Hi friends! I’m sorry for the lack of posts and blog-hopping, I was away for the entirety of last week. But I’m back now and I can’t wait to talk to everyone again! Anyways, Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. Honestly, consider this a part 1 in no particular order because I have too many favorite middle-grade books to name all in one post!
Okay, so we’re starting out predictable. I’m so on brand today. But truly, I love fairy-tales and this dark middle-grade take on good and evil and villains and heroes is just too fantastic. Plus, I read this five times in a row when I was younger so there’s the nostalgia factor too.
It’s been SO LONG since I’ve read this series! But Fablehaven is, in my honest opinion, one of the most underrated middle-grade series out there. It’s full of magical creatures, adventure, lovable characters, less lovable characters, and a really well-developed world that only expands as the series goes on. Brandon Mull is just a great middle-grade writer overall.
Remember when I said I loved fairy-tales? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding. The Land of Stories is another incredibly creative take on the world of familiar stories when two twins get sucked into a book of fairy-tales. It’s funny and heartwarming and so, so much fun.
I know I said recently that I love the prequel to this series even more than the series itself but The Mysterious Benedict Society is…classic. It’s mind-bending, full of friendship and trickery and clever children. I actually desperately want to reread this now.
I started predictable so you know I have to end predictable. Lockwood and Co is slightly creepy, absolutely riveting, and so funny that sometimes I can’t breathe for lack of air. I will always and forever recommend this series as being one of the most underrated series I’ve ever read.
So that’s it! If there’s one thing I’ve realized while making this post, it’s that for some reason I think that middle-grade falls prey to less tropes than YA and tends to be more creative. Discussion post in the future? Anyways, tell me about some of your favorite middle-grade books below!