Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
In celebration of my (Gwen’s) birthday, and a special request from best friend Lydia, Gwen & Kate’s Library presents Gwen & Kate’s Young Adult Fiction Recommendations Flowchart!
This flowchart covers all of our favorite young adult genres (some more loved than others, as shown by the amount in those categories), organized with a main genre at the top (e.g. Classics, Fantasy, Historical), then with smaller sub-genres as you go down (e.g. Paranormal, Time Travel, Renaissance). Under each main genre the sub-genres are ordered purposefully, for example under Fairy Tales they are in order by how common the tale is, and under Historical they are in loose chronological order. Under each sub-genre they are ordered either starting with our favorite book, or the one that best fits the sub-genre label. Many books also have additional smaller arrows pointing to them with other sub-genres. This is done if the book fits into more than one category (they all do really, but some more clearly than others), and an arrow such as this pointing down shows that all books in that sub-genre also fall into that alternative sub-genre (e.g. all the Historical: Knights books are also Fantasy). This is not meant to confuse, but only to clarify any organizational questions!
Many of these books have already been reviewed on our blog or are in our favorite book lists. Hope you enjoy! (Click on the image for a larger and clearer version.)
Looking for more? If you love flowcharts as much as we do, check these out too: Young Adult Summer Reading List, So You’d Like to Read a YA Novel…, and Greenlight Reads: YA for All Ages. For genre flowcharts, we recommend Is Your YA Paranormal Romance Cliche Enough?, and Is it Dystopia? For more fantastic book recommendations, check out these brochures made by a librarian blogger: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, and more! Other blogs that have great flowcharts and infographics include Epic Reads (specifically their Planet YA info graphics and their YA Retellings Flowchart) and The Hopeful Heroine (her Judging Genres posts are very informative and interesting — our favorite is her Young Adult Guide to Fantasy).