Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

Top 5 Wednesday is a Booktube group which makes book related top five lists. I’m not very regular with my Youtube videos so I’ll post them here instead when I can.

For more info on the group looks here on the Goodreads page:


This week is ‘Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre ’. Generally everything I read has magic in it so these books will mostly be in the same kind of area. That being said my first and last one isn’t really magic based:


5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

I found this to be a great introduction to YA / dystopian future kind of books. Admittedly I haven’t read much more of them, but thanks to Hunger Games I won’t rule them out of my reading material like I did before.





4) Sweep / Wicca series by Cate Tiernan:

This was my first introduction into magic and started my love of witches and the supernatural … in books anyway… It’s probably a good gateway to get into fantasy, or more specifically urban fantasy. It’s not too heavy and the characters are relatable, especially at that age.



3) Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead:

Keeping with the urban fantasy theme, these books are a good way to get into an offshoot of it… vampires. They weren’t the first ones I read but they are one of the more memorable. Much like Sweep it doesn’t start off to heavy, so it’s easy to get introduced into the world.




2) Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling:

Probably one of the greatest series in the world, it had to be on the list. This is definitely the best gateway into magic and fantasy. Harry Potter has touched so many lives with its great characters and fascinating world. I never would have read books like Throne of Glass or even A Song of Ice and Fire without it. While it isn’t set in a secondary world itself like those books it’s the perfect first step to get into those kind of books.




1) Smoke by Dan Vyleta:

I probably should have ended on Harry Potter but I wanted something a bit different for number 1. I think this book it a good step to get into classics like Dickens or even Austen if you mainly read books about magic. I’m not sure if it is magic in this book but either way it has the same kind of tone as classics and is a good way of getting a feel for them.







Goodreads Links:


Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead:-


Smoke by Dan Vyleta:-



Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:-


Sweep / Wicca series by Cate Tiernan:-


Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling:-