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 🙂