Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme, previously hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. Each week, on Tuesdays, she posts a new topic that you make your own Top Ten List about, and link your page over to hers so everyone participating can see! According to Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”
This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I’ve enjoyed out of my comfort zone, so without further ado….
10. Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden
It’s been a while since I read this series, but no one ever said they had to be recent books! I’m not going to lie, while I do read historical fiction, it’s not generally pushed to the top of my TBR list. The only reason I read this was because it was highly recommended by my brother-in-law and I needed something to read by the pool and it was all they had. Well, I didn’t regret it. I finished it that day by the pool, and I quickly finished the other books in the series the following week.
9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Don’t hate me…but I’ve never really been a huge Gaiman or Pratchett fan. Discworld was…a little too out there for me, and believe me, I tried. The majority of my family worships at the Terry Pratchett throne, and I won’t lie, I’ve been debating giving it another try. But I was drawn to this because Amazon released the TV series, and I adore David Tennant. The British humor was hilarious, and it made me want to read the book as well, and I don’t regret it one bit. I had a smile on my face the entire time.
8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I love dystopian books, and the YA dystopians are my guilty pleasure. Or would be, if I felt at all guilty about it. But when I first heard about Ready Player One, I thought it sounded a little too…I don’t know, futuristic? That’s not really right but I can’t explain it. I definitely wasn’t drawn in because the blurb always made me feel like it was too literature-y. You know what I mean. I’m not a literature person, at all, but I did watch this movie and immediately fell in love with the storyline. This, of course, made me want to read the book and, y’all, it was amazing.
7. The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Okay, judge me. I’m a sucker for anything Rick Riordan writes, even if I’ve definitely outgrown his target audience. By a lot. But I won’t tell you by how much, because that’s a little embarrassing. But yeah, I heard he had another YA novel based on a world-wide scavenger hunt with a family treasure on the line and I was pulled in hook, line, and sinker. Yes, it’s juvenile. Yes, calling it a “Young Adult” novel definitely toes the lines of what that means. Do I care? Read it and you’ll see how much I don’t, because I read the first one and immediately stalked my library for the following…ten? I’m honestly not sure how many there are, I just read them all in a row.
6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Yeah, yeah, I get it. Everyone and their brothers have been raving about this book and the series. I never understood it, honestly, because Cinderella? As a cyborg? It sounds ridiculous. I sound ridiculous right now saying it. It took me forever to finally pick this up and read it, and I only did because I was desperate for new reading material and this was all my library had that fit what I wanted at the time. Man, did I not regret that. Not only was it written originally as a novel for NaNoWriMo, as were the next two books in the series, but she took cyborgs and space and fairy-taled the crap out of them…and it was glorious. I immediately borrowed the rest of the series and finished the whole thing within days.
5. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
This is cheating a little, because I knew I loved pretty much anything Jim Butcher has ever written (you can never go wrong with the Dresden Files). When I heard he was writing an unrelated steampunk series with flying ships and gemstones that blew stuff up, I was a little skeptical. It took me three different attempts to start this book because of that skepticism, but when I finally got past that, I blew through the rest of it so fast that when I finally got to the last page, I was stuck there going “Wait…where’s the rest?” Not that it ended badly, but I so desperately wanted there to be more.
4. The Martian by Andy Weir
Honestly, pure realistic fiction/sci-fi is not usually my thing. But I am a scientist, and the movie was coming out, and it looked awesome, and I’m generally the type of person that has to read the book first (except for the two instances up above). So I rented it, and marveled at the scientific accuracy, and the way this book draws you in and makes you think everything that happened is possible in the most awesome, Michael Crichton-like way, and then I went straight to the movie theater and fell in love with it even more.
3. Year One by Nora Roberts
I guess this is cheating, also, because I love almost everything Nora Roberts has ever written, but in the same vein as above, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her take on mass plague and dystopia. But holy crap, I loved it. It took me an extra year or so to read it after it came out because of that, but she really makes you care about every one of the characters. There are a lot of them, and they all have a role to play. And the second one? It’s even better. I’m desperate for the third book to come out in November. I’m literally counting the days.
2. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Still cheating. But a Nora Roberts pen name is a different matter entirely in my opinion. These are so different from her normal writing that it doesn’t really count. Someone had recommended this to me in a book swap, and I think I read the first…twenty of them? Or something like that in the first month. The love story in it is unexpected and awesome, and I never realized until I started reading them that it all takes place in the future.
1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Sooo…You might hate me again, but I’m not a Stephen King reader. At all. I tried. I tried Dark Tower. I tried…one other that I can’t remember the name of. But I hated them. I was so god-awfully bored I couldn’t deal. This was… Well, so freaking different. It was time travel and history and romance and so much more combined into, again, a book I was reading before the TV show came out. And boy was I surprised. I loved it! And I loved James Franco portraying it. Good times all around.
Well, there you have it! My top ten book I enjoyed out of my comfort zone. Any you agree or disagree on? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments!
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