Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone). I know that it says “last-yearish”, but I’m going to include some 2016 reads as well. I typically read mostly contemporaries, so these are all new genres that I’ve recently started exploring and so far, I’ve been LOVING them!
FORBIDDEN by TABITHA SUZUMA
I never, and I mean NEVER, thought that I would read a book about an incestuous relationship, but this book was just AMAZING. This book definitely pushed my limits and I don’t think I could ever read this book again.
BET ME by JENNIFER CRUSIE
I don’t usually read chick-lit. It’s just not my thing, but my friend just kept bugging me to read this book and I decided to give it a try. It was pretty DAMN hilarious. I could not put this book down, but I still don’t think I’ll be picking up anymore chick-lit books anytime soon.
OBSIDIAN by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
If you someone would’ve told me that I would spend my summer reading a book about aliens, I would’ve LAUGHED at them! I mean, how interesting can a book about aliens really be? Apparently pretty damn interesting as the Lux series has become one of my favorite series!
A MONSTER CALLS by PATRICK NESS
Middle grade? Never thought I would’ve picked up a middle grade book again, but OH HOW I LOVE this book! This story was hauntingly beautiful and the illustrations were stunning!
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by SARAH J. MAAS
This was my first ever fantasy read, besides Harry Potter of course. I never thought I would be into fantasy. I completely misjudged this genre and I have completely fallen head-over-heels in love with this genre and this book and SJM’s work!
ME BEFORE YOU by JOJO MOYES
I DON’T read adult contemporary. I try to avoid that genre at all cost because it makes me anxious about my own journey into adulthood. If you saw my review, then you know how much I love this book, but I can’t read it again. Too MUCH feels!
THE SWAN AND THE JACKAL by J.A. REDMERSKI
This is an adult, psychological thriller that seriously just messes with your mind. This book in particular just took a toll on me because it was so dark and messed up and I felt like all the hope was sucked out of the world when I finished this book.
HARDWIRED by MEREDITH WILD
Rarely do I ever delve into the erotica genre. But when this genre was causing such a buzz last year, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I hate the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but for whatever reason, I like the Hacker series. I think it may be because Blake is not a tool, unlike Christian.
CHASING BROOKLYN by LISA SCHROEDER
This was the first book I’ve ever read written in verse and I completely devoured it! This book gave me chill. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I even shed a tear or two. I need to read more books written in verse!
THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by SARAH OCKLER
Although this is a YA contemporary, it is also a retelling with aspects of magical realism and I actually DON’T like books with magical realism. It was never my thing, but I enjoyed it in this book.
That’s all for this weeks TTT. I enjoyed all of these books, although I don’t think I will be reading any middle grade or chick-lit books anytime soon!
What are some of your favorite reads that pushed tested your boundaries? Let me know in the comments!