Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
“Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection.”
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They created the meme because they love lists. Who doesn’t love lists? They wanted to share these list with fellow book lovers and ask that we share in return to connect with our fellow book lovers. To learn more about participating in the challenge, stop by their page dedicated to it and dive in!
This week’s topic: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)
This one was a bit tough because, even though I read many speculative books, I don’t consider many genres/books to be “not my type.” It’s more about how the story is presented more than what the story is about.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
I’m not a huge fans of zombies, so my enjoyment of them in any media is very limited. However, I asked for recommendations for zombie fiction earlier last year and most people recommended this book. I concede that it was a very engaging read. Well played, book reading community.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I don’t have anything against Jane Austen. In fact, I enjoy reading classic literature very much, but while I enjoyed the little Austen I’ve read, before Persuasion, I can’t say that I loved anything she’s written. This was suggested to me last year when I needed a classic romance read for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Loved it. Anne was a heroine I could get behind.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I’m not a huge fan of survival anything even when it’s paired with a genre that I love such as science fiction. I hadn’t had too many plans to read or watch this, but everyone kept insisting that I’d enjoy it. I listened to the audiobook to mainly prove everyone else wrong, so imagine my surprise when I actually did enjoy this book.
Star Wars: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp
Despite reading comics and being a fan of the movies and games, I hadn’t read a Star Wars novel until last year (Fatal Alliance). It was based on the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic and has ties to the Knights of the Old Republic games. Both of which I’m a huge fan of. I wasn’t exactly blown away by that first novel I read, so I went into this with expectations lowered significantly and ended up loving this book.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Fantasy Young Adult books and I have a torrid relationship. When this popped up as a book club read, I almost decided to skip it. However, I am glad that I didn’t. This was a very imaginative take on The Wizard of Oz, and while it faltered in some places, I found myself mostly entertained by this book rather than rolling my eyes every three seconds and cursing myself for reading another YA fantasy book.
The Bees by Laline Paull
I’m still trying to figure out how a story about bees, actual bees, managed to sucker punch me in all my feelings. It’s the damnedest thing, and I don’t think I’ll ever figure this one out.
You by Caroline Kepnes
Well… this was a book. I still can’t figure out if I enjoyed this so much I hated it or I hated it so much I enjoyed it. This book is unique in that it takes place from a stalker’s point-of-view as he integrates himself into his victim’s life using social media among other things. He’s not your usual creepy stalker that most books portray. Instead he’s relatively handsome and seems “normal,” and wow, this book…
Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler
I used to be a big fan of chick lit way back when. I guess, maybe I still am, but I’ve grown out of things like Bridget Jones’s Diary and the like. This was the first book I’d read in a long time that I would categorize in that same light vein. It was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed most of this book, but a character’s sudden turn into a monster and that convoluted ending ruined it a little for me. But up to those two points, I was into the story. It featured the kind of trash I live for.
The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
This was mainly a surprise because I hadn’t cared too much for Weekes’ entry into the Dragon Age franchise, The Masked Empire. However, I thought he was a solid writer, and I decided to try this out on a whim since it wouldn’t be tied to a gaming franchise. I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun this story is. It was full of everything that usually turns me off to books like this, but it was done in such a way that I couldn’t help being charmed.
Yeah, that’s only nine books, but I ran out of steam at the end trying to rack my brain. Have you enjoyed any books that you wouldn’t typically read?