Sometimes you stumble across a book just just speaks to you, right? The writing is perf, the story will NOT let you go and there’s just something special about it. And then you realise…it’s not YA *screams*
Is it magic? A mistake? FATE?
All of the above.
It’s so easy to get stuck in the same genre for months, even years of your reading. It’s where you’re comfortable and you feel like you’re among friends – authors you’ve grown up reading, stories you’ve loved forever and even those rec’ed by your author faves.
But you could be missing out on some seriously good reads just because they’re on a different shelf. So we’ve moved them over for you!
‘Cradle and All’ by James Patterson
When ‘Cradle and All’ was originally published in the Dark Ages (ahem, soz, 2000) it stormed the charts and everyone was a bit obsessed. Now it’s back on the shelves with a brand new look and a YA makeover and we totally get the fuss. A nun-turned-PI investigating virgin births as the world goes into meltdown? SOLD. Action, adventure and mystery totally does it for us.
‘A Long to a Small, Angry Planet’ by Becky Chambers
So you’ve probs heard of cosy crime, but how about cosy sci-fi? That is 100% what Becky Chambers’ debut is and WE LOVE IT. This book basically has everything for fans of YA: pitch-perfect character growth, strong diversity and LGBT+ themes and gorgeous writing. It’s basically you’re fave YA contemporary, but set in space.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Awood
If you love Louise O’Neil, you need to read Margaret Atwood. In Gilead the only function of a woman is to breed. If she breaks the rules or even slightly deviates from the path, she will be hanged or banished. But nothing can rid Offred of her desire, her want and her drive to be something more – but will she survive it? It’s dark, sinister and completely brilliant. A must-read in our current world.
‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson
Love Sarah J Maas and Laini Taylor? You need to get this series on your TBR. It’s fantasy on a epic scale and with incredible world-building, but it reads 100% effortlessly and not at all daunting (even with it’s size!). You’ll fall head over heels with Kel, Vin, Sazed and the gang as they battle to take down the evil Lord Ruler. This series is SO worth the commitment.
‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier
If you love the mystery/thriller elements of ‘Cradle and All’ then you’ll love this creepy, unsettling mystery. When the heroine of our story is working as a lady’s maid in the South of France, she falls quickly in love with Max de Winter and it isn’t long until she’s heading back to his home at Manderley as his wife. But the house and it’s inhabitants seem reluctant to let go of the first Mrs de Winter, especially as the mysterious way she died is revealed…
Have you ever re-arranged the shelves in a bookshop or library? Tell us in the comments below.