But I like certain genres for a reason, and, since I know what I like, I tend to stick to it. That made finding ten other genres I've even read recently, let alone liked, difficult, but I did my best.
However, just because *I* didn't like something, it doesn't mean *you* won't. And if you just so happen to like the genres I don't, I guess you're in luck ;-)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed Recently that Weren’t My Typical Genre
10. A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister – Chick Lit
I don’t know if I would use the word enjoyed per se… but I did like it when I first read it as a teen, so that counts for something I suppose. It did have some funny moments, but chick lit just really isn’t for me anymore.
9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Classics
I don’t read or like many classics, but this one was surprisingly relatable and almost modern-feeling, considering how long ago it was written. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t bad either.
8. Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Review) – Steampunk
I feel like I’ve really given steampunk a fair shot at this point, but it’s just not really for me. Winterspell, however, had a lot of things I really liked and mixed the steampunk with the magic in a kind of unique way.
7. Cold Feet by Jay Northcote (Mini Review) – Contemporary Romance
To be fair, I do occasionally read contemporary romance if it’s M-M, which this one was, but it’s still not my typical genre. This story was light and fluffy, but it was also adorable and realistic.
6. These Battered Hands by Laurel Ulen Curtis (Review) – Sports Romance
This is the only sports romance I’ve ever read in my life, and I only read it because it was about gymnastics, but I did enjoy it.
5. Mud by E.J. Wenstrom – Visionary & Metaphysical
This genre is defined in all different ways, but this seems to be a good one: a “genre that blends stories about the inner, incorporeal, supernatural, or transcendent aspects of human experience with some form of philosophy. Readers may gain insight into, or be stimulated to reflect on, such things as the nature of existence, the mind, the soul, the psyche, psychology, the spiritual journey and so on.” (source) This book isn’t classified under this genre, but I feel like it fits given that the MC is a golem who wants a soul more than anything so that he can be human, and the story involves deities and an underworld that he travels through.
4. Dark Carousel Series by Anya Allyn – Horror
As far as horror goes, this is pretty light, and it’s YA, but it was a pretty interesting series involving ghosts, kidnapping, a giant dollhouse, and all sorts of creepy stuff.
3. The Healing Wars Series by Janice Hardy (Review) – High Fantasy
This was a fun and funny middle grade trilogy with ridiculously lovable characters.
2. The Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole – Psychological Thriller
I didn’t really want to include this on the list because, while the first book was pretty amazing, from there the series just dissolved into utter nonsense and disappointment. And became more mystical than psychological. But still, the first book was great! (And apparently some people liked the series end, so to each his own.)
1. Saga Series by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Review) – Graphic Novel
Technically I guess this isn’t a genre, but it’s still something out of my usual. Saga is fun and beautifully drawn with great characters. I also really want to recommend Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. I LOVED it (Mini Review), the first volume at least, even more than Saga.