Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.
This week the topic is…Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre
We all know that my favourite genre is YA but I do think it’s completely necessary to read other genres too, especially adult fiction. As far as AF goes, my comfort zones are crime fiction, thrillers and horror. After that, things get a bit sporadic and I flail around like that titular fish up there.
I like reading out of my comfort zone, although I don’t do it nearly enough. Probably because my success rate hasn’t been so great. Here are ten ‘uncomfortable’ books I’ve read in the last year or so and how successful they were in making me more prone to read that genre.
Bookishly Ever After ~ Isabel Bandeira (YA Contemporary)
This book only confirmed why I fell out of love with contemporary YA. It was so whiny and will they/won’t they it made me want to do a little sick in my mouth
Success Rate 0%
Sixteen Sixty One ~ Natalie Lucas (Memoir)
I did enjoy this, in that I found it interesting. I was impressed by how it read a lot like fiction. That didn’t really help me believe it though…
Success Rate 60%
The Frenchman ~ Lesley Young
Fearless ~ Devon Hartford
I was pretty surprised how much I enjoyed both of these steamy novels. We all need a bit of sexy trash in our reading now and again, right? And to be fair, they were a lot less trashy than I thought they would be.
Success Rate 66%
The Barefoot Queen ~ Ildefonso Falcones
Rush of Shadows ~ Catherine Bell
Burial Rites ~ Hannah Kent
(Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction)
If these novels were anytting to go by (lesser so with The Barefoot Queen) then I should definitely read more historical fiction. It’s a genre that I always think I have to be in the right mood for, but I find that they are often more rewarding than other genres.
Success Rate 85%
You’re the One that I Want ~ Giovanna Fletcher
After Wimbledon ~ Jennifer Gilby Roberts
The Magic of Christmas ~ Trisha Ashley
I enjoyed all three of these books which I would class as ‘chick lit’ although I’m aware a lot of people don’t like that term. It’s another genre that I can’t read too much of as I feel like they can become quite samey. But I definitely enjoy the genre more than I let myself believe. Success Rate 80%