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.
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.