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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?