This or That Books

I think it’s interesting how books can be from the same genre, but have such very different types of writing, stories, characters, and setting. I made a list of some genres I’ve read and books in them that, while they have some similarities, are very different overall. Which of each two would you choose to read?

Fairy Tale Retelling

  •  Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Futuristic, thrilling, magical, intriguing, unique
  •  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Charming, lighthearted, whimsical, adventurous

Realistic Fiction

  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: Inspiring, heart-warming, emotional, authentic
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: Informative, moving, beautiful, potent


  • The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill: Engaging, sharp, plotted, fast-paced
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward: Puzzling, clever, intricate, amusing

Historical Fiction

  •  Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith: Gripping, exciting, informative, well-structured
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder: Poignant, lyrical, satisfying, driven


  •  A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan: Surprising, fun, adventurous, fast-paced
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini: World-building, complex, lush, powerful

Science Fiction

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: Riveting, thought-provoking, plotted, creative
  •  Swipe by Evan Angler: Suspenseful, intense, dark, atmosphere

Humorous Fiction

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall: Adorable, romping, nostalgic, refreshing
  •  Geek Girl by Holly Smale: Dramatic, fun, satirical, light-hearted

Let’s Chat!

Isn’t it interesting how books can be similar in some ways, but so different? Do you have a favorite genre or type of book to read?


8 thoughts on “This or That Books

  1. Hmm well I haven’t read Cinder, but I really want to. But I love Ella Enchanted. I read One Crazy Summer a long time ago (I think I liked it? xD) Mysterious Benedict Society is amazinggg. I haven’t read either of the historical fiction ones but both of them look good. Your review of A Touch of Gold made me want to read it ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve read the Inheritance Series, but I didn’t finish it. Eragon was my favorite. I haven’t read the sci-fi ones, but I’ve heard that the Giver is good-do you like it? I think I also read the Penderwicks a long time ago (ahhh I can’t remember all the books i’ve read) Anyways, that was a long comment o-O

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    • 1) Cinder is really good! I enjoyed it a lot. It is darker than Ella Enchanted, but it’s not bloody and violent like some other popular YA fantasies.
      2) I liked One Crazy Summer and thought it was a good book, but personally I preferred The Running Dream. I liked the main character better. The funny thing is, I didn’t like the other books by the author of The Running Dream.
      3) I love the Mysterious Benedict Society books! Who is your favorite character? I like Sticky. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Kate, with her bucket.
      4) The Historical Fiction ones are both pretty good! Audacity is written in verse, and was one of the first books I read written in verse.
      5) The Giver is amazing! It’s definitely on my list of favorite books. The whole series is good. It’s dystopian, but not hopeful and not super dark and chilling like some popular sci-fi. The movie was pretty good, but the book was better.
      5) I love long comments! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

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  2. This was such a great post to read Grace! ๐Ÿ’™ I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve read any of these books (oops!)…. Do you have a favourite one to recommend? I 100% agree that although books are classified as the same genre they are so different (thatโ€™s what makes each book unique & interesting though! โœจ)! Lovely post, Autumn x


    • Hmm… I really liked Flygirl. It’s a sort of character-driven book, and if you like books such as The Book Thief or The Hate U Give, you’d probably like it. My favorite plot-driven book on the list is probably The Giver.
      Thanks so much for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • From this list, my favorites were Cinder, Flygirl, The Running Dream, The Giver, and The Lost Girl of Astor Street.
      The Running Dream was so good! I’d definitely recommend that one. It’s the story of a girl who is a runner and loses a leg in an accident, and her journey through recovery and learning how to overcome her fear and run again with a prosthetic.
      I guess we do have similar taste in books! That’s fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for your comment!

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