TTT: All-Time Favourite Books of X Genre

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish and this week we pick our top favourite books in X genre. I’ll let each book warrior pick their genre (no repeats, please) and remember YA and MG are not genres. Okay, go:


The genre I pick is horror/paranormal, but I guess most of these are scary because they mess with your minds, not because they particularly make use of horror tropes:

  1. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  4. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  5. Salsa Nocturna: Stories by Daniel José Older



Wordless picture books wordless picture books wordless picture books!!

I pick wordless picture books!

Only ten, though? This could be a real challenge….

  1. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  2. Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
  3. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  4. Journey by Aaron Becker
  5. The Boy and The Airplane by Mark Pett
  6. Float by Daniel Miyares
  7. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
  8. Pool by JiHyeon Lee
  9. Wave by Suzy Lee
  10. Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann


I pick SFF because how can I not?

  1. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
    A heist high fantasy with a black woman as the ringleader. It’s superb and my library is getting books 2 and 3. I can’t wait to revisit this world.
  2. The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy by Martha Wells
    This was fantastic. A nice mix between science and fantasy, matriarchal societies, portals, ships, wonderful things. I fancy a reread.
  3. The Witch’s Boy – Kelly Barnhill
    4. Books of Oreyn by Cat Hellisen
  4. The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
  5. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  6. The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
  7. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
  8. The Water and the Wild – K. E. Ormsbee
  9. Spiritwalker – Kate Elliott
  10. The Books of Pellinor – Alison Croggon


Historical fiction

  1. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope: Elizabethan England and people who may or may not be the faerie folk.
  2. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: horribly inaccurate (Hapshetsut was AMAZING, not evil, thank you very much) but I love the bold, almost amoral protagonist.
  3. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden: Niska, an Oji-Cree medicine woman, and her nephew Xavier, who serves as part of the Canadian forces in the Great War, and their healing and regaining of self.
  4. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. As I’ve said before, explosions! historical fiction that reads like fantasy! mentor-figures and best friends and adventure!
  5. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster: which is kind of cheating because it was a contemporary novel when she wrote it buuuut contemporary then is history today, so can this count? The novel helped bring about orphanage reform in the USA, which was an important historical shift, right?
  6. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: women in World War Two.
  7. Elizabeth Wein’s Aksumite novels, particularly A Coalition of Lions: Aksum (modern-day Ethiopia, mostly) and Camelot (part of modern-day Britain) and a marvelously complex world with marvelously twisty and determined characters.