Best Books by Genre (According to Me)

So, if you haven’t noticed, (which you probably haven’t), I love to read!

I read everything I can. All sorts of genres, (except for horror… me and horror really don’t mix well…)

So to celebrate books, (hey, why not?), I’m listing my top two from each genre.

Let’s go!


Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman


This is set during the Holocaust and it’s an amazing, powerful book. I’ll admit…I cried, I cringed… I cared so much for Alicia. So, so good.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier


For a more modern story, (around 1980s), this is a graphic novel about a girl who loses her front teeth. The result is a hilarious and touching story about growing up and finding yourself.


So I decided I’d count these for both,

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by …Nathan Hale…

One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy


Big Bad Ironclad!

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!

These are such great, funny, informative books! They too in graphic novel form, so that’s a plus. 😉 The first one is about the Revolutionary War, and the second is about the Civil War. There are so far, five books in the series.


Holy Bible: NKJV

What can be said? “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.”

Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley

Elsie Dinsmore

This is a great historical-type fiction about a girl who lives on her uncles plantations, but is teased relentlessly by her cousins. Can she trust God to bring her through? The series is meaty, but satisfying.


Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense & Sensibility

This is one of the thickest books I’ve ever read, but man was it worth it! Soooo good!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrations by Eric Shanower

Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

This wonderful edition of the classic tale is absolutely delightful! The illustrations are fantastic alongside the actual story.


Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book by Nancy Rue

Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book (Real Life, #1)

This is such a great book! It’s about a girl who has ADHD, and is suddenly whisked off to live with the father she never knew. Super good and inspiring.

House of Robots by James Patterson

House of Robots

This was a recent read, and to tell the truth? I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I fell in love with the characters and it had me laughing out loud most of the time.


So, I’ve only really read one series in the dystopian genre, and if you’ve read my previous post about fandoms, you’ll probably guess…

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Ok, so I can’t give away much without spoiling it, but…READ IT! Please! It’s such a good series! I am so pumped for Winter!



There are soooo many fantasy books that I love, so it kills me that I’m only putting two down.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted

I really just love this book…there’s nothing more to say. 😉

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, #1)

So, this series is sorta for younger kids, but I still love it… 😉

Graphic Novels;

So I already included some graphic novels…but…

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrations by Nathan Hale (yep, ^^ that guy!)

Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)

This is such a fun, spunky book! Illustrations just add to the fun. There is a second book about Jack and the Beanstalk that’s really fun too.

Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick by Jennifer L. Holm

Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff

So, this isn’t really a graphic novel, but a story told in pictures. It’s so funny and great! There is also another book about middle school that’s also really good.

Historical Fiction;

The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Lacemaker and the Princess

This is about the French Revolution and it’s one of the most powerful, moving books I’ve read. So amazingly good…

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

The Friendship Doll

This is a really interesting book told from a doll’s point of view, as well as the people she encounters. A very good historical read!


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


Such an intriguing, picture filled, screenplay-type book! I love all of the illustrations and the mystery is very interesting.

The American Girl History Mysteries by a variety of authors

The Smuggler's Treasure (American Girl History Mysteries, #1)

I loved these books as a kid, and I still think they are wonderfully great books for beginning readers, or for someone who loves a fun mystery.

And, as a bonus…

Superhero Fiction;

Sidekicked by John David Anderson


I love this book! It mixes normal, everyday school life, with being a sidekick to a superhero! Very, very good!

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

The Candy Shop War

Oh man…was this ever crazy! In a good way, of course. I can’t even really describe the plot cause it’s kinda crazy. It kinda just took an interesting turn… :O

Writing Craft;

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

This is such a great resource for writers! Funny, informative, and just plain fun! 🙂

The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarky

The Word Snoop

This is more of a fact book about words and the alphabet, but it’s still really good!

Ok, whew! That was…I think I got everything? I have so many more favorites though… I’ll be reviewing some more of those books on my blog pretty soon though…

Thanks for reading! 😉


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