Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre – – What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?
The genre I am choosing to focus on for this week is fantasy, because, let’s be honest, the historical fiction genre is getting some real great hype right now so let’s instead talk about underappreciated fantasy novels.
With thirty-one days gone in January it’s time to present my contribution to Top 5 Wednesday for the week of January 31.
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Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Miramax (March 31, 2001)
Print Length: 316 pages
I cannot accurately describe to you how battered and worn my copy of Artemis Fowl was when I was a kid. For all of the younger blog readers out there I would go so far as to compare Artemis Fowl to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series but published four years earlier. With publications like Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl kind of fell by the wayside, but with a new movie adaptation slated to come out, here is hoping Artemis sheds its hidden gem status.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Scholastic Books (September 1, 1998)
Print Length: 232 pages
This is a book that has stuck with me since childhood, so it is unfortunate that in my adult life Ella Enchanted seems like a hidden gem in the fantasy world. It’s a retelling of Cinderella, one of my least favourite fairy tales, so for me to include it shows a small sign of maturity. Unlike everyone else on Goodreads, however, I love the book and the movie adaptation separately from one another. If you ever need a cute, short, fantasy read, Ella is your girl.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 30, 2008)
Print Length: 286 pages
Another short retelling, this one of The Jungle Book, I do believe, so far as Gaiman’s work goes, The Graveyard Book is a hidden gem in the fantasy world. Nobody is an amazing protagonist, and to see him grow and evolve through out the book is very reminiscent of growing older.
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #10 by Helene Wecker
Publisher: Harper (April 23, 2013)
Print Length: 486 pages
I loved The Golem and the Jinni when I read it back in 2016, review here, and have been painstakingly awaiting for the sequel, The Iron Season, ever since. However, even though I read it in 2016, The Golem and the Jinni was published in 2013 and thus I feel like it has fallen off everyone’s fantasy radar. With the sequel slated for publication in 2018, I think everyone should pick up this gem before the next book is released.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperTeen (June 12, 2007)
Print Length: 328 pages
Wicked Lovely was the fantasy book that originally had me buying every other faerie book I could get my hands on. As there was an influx of publishing made in this fantasy sub genre since its publication I tend to count Wicked Lovely as one of those hidden gems, which in my opinion is unfortunate. If you want action, friendship, and swoon worthy romance maybe consider picking this one up?
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And those are my top 5 books I consider to be hidden gems in the fantasy genre. Do you have any books that could fill this Top 5 Wednesday? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it!