Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.
This week is top five books that are genre benders: books that defy a certain genre or that are hard to place in just one. Let me know your top five in the comments!
1. My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies
Usually there’s historical fiction and then there’s fantasy, this book is a witty combination of both. The fantasy is like none I’ve other read, and while not completely factually accurate, I still feel like you learn a sizeable amount of history from the story of Lady Jane Grey and how she very briefly became queen.
2. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
One of my all-time favorite series here. I would describe The Lunar Chronicles as a sort of sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy? I mean it includes space travel, and other planets (well the moon, but still), but all of this is set in a new empire system restructured off what we have now, and then it’s also a retelling of classic fairytales so like fantasy maybe. I don’t know, it’s got lots of stuff and you should read it if you haven’t.
3. The Conspiracy of Us series by Maggie Hall
Ya know, this takes part in like modern-day but isn’t really a YA contemporary because of the like quest/action/adventure plot. I guess it’s a thriller? Kind of young adult Indiana Jones-esque. I adore it though, and I believe it’s one of the most undeservingly underhyped recent series.
4. Wintersong b S. Jae-Jones
This is another sort-of historical fiction and fantasy blend. We have the real world our protagonist Liesl lives in and then the goblin world she gets forced into. I just loved this novel, it was so unique and enchanting—inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem The Goblin Market.
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Okay, not a big genre jump here but I feel like Fangirl straddles that line between YA and NA. Just by Cath’s age and her being in college would classify it as new adult usually, but I still like the voice and relatablility and subject matter is very true to how young adult makes me feel. Either way, it doesn’t matter the age demographic because this book is great.