As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
I’m a creature of habit. I will almost always eat the same thing at a restaurant (pasta!) and I will almost always pick the same color when shopping for clothes (black!). The same goes for books. I will almost always pick a fantasy / dystopian / sci-fi with a dash of romance. But I’m trying really hard to spice it up and try some new types of books (I’m reading quite a bit of contemporary lately). Still, this list was pretty hard to come up with so I think I still have some work to do and new genres to try.
Anyway, here are a few books I read recently that are not my typical go-to kind of book (in no particular order):
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
I love Mindy Kaling and I wanted to start reading more non-fiction, so this was a good (and hilarious) start. I also have her new book ‘Why Not Me?’ waiting to be read.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Honestly I am a bit of a wuss and I usually try to stay away from a book if I just know it’s going to hurt me and I’m going to cry. Which was definitely the case for this book. But it was so worth it because it has become one of my favorites.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Same story as All The Bright Places. I knew this was going to be a tearjerker but I just could not stay away. And again, it was worth it and has become one of my favorites. I’m also super excited for the movie coming out in June!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One of the few historical fiction books I’ve read (I should really get on that). And again a book which I knew in advance was going to hurt (I mean, it takes place during WWII and is narrated by Death, that’s kind of a big give-away) but it was such a great and unforgetable book.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
A contemporary about a girl who is allergic to the world and the boy who falls in love with her. This was also not exactly screaming ‘happy, magical or fluffy’ but I still wanted to pick it up. And again I loved it.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This is a heartbreaking book about a girl who is in a car accident with her family. She ends up in a coma and has to decide if she want to give up or wake up and go on living, even if it is without her parents and little brother. Another tearjerker that scared me, but I still read it and loved it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop Talking by Susan Cain
Another non-fiction book, this time about introverts and extroverts, their prejudices and their strengths. As an introvert myself, I loved this book. Susan Cain makes everything sound so clear and fun and it’s been a real help. If you’re interested, go watch her TED talk, it’s amazing and gives a good idea about the book as well.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
I hated zombies. Until this book. Though I have to be honest, the movie also had a lot to do with why I picked this book up. But still, I loved this book and have started some more zombie books since. Such as…
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Another zombie-type book. It sounded very scary and gory, and it kind of was, but I still love this entire series and I love Deuce as the main kick-ass heroine.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
A contemporary set in the nineties about a guy who works for a company where he has to monitor everyone’s e-mails. And then he falls in love with a woman based only on her e-mails. Ok, maybe this is stretching it a bit because this does sound like something I would read. But hey, it’s set in the nineties so it counts as historical fiction, right?
What are some books you recently picked up that weren’t your usual type of book? And what books or type of books would you recommend me to try?