#Top5Wednesday 25


Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is gateway books to your favorite genre.  Seeing as I read more than one genre, I decided to split them up.

Fantasy/High Fantasy:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein- I honestly feel like Tolkein is the founder of high fantasy, and The Hobbit is on the shorter side of most fantasy and high fantasy books making it the perfect starter book.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis- This is another one that is on the shorter side of fantasy books.  This book is such an adventure and it’s always one that I love to re-read.  It’s also a great book for younger readers.


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- A lot of the classics can be intimidating due to their larger size, however, this one is perfect for people who want to start reading the classics.

Greek Literature and Mythology:

The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles- These are also known as the three Theban plays, one of which tells the story of Oedipus the King.  The plays are not too long and quite entertaining.

The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes- This 155-page epic tells the story of Jason and the search for the Golden Fleece.

*Disclaimer: These are just my opinions on what books are great gateway books to these genres.

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