Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre. T5W

Gateway books to your favorite genre that’s like asking for the top 5 recommended books by you. Heck of a question, ain’t it? Soon you find yourself in the middle of your room with stacks of books around you, looking for those few chosen ones that you want to name for the post, whew! You love these books and you want someone to read them, what to say that they will take it? LOL. I am doing this post for Goodreads group Top 5 Wednesday run by Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey ofGingerreadslainey.

If you have read about me you will know that my most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure. I have already listed The Hobbit & LOTR by J R R Tolkien there. LOTR is a mammoth with more than 1000 pages to its credit but the book is filled with glorious imagination. I won’t be taking these two in the list nor Harry Potter. I am a reader of many genres so I will be listing a few books/manga that I have come to love simply because of their style, storyline and the depth of humanity they focus on.

My most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure but I don’t stop at that only my second favorites are food, psychological thriller, romance. So, here goes nothing…

Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

No.1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
A children’s book, fantasy adventure genre. In the language of the BFG this book is readelicious. I came across this book at the start of this year and instantly fell in love with its writing style, verbs and the story that opened itself as a rosebud.  Roald Dahl after all. It also has a movie which, sadly I haven’t seen yet.

Read the book for wonderful curious writing, some giants who aren’t friendly & the tiny girl who befriended a lonely big friendly giant.

No.2 Monster by Naoki Urasawa

Monster poster
Monster Poster by Correlola on Deviant Art

Written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa this manga belongs to suspense thriller, psychological (horror) genre. The main protagonist Dr. Kenzō Tenma is a Japanese origin brain surgeon living in Germany. He has a bright future ahead of him.

One day he has to choose between operating on the mayor or the scheduled operation of a child that he is supposed to perform. His choice to save the child first makes a huge impact on his future. Not only because he will face problems in his career but also because the child he saves is a byproduct of war, a psychological warfare instrument. What happens next sends Dr. Kenzō Tenma on run and search for the truth.

No.3 Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Do I need to write a description or Neil Gaiman name is enough? Fantasy-Adventure-Romance & Thriller altogether. If you haven’t seen the movie or have seen it doesn’t matter. This novel will take you on a star-studded journey across the Wall and beyond. Neil Gaiman perceived this idea on a starry evening when he saw some stars falling (Scientifically known as Meteoroids falling into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up).

You have to believe, otherwise it will never hapen.

~ Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Tristan is a young man living in a village named The Wall. Like its name the village is surrounded by a wall and no one is permitted to go beyond it. Someone did go, Tristan’s father. Now a young Tristan madly in love with Victoria, the village belle, rich and spoiled faces a problem when he tells her he will bring a fallen star for her hand in marriage. Comes in the Babylonian Candle which lets one travel to their desired place once they lit it, it can only be used once. Must read the story I say.

No.4 PS. I love you by Cecelia Ahern
An Irish by birth Ahern was just 21 when she published this international best seller and I was just 19 when I read this. The book left a lasting impression on me. The characters of Holly & Gerry are just unbelievable. Gerry is dying and he makes sure that his so in love with him wife move on once he is gone. Can you imagine if something like this was to happen in reality? So much love that your heart just keeps expanding even when the one you love is gone? I am not a romance freak but this romance genre book is my forever favorite.

“Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we’re gone.”

~ Cecelia Ahern, PS. I love you

PS. Please don’t watch the movie before you read the book. It’s an okay movie with some really cheesy letter reading scenes but that’s about it. READ THE BOOK.

No.5 Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
This wonderful book belongs to children’s literature, a classic book. I read this book for fun and fell in love with Peter Rabbit and his childish adventures. Nothing better than a little rabbit who happens to mischiefs or should I say the otherwise? Haha…

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. gateway books to your favorite genre

Peter Rabbit is Beatrix Potter’s first book, a book that was thought of as a bunny book and publishers thought it would not cut it. I love the book because Beatrix Potter was one heck of a woman & her work is amazing. My niece has heard it thousand times as she slept in her cradle and I’ll gift it to her when she is old enough to read it herself. A magical tiny book, read it to your children.

You can hear the story here.


For another one of my favorite food genre novels, I can write a huge post, which I think I will in near future. Writing these posts for T5W is amazing. I remember so many books I have read, the fun times and the joy. Take a look at the group and take part if you like.

Leave me a comment if you’d like to share some of your favorite books to your favorite genres.

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  • PS I Love You had me crying!!

    • hehe… I still remember sitting awestruck and just thinking about the huge world the novel opened up for me..

  • LOTR thumbs up**am a fan too** .. and yea Cecilia she is brilliant.. Loved her works.

    I read all.. fiction or nonfiction I just love to read them.

    There are many but for this post am going with the following 5!

    1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
    2. Malgudi Days by R K Narayan
    3. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (Terrific writer)
    4. Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
    5. Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

    Happy Reading!!

    Josh

    • Oh my God! This is awesome…Hi5 LOTR Fan! I have read all of these books except Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. It’s great to know someone likes to read many genre and don’t just prefer one.. thumbs up to you my friend. 😀

      Have a happy weekend 🙂

  • Some great recommendations here, especially “P.S. I Love You”. I’ve seen that title in the bookstore many times, but was never keen to pick it up. But now that I’ve read your thoughts on the book, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

    • So you like romance books more? Do share what you think, would love to know what you thought about the book.

  • I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I think I could become one. I find your five book listings here fascinating. So different from what mine would be, yet all are important and tell a lot about the reader. Back to fantasy – have you read any books by Indie author D. Wallace Peach? She’s the reason I think I could learn to like fantasy. Her THE SORCERER’S GARDEN is delicious. And I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman, but I’ve come across his name when finding wonderful quotes about writing. hmmmmm. I may have to check out his books. Do you recommend one the most?

    • Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful starting book for adults & YA readers. I haven’t read The Sorcerer’s Garden but now I’ll look for it on Amazon India. I read D. Wallance Peach’s blog regularly. Which genre do you love the most? Recommend me a few books.:)

  • My favourite genre is thriller/mystery. And, among all the books you mentioned, I’ve read only LOTR and BFG…. :/

    • Wow thriller/mystery… Have you read all Sidney Sheldon books? Recommend me some books from this genre.

      • Yes, almost all of them 😀 Not only Sheldon, but P.D James, Christie, Stieg Larsson, Grisham, Ludlum, Patterson, Dan Brown and numerous not-so-famous ones… 😀

        As you are much fond of Japanese Anime, I can recommend Keigo Higashono for you… you’ll love the detection procedure in his stories… 🙂

        • wow okay, I’ll make sure to read Keigo Higashino 😀 I have read Stieg Larsson, Grishm, Dan Brown & Patterson (Waiting to be read actually!lol)… Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

          Have a wonderful week.

      • Higashino***

  • awwww. 😀 love Neil and Cecilia! 😀