In March of last year, I made a list of my Top Favorite Books in every genre and I realized a lot has changed since then. I initially made this list because I can’t fathom the idea of having only one favorite book. If someone ever asks me what favorite book is, I stumble over my words and try to go through my mental list of favorites. It all depends on the day. In today’s post I discuss my favorite books from each major genre and why.
Young Adult Contemporary:
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky -OR-
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton (magical realism)
SEE. I can’t choose!
Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction : A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (sorry, not sorry). I didn’t love the series as a whole, but strictly on its own I appreciated ACOTAR for being the most imaginative fairytale re-telling I’ve ever read. I want to say I really liked Sabriel by Garth Nix, but it was published in 1995 so I need to reread it because it’s been soon long. I do remember it being a YA Fantasy I enjoyed back then. Erg. I guess I’ll just go ahead and add The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. It’s such a mixed genre (science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia). Depending on the day at least one of those three are my favorite.
Side note: I’m reading more works by Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare this year. With the exception of Cassandra Clare, most of these authors were barely on my radar until I went to BookCon 2017.
Young Adult LGBT Contemporary: I’m going to cheat and say anything by Jen Wilde, Adam Silvera, or Becky Albertalli. I like all of their books!
Indie Book/Hidden Gem: As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
Adult Classic: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Children’s Classic: Alice and Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
Children’s Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Fantasy: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – The first book was actually enjoyable. I don’t plan to continue the book series though. I’m open to finding other adult fantasy series because obviously I picked a popular one. My current on-the-radar adult fantasy writers are Jay Kristoff and V.E. Schwab.
Sci-Fi: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Foreign Fiction: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Humor/Essay: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Non-fiction/Memoir: Night by Elie Wiesel
Literary Fiction: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Overall Fiction: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth E. Lang
It will be interesting to see how these might change by the end of the year. Can you pick one favorite book or do you have several? What did you think of my list? In the comment section, I discuss my “Least Read Genres”. What are yours? Let me know!