“Books that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category.”
Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!
I missed last week due to the topics being seriously delayed, so this week there’s two instead! Firstly, I love books that don’t specifically fit into one category or genre. Below are my top five genre-benders!
5/ The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I felt that this book was more than a historical fiction, but was also a contemporary and ‘coming-of-age’ story as Death follows the life of the little girl.
4/ The Time-Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
This book’s main focus was on the romance between the characters, and their life, which makes the book fit the category of a romance and contempory. But due to the time-travelling aspect, the book also has elements of fantasy and science fiction.
3/ Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
This could’ve been classed as a horror in certain parts due to the amount of gore and murder, but it is mainly a historical fiction novel. At times it felt like a thriller as well, and when we followed the two main characters trying to find the murderer, it has elements of a mystery as well.
2/ Cinder – Marissa Meyer
This is primarily a fantasy/re-telling, but as the main character is a cyborg, it also fits in the science fiction genre. And there’s also romance between the characters which is fairly prominent throughout the story.
1/ IT – Stephen King
IT has so many elements to it! (For a 1,100 page book it kind of had to have more elements) It is mainly classified as a horror book, however it also has elements of paranormal and fantasy/science fiction. The suspense in certain parts makes it feel like a thriller at times, and as we are following the Losers Club through their lives, it can also be classed as slightly contemporary or ‘coming of age’?
So what were your favourite ‘genre-bending’ books? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!