Top Ten Tuesday: Not My Usual Genre

This week’s theme is actually difficult for me, because really, I read some of almost everything. There are very few genres I don’t read at all—basically only westerns, which I inexplicably hate, and mystery, which I’m just rarely intrigued by. I dislike romance as a genre, but since most contemporary fiction also includes a romantic storyline, I can often find something that counts even if that’s not why I read it.

So this will only be a top five list, because that’s all I can come up with. These are the books I’ve loved in the past year that weren’t my usual thing:

Othello, by Satomi Ikezawa

Manga wasn’t my usual genre at the time—in fact, this was one of the very first I ever tried—but since loving this series so much, I have definitely embraced the probability of reading a lot more.

Good Poems for Hard Times, edited by Garrison Keillor

As I often mention, I’m not really a poetry person. I can always find some here and there that I appreciate, but on the whole, I really prefer prose. That said, I loved this collection, and the selections were excellent choices for that theme. I wish I could get my hands on a copy right now to help me remember some of the poems I loved; I can’t believe I didn’t write them down anywhere while I was reading, but apparently I didn’t.

Tokyo (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

Reading travel guides just to learn about the place, not because I’m planning a trip there, is not necessarily something I wouldn’t usually do; this was just the first time I did it.

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

This usually seems to be categorized as science fiction/fantasy, but to me it felt much more like horror, which is not a genre I usually read. It’s an intriguing, creepy story, and I’m still planning to read the second and third books when I get around to them.

Dance (DK Eyewitness Books), by Andree Grau

I don’t read a lot of juvenile nonfiction (like most adults who don’t have children, probably). But I do work in a public library, and I found myself curious when this came through. Lots of interesting information about different styles and the history of dance.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lauren says:

    Poetry is definitely outside my zone as well, in fact, it’s probably been half a decade. But your selection actually looks quite interesting!

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  2. Gwen says:

    I really liked them all, but Othello especially was one of my favorites. It looks like all your not-as-into genres are the same as mine!

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  3. I’m generally not too fond of westerns either–but I love poetry. Especially the stranger, free-verse stuff.
    My TTT

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