Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t Our Typical Genre


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that other bloggers are welcome to join in, to create Top Ten lists on varying topics. This week it’s Top Ten Books We Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t Our Typical Genre/Type of Book.


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1 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Contemporary Romance

I’d read one of her books before, “The girl you left behind” but she’s one of Ms4Tune’s favourite authors and we were going to the book signing and I kept putting off the book because I knew it was sad and I’m going to cry when I see the film…..er…I also want to read book 2, even though at the same time I don’t and I have another book by her, one plus one. She seems to be an out-of-genre go to for me at the moment.

2 The Martian by Andy Weir


This is a sciencey Sci-Fi, within the realms of possibility – I do tend to prefer more of a fantasy base but I loved this book. I was recommended this by a work colleague. It was a book he’d liked and though he couldn’t remember the name when we first talked about it, I was later told I had to read it before the film. Which I did – which I’m glad about because while Matt Damon was good, he wasn’t given some of the best lines, which is a shame.

3 Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan


I saw this on Netgalley and it’s cover seemed steampunk-y, but the story not so much. It had enough supernatural undertone to be something that would interest me, though it’s main focus – to me – was the crime. I guess to a crime fan though, it may seep that the supernatural is the main focus, who knows?

Paper Towns by John Green

Contemporary YA

I saw a trailer for the film and thought it looked spectacular, but I had to read it before I saw it – still haven’t seen it because it’s not exactly my type of ending, but then I guess the film could be different. Margo was a totally foreign character to me, I didn’t relate to her much at all which made it hard for me to understand where she was coming from. While I don’t think I’ll ever read the book again, I certainly enjoyed the journey if not the destination.

Monster by C.J. Skuse

contemporary horror

I was offered this one and I accepted, mainly because it was set in the UK. Perhaps not the best reason, but I ended up really enjoying it. I’d have liked a bit more of a solid ending, to lead into a gruesome sequel perhaps?  But I guess it’s supposed to be a “wait…is she saying….? Is she going to…..?” type of thing, which is a shame because I’d actually be interested in a story where she did and we followed her around while she was doing it! Yeah, not telling you what. Spoilers, Sweetie.


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6 The Incarnations by Susan Barker

Adult fiction

I picked this up in the library in January. I’d seen it on Amazon and on Goodreads a few times and I need a book about another culture for my Popsugar Challenge 2016. This isn’t my usual kind of book because it seemed quite dark and had a lot of sexually explicit content that wasn’t very nice. Lots of rape and death. In the end though the complexity of the storyline and the clever way it all entwined together at the end made for a rather interesting read. I would definitely read something like this again.

7 Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Graphic Novel

So this was my first steps into the world of Graphic Novels. I’m not sure why I’ve never tried one before and after reading Nimona I’m quite sad that I didn’t previously. I thoroughly enjoyed the wit that Noelle Stevenson got across and I loved the drawings. Since reading Nimona I’ve read Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and I loved that too. If anyone has any suggestions as to what graphic novel to try next I would love to hear them.

8 Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Contemporary YA dealing with mental illness issues

I like YA Contemporary Romance’s but I tend to run for the hills when I hear any mention of a mental or physical illness. I’m not sure why. Possibly because I worry that it will be to sad or that I just won’t like the book and then I’d be judged by others who feel it is a lack of compassion or understanding on my part. But whatever the reason I tend not to read this sort of book. To my surprise I actually really liked Finding Audrey. I thought there was just the right balance of humour and storyline to balance everything.

9 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

YA Western

I’d never read anything with a Western/Cowboy theme before and I found Vengeance Road so exciting. I think I will definitely have to read more books like this! (Rebel of the Sands is next I think!)

10 The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

Adult Contemporary Romance

It’s been a very long time since I picked up a Adult Romance but I’m so glad I gave this one a try. I absolutely loved it! It was so sweet and funny and had a main character that was so easy to relate too! It made me want to read more, right now. The only probably is I know there are so many of this type of book out there and not all of them are as good as this one. I may need help find more of these.

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6 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t Our Typical Genre

  1. Tiny Reads

    Graphic novels are definitely books that I don’t read often. I love webcomics but when I have to actually use my money to buy a book with more pictures than text, I’m still cringing on the inside (and sometimes even on the outside). I always feel that, because I won’t spend as much time on the book before I finish it, it’s not really a good bargain … But I make exceptions sometimes and Nimona is actually on my TBR so I will read it at some point.

    1. Ms4Tune

      I totally get your point and I suppose I feel the same way if I’m honest. Nimona was definitely worth the money though, the illustrations are lovely and the story is wonderful. I’m not much of a re-reader but I can see myself re-reading Nimona again and again. It’s quick and easy to read, and so funny. I hope you enjoy it too!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Happy Reading!

    1. Paein

      I love to read the book first too, but sometimes it doesn’t always work out. It’s not my usual book genre but I don’t know that I’d call it straight up romance, because it deals with a lot of issues and has a lot of other story going on, the romance felt like a small part of the full story to me. It was build up – which is something I like – and learning about the people. But I’d say watch the film first, then if you enjoy it then wait for a bit and read the book?

      Nice subject choice for yours! And I agree with your assessment of Assassins Blade – SAM!!!!!!

      1. iloveheartlandx

        Yeah I get that. That does sound like a better idea, I don’t want to read the book and then find I don’t like it and no longer want to see the movie. Thanks! Yeah, that was the only way I could think of to explain the pain of Assassin’s Blade.

  2. Veronika

    I really, really have to pick up some of these novels! I heard absolutely amazing things about The Martian, so I can’t wait to dive into it… I just never seem to be in the mood for it lately, thus I haven’t even ordered it yet. I know, SHAME ON ME. Vengeance Road, Mind of the Phoenix and Monster all look SO GOOD, as well. Wonderful list! :)

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