TTT, or Top Ten Tuesday, is a blog series created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. Stop by their blog if you want to participate or follow along!
This week I am back to the normal blogging schedule and so it's time for another TTT - this week I haven't come up with a list of ten, but in looking at my reading habits for this post I came to a realisation. I need to read more books outside of my comfort zone. My reading over the past six months has become more homogenous and I'd certainly like to change it up a bit more.
Recent Reads Outside of My Comfort Zone
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Crime/mystery is not a genre I've spent much time reading, but I always enjoy it when I do. Yes, I only picked up the Cormoran Strike series because of my love for J. K. Rowling's writing, but I've kept reading because of how great the stories are. Read my review of this book, here.
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
I've never liked superheroes very much. I like the idea of superhero stories, but have never actually found much to enjoy in the stories (sorry, Marvel). The reason I loved Vicious was because it was so original, so different from the usual superhero story. Of course Schwab's great writing made a huge difference as well. Read my review of this book, here.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman
One of my best discoveries in reading recently has been sci-fi - I never thought too much about the genre other than seeing it sometimes mixed in with my beloved fantasy. I have always enjoyed sci-fi in TV and film, but never felt much of an urge to read much in the genre. This book was so different from anything else I've read and I was impressed by how exciting a story set on spaceships could be.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I don't read very much non-fiction and I've never been drawn to self-help as a genre...but this book has changed that. Over the past year I've been committed to personal reflection and finding a happy, fulfilled life through all of the stress - part of this commitment has been related to my creative life and Big Magic was a revelation for me.
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
I can admit to being quite snobbish about so-called 'bodice-ripping' romance novels. When I was younger I didn't care about reading 'serious' books, but over time I lost that carefree mindset. Recently I thought I'd just try out something fun and sexy, because why not? And I'm so happy I did. It was just that - fun and sexy. I've now been reading romance novels regularly, whenever I just want to blow off an evening for a bit of frivolous fun.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
This was a surprising read in so many ways. I don't often read 'issue' books, but I chose this one to fulfil my goal of reading more diversely and was surprised by how much this book affected me. This is just one of those books that I didn't necessarily enjoy, but that I appreciate so much for giving me a way to connect to a story so different from my own.