Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was choose ten books I recently enjoyed even though they weren’t what I would typically read. So, this one is difficult for two reasons. One, I spent almost an entire year without reading. It was a rough year where I struggled to keep my head above water, metaphorically. I quit my job, started a new one, cut ties with toxic people in my life. It was a mess that left me with barely any time to read. Secondly, I don’t normally venture outside of my usual genres. I like what i like and stick to it mostly.

  1. Five by Ursula Archer : This is something I did quite recently read. It’s a thriller/police procedural novel translated into English from German. Mysteries, I’ve read before, but a vanilla, no sense of the supernatural, no vampires or werewolves or psychics. Just two humans solving human murders. I actually loved it! Really should try getting into more books like these.
  2. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber : Super strange and interesting book. A space book that is very metaphysical and a bit religious. I normally despise books with a religious/moral undertone. I read because it’s fun and I want to escape. I don’t want to read a book spewing propaganda towards one viewpoint. Yet, I didn’t feel that way with this novel. Religion was just there, not to be forced on the reader – just existing. The space and alien part of the book was really great and interesting as well. I’m still not sure I want to read more space stories, but I would be more open to it in the future.
  3. The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein : Like above, this is a book with a religious undertone and historical in genre. Still, I found it enjoyable and would definitely read more history YA books.
  4. Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans : THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING I still think about it years after reading it. I still wholeheartedly recommend it to others. Yet, this is a book I normally would never, ever read. It’s a war story that meshes Vietnam with magics and dragons but still keeps it a very human story. I just am so grateful that I decided to give it a try because it was amazing.
  5. The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley : Never ever would I normally pick up a book from this genre. I didn’t even know “New Weird” was a genre that existed! Yet, the synopsis for The Beauty really intrigued me and I decided to give it a read. I’m really happy I did! Like Of Bone and Thunder, I still think about this book years later. The writing was beautiful and the story so interestingly weird, it still comes to mind whenever anyone mentions fungus or dystopian female-less societies.

I guess, after looking at these top 5 books where I strayed genres, I should give other types of novels an opportunity.

What about you? What books caused you to stray from your norm?

About Lulu

Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and the three cats with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.

9 replies to “Top Ten Tuesday – February 23, 2016

  1. digitaltempest

    I haven’t read any of these, but I do have The Book of Strange New Things. I’ll have to look into some of these. They sound interesting.

  2. Greg Hill

    These all look good, I like that they’re so different from each other. Very eclectic list! I’ve found myself branching out into genres I never read before as well, and it can be nice when you find something you really like! 🙂

  3. Tasia @ Lalipop Blog

    These all sound so interesting. I think Iʻm going to have to get my hands on The Book of Strange New Things sometime soon. Iʻm not a fan of heavily religious books either, but I do think books with religious undertones are pretty interesting.

  4. Rose

    The Book of Strange New Things was one of my favourite reads last year. I loved it’s take more serious take on the sci-fi genre! Of Bone and Thunder sounds amazing – I’m definitely adding it to my TBR!
    Great list.
    My TTT

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