This Top 10 Tuesday is all about books that were outside our comfort zone, but that we enjoyed regardless. Don’t you love it when a book surprises you like that?
(we’re counting any from the past year or so, because every once in awhile we need to remind ourselves not to judge an entire genre based on one bad book)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King: I don’t normally like contemporary YA that much, but A.S. King has a way of drawing you in, and portraying teens that are not whiney or self-centered, but heroic in their own right.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King: Maybe this shouldn’t even count, as it’s technically a contemporary YA but has scifi elements. But I’m counting it anyway, because of the above “I don’t like contemporary YA”. Again, one author keeps me trying this genre even though I don’t reach for it normally.
The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher: It’s a history (nonfiction), which is not normally my cuppa, either. But the material is fairly fascinating, and it’s an entirely new subject to me. I found myself drawn into the drama of it.
Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski: Another nonfiction, this time under the category of self-help, which I usually find to be obnoxious. But Nagasaki wrote a book that’s educational, entertaining, and really eye-opening. I pretty much recommend this book to every woman, now.
Cold Feet by Amy FitzHenry: This is technically Women’s Fiction (Chick Lit), which I usually avoid because I don’t enjoy tender feelings. But I was surprised at how relevant this was to my life, and how smooth of a read it was. No Kleenex required! Of all of the books that surprised me last year, this one ranks the highest- it’s making me seriously question my aversion to Chick Lit.