Top 10 Tuesday: Outsider TBR

I was super intrigued when I read this week’s topic for Top 10 Tuesday (hosted, as always, by The Broke and the Bookish):Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone). But I also found it hard to come up with specific books. And to be honest, I have talked a lot about my favorite recent reads on Top 10 Tuesday recently.

So I decided to take a different spin off this topic and talk about some of the books on my TBR that surprise me. I don’t read as widely as some of my favorite book bloggers out there, but I am inspired by you all! These are books I wouldn’t normally pick up but after reading a review or seeing these books on your favorites lists, I had to add them to my TBR. Enjoy!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan // This book came up on several lists of a TTT last year about books that feature books. It is different than my usual reads in that it is a contemporary, adult fiction read (let’s be honest. I love a great YA novel or classic).

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons // Thank you to I was Angelized 1st for this recommendation. A contemporary written Russian historical romance.  Perhaps more my kind of read after all 🙂

The Martian by Andy Weir // The movie and it’s hype got me interested in this book–one that intrigues me and surprises me that I am interested in it at all. I haven’t seen the movie yet so no spoilers!

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri // I can’t remember who recommended this to me. If it was you, comment below!

City of Bones and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare // These covers are beautiful. But I haven’t been super excited about these books based on summaries I read (I don’t usually go for scary reads)–until I saw a million positive reviews 🙂

The Strangeness of Beauty by Lydia Minatoya // This was recommended to me by a dear friend back home. Not my usual genre (Japanese American), but it sounds intriguing and moving.

Go Forward with Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley by Sheri Dew // Last year, I read and loved the biography of the current president of the LDS Church, Thomas S Monson. I am working on Spencer W Kimball’s biography now. And I hear great things about this one too–plus it’s written by Sheri Dew who is amazing. I’m really enjoying this new genre for me!

And a few recommendations that are totally up my alley:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // My old roommate raved about this book to me recently. Sounds like a great chick lit book.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald // Basically every book Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower recommends, I add to my TBR pile. But seriously. This one is about a small town bookstore and building friendships.

What books would you recommend outside (or inside) of the YA Fiction, Historical Romance, and English Classics genres? I love building my TBR 🙂

25 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Outsider TBR

  1. I’m definitely influenced by other bloggers too because they often make me discover books that I didn’t know about. I definitely wouldn’t have gone near the Martian on my own, but I’ve added it to my TBR because of all the reviews. I wouldn’t worry too much about Cassandra Clare’s books, they’re not really about the horror. You have a few battles scenes, with vivid descriptions but I don’t think they’re scary.

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  2. What a great list! The Martian is a book I would not normally be interested in, not because I don’t like sci fi- I do but just the whole stranded on Mars/ sciencey thing didn’t really appeal to me. But seeing all the raves for the book (and movie) have me reconsidering. 🙂 And I thoguht Mr. Penumbra’s was really interesting as well.

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  3. I too don’t read as widely as I would like, part of the reason I set a goal to change that this year by incorporating more YA, contemporary and historical fiction into my tools. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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  4. I also have The Martian in my tbr (it’s out of my comfort zone as well). I actually suggested it to my boyfriend (okay I kinda forced him to read it) so he could tell me how good it is. In my defence, I’ll tell you he thought was very entertaining. So I think it will be an interesting read for us 🙂

    Great top ten!

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