Top 5 Wednesday September 28: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

What books do you think are good to introduce people to your favorite genre? If you have more than one favorite genre, feel free to split it up to cover both.

I have a lot of favorite genres. But on the top of my list is Fantasy, Sci-fi and Dystopian. So I choose Dystopian and sci-fi.


1984 by George Orwell

This was the first dystopian book I read. And it blew me away. And made me fell in love with the dystopian genre. I love to read about different dystopian societies, that is not like our society today. I think it is very interesting. 1984 is also a classic, and a very important book. It shows how our society might become one day. Where the big brother watches and controls your whole life. It is really scary to think about. Everyone should read this book.  

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is an entertaining and fun read. I really liked the first book in the series. This book has a very interesting society. This book is a great book to start with. It is not too heavy to read. And very story driven.

Red Rising by Peirce Brown

This book is both a dystopian and science fiction. I really like this series. The politics and the society in this book is very interesting and intriguing. I really like the world building, I’m a sucker for a good world building. And the story is very exciting.


If you are new to science fiction. I don’t want to recommend book that are heavy on the science part. Because I think that can scare away some readers that is not familiar with scientific concepts etc.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is a fast-paced and a really fun read. It has a lot of 80 pop culture references. That is a big part of the story. And the VR (virtual reality) world is really cool. I love this book. I think of it as a sci-fi because it is taking part in a VR world.

Illuminae by Amie Kayfman & Jay Kristoff

This book is taking part in space. The ships is trying to get to safety to save everyone on board. But there is several dangers. An crazy AI that runs the ship, and more that I don’t want to spoil. This book is one of my favorites of all time. It also is mixed media. You need to check it out.

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