Top Ten Tuesday #13: Books I’ve Enjoyed outside My Normal Genres

I read mostly adult contemporary and YA books (of pretty much any genre except hard-core fantasy or horror). I don’t usually read non-fiction or historical fiction. I also don’t read many thrillers or books with diverse main characters, written by non-white authors. 
Here are some titles that fit those descriptions that I read within the last year and really enjoyed.
Historical Fiction

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I know this book has sparked a lot of debate recently. As someone who doesn’t remember much about reading To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school, I really enjoyed this book. The insight into the pre-civil rights movement South was fascinating.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
World War II is a subject I have been avoiding lately because I feel like it’s been overdone. BUT I read this book because everyone was talking about it, and I couldn’t resist the bandwagon. I loved it. The writing was beautiful and the story was wonderful. If some how you haven’t picked this one up yet, do. You won’t regret it.
Diverse Characters

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
I feel like I could have included this under historical fiction even though it’s a present day story. It has the same feel to it – the character of Carla is so far removed from the typical American life. She is a young girl from Honduras struggling to get to the U.S. I fell in love with her. This story is so good, and it reads like an adult contemporary even though it’s heavier.
Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
I think this may have been the first fiction book I read written by a black author. There were some elements of Felicia’s past that I couldn’t relate to, but a lot of her struggles as a mother we has in common despite our racial differences. I enjoyed this story immensely.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This book is another that I read because everyone else was reading it. I could’t resist even though I thought I wouldn’t like it. I was SO wrong. This was SUCH a great book. It was sucked in immediately, and I really enjoyed trying to figure out what happened.

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
I love Gretchen Rubin, so of course I had to read this book. But self-help isn’t my usual genre. I really enjoyed all the discussion of habits, and this book got me thinking about change and even helped me publicly commit to starting this blog and then doing it!
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
True stories are really not my type of book – even when it comes to non-fiction. But I loved this book, mainly because I used to be a rower (in high school). It was a bit of a slog to get through. Thankfully, I choose audio which always makes non-fiction easier. But this is a great read if you like sports or competition at all.
If you follow this blog, you know that I really struggle with memoirs. I read a couple this year that really didn’t work for me, but this book was a near perfect read. I love Felicia Day, and I really liked reading about her strange upbringing and her establishing herself in the world of Internet entertainment. Her story is inspiring.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates
I read this book because John Green mentioned it on Reddit. I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a brutally honest look at the life of a black man in America. It was heart breaking and eye opening, and I agree with him. Everyone should read this book.
Another bandwagon book. Despite the many odd-ball type statements in this book about socks having feelings and thanking your clothes. I enjoyed listening to this short book. I see how it could be extremely helpful to people who cannot let go of possessions. And even for me, a chronic purger, it was inspiring to read
What’s your favorite genre? What books have you read outside that genre recently that you really enjoyed?

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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    1. Thanks. Nonfiction is such a broad genre that it kind of felt like cheating. But it's not one where I expect to really enjoy a book. Most of the time I read them for information, like parenting books.

  1. I love your Tuesday posts! So fun. I can't name a favorite genre because I love such a wide variety of books. After reading and kind of hating The Night Circus, I decided magical realism is not for me…so I'll go with that as my outside genre. I surprised myself when I read Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It is magical realism through and through, but I couldn't stop listening. Beautiful writing and a great story. Oh and question about Gretchen Rubin… I've never read any of her stuff before. Can I start with Better than Before?

    1. I hadn't heard of it until a couple of months ago. Another blogger mentioned it as her favorite read of 2015. I really enjoyed it. It was a very different read for me, but the characters were really compelling.

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