Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen & Kate’s Ginormous YA Fiction Recommendations Flowchart!

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.)

YA Fiction Book Flowchart-Final

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).


6 comments on “Gwen & Kate’s Ginormous YA Fiction Recommendations Flowchart!

  1. Lea Jurock
    May 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Lea At Sea and commented:
    Awesome flowchart!

    • gwenkate
      May 26, 2014

      Thank you! And thanks so much for the reblog!

  2. Alison
    June 12, 2014

    Great flowchart! I see lots of books I haven’t read yet so I may need to refer to this in the future.

    • gwenkate
      June 12, 2014

      Thank you! Which books have you read? Any favorites?

      • Alison
        June 12, 2014

        I’ve probably read about a 1/4 of the books on the chart (and want to read another 1/4). I’d say the Lunar Chronicles and Girl of Fire and Thorns top out on my favorites list. What are your favorite favorites on the chart?

      • gwenkate
        June 12, 2014

        I just finished reading Cinder recently and a review is soon to come! Gosh, that is a hard question, so I’m just going to have to send you to my Favorites post from way back when. They have stayed mostly the same, but I think I would add Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama to the list, if not the flowchart as well. A review is soon to come for that one too (I’m a bit behind having only just finished final exams today)! And I love Girl of Fire and Thorns as well! I’m just too torn to decide :-)

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