does anyone except me have problems with how different Gandalfs character is in both books?