I've always been intimidated by the Forgotten Realms. It feels like there's just too much of it to really get a sense of what it's about. However, this last year I've been playing more Adventurer's League, and as that takes place in Forgotten Realms, I find myself wanting to give my characters more of a connection to the world rather than having generic background stories. With that in mind, for those of you who love the Realms, what would be your top 5 novels to recommend reading if I want to get a better sense of what the Forgotten realms is all about. Keep in mind I'm not asking for the best realms novels in terms of stories; I'm asking for the best novels in terms of learning about the forgotten realms.