It's time for The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's topic is 10 books you've recently (past year or so) enjoyed that weren't your normal genre/were out of your comfort zone. Fun topic!
I tend to stick to romance almost exclusively, mostly contemporary or paranormal, with a splash of urban fantasy and maybe a tad bit of mystery or suspense. Looking further into that, I tend to stick to female POV or dual POV, and books written within the last 5-10 years or so, and they have happy endings.
..... Wow, that sounds kinda pathetic, haha! Good thing there's plenty to choose from within those parameters. ;)
That said, I do sometimes step outside my comfort zones. In no particular order, these are my top books outside of my comfort zone! It's an early work day today, so I didn't get in the full 10. Damn.
7. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
My god, this book destroyed me. Forbidden is without a doubt the saddest, most heartbreaking book I've ever read. It was intense, gorgeously written, enthralling and gut wrenching.
The topic of incest is uncomfortable (to put it very lightly), and I was hesitant to pick up this book, despite its glowing reviews.
Despite my misgivings, I was blown away by this...love story. That's what it was, even though the topic wouldn't make me think that. I was expected to be repulsed by their relationship, but I wasn't. At all. I was rooting for them by the end of the novel, and that's another thing to push me so far out of my comfort zone it wasn't even funny.
It doesn't have a happy ending, but I am very glad to have read it. Gorgeous 5 star read.
6. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
I don't tend to read much horror, because I'm a wuss and don't enjoy sleeping with the lights on (it's a sad truth), but this book was great!
Gritty, freaky as hell, unique and engaging, and had just enough romance to keep me happy. The Amish setting was interesting, too!
5. Legend by Marie Lu
I'm not a big young adult fan, and I'm not a big dystopian fan. The Legend trilogy was a wild ride of an exception!
While the ending of the last book annoyed me, I really enjoyed this series. It's so fast paced, engaging, with great characters and a lovely romance.
4. The Awakening of Ivy Leavold
If there's one genre I don't read, it's historical. I just don't like it. I'm also not huge on the kinda-sorta BDSM relationship thing. I will gladly put that aside for this Markham Hall series.
Y'all know I'm a slut for smut, and this is some good shit right here. By the same author as Priest, this book was incredibly sexy, addictive, and just...delicious. Even the non-porn scenes were well written and enjoyable.
3. Lawless by T.M. Frazier
|Thia is prim and proper.|
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe...
It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.
I don't like motorcycle club stories. They're like the male version of sorority girls, just with guns. I don't like total dick men. I don't like insta-love. I don't like over the top drama.
But this? I don't know how Frazier does this, but she makes that all so enjoyable.
2. Donners of The Dead by Karina Halle
Horror and historical and zombies and beards, these are a few of my least favorite things!
If this was written by anyone else, I'd've passed it over. Since Karina Halle is my favorite author though, I picked it up on vacation in May. And I blew through it in a day. 4.5 star, really fucking creepy favorite!
1. Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway
Drag queen romance...there's three words I never saw strung together before. This book was weird, not going to lie, but strangely enjoyable!