T5W Sep. 28th – Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre


Hello everyone!

Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre and I was originally going to talk only about books about High Fantasy which is my favorite genre, but most of those I’ve already talked about. So I decided to add my second favorite genre Historical Fiction. I’m gonna talk about some of the books I feel like are great introductions to these genres.

SO let’s get started!

#5: Sekret
by Lindsay Smith

Sekret Cover

This is one of the most underrated books on my entire read list of books. It’s really disappointing that not a lot of people have read it. It’s about a young girl who gets taken in by the KGB in an effort to recruit her into their program of psychic teenagers. One of my favorite parts is the fact that the setting is very detailed, the 1960’s is tangible as you read, even if you are in Russia.

#4: These Shallow Graves
by Jennifer Donnelly

These Shallow Graves Cover

This is one of my favorite books of all time! I loved the combination of historical fiction, feminism and murder mystery. I loved the way Jennifer sets up the story and the way the tension grows and grows as it continues. This story includes a lot of harsh truths about the setting and it also describes the circumstances really well and creates a great contrast between that time and now.

#3: Jackaby
by William Ritter

Jackaby Cover

This is another one of my favorites. It has a great combination of historical fiction and paranormal elements. It’s fun and entertaining while still keeping you immersed into the setting. The characters are awesome and I’m a huge fan of how the series develops as a whole and I wish more people would give it a chance.

#2: Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

Graceling Cover

There’s a lot of high fantasy I could’ve talked about but I didn’t want to mention books that are pretty obvious (ie: Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms). This is an older HF series, it’s been completed for a while and I think it’s a great introduction for the genre if you’ve never tried it before. It’s not an overly complicated world and the characters have very distinct personalities. This is also a great introduction to companion books in one series, each book in this series has different protagonist and stories but they all overlap and connect in a unique way.

#1: Poison Study
by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study Cover

I feel like I’ve made it my life’s mission to constantly recommend this series on my blog but I just can’t help myself. This is another fantasy series that isn’t too complicated for someone that’s just starting out in the genre. It’s fast paced, easy to read, and the world is very straightforward. The first book doesn’t delve into the magic system a lot but the whole series tells the story of the main character’s journey of discovery and self-acceptance which I really enjoyed.

So that’s it for this post! Let me know your favorite genre and what books you would recommend for someone just starting out in it. I’d love some recs specially if it’s something that’s not High Fantasy or Historical Fiction. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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