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top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Books We Enjoyed Recently that Weren’t Typical Genres/Topics We Read

This was a hard topic for us because we both are open to reading pretty much everything! We tried to think of books that were not the usual genres/topics we go to.

Ricki

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

martian

My husband said, “You won’t like it. It isn’t what you usually read.” I said, “What do I usually read? I read everything!” I suppose he is right. Adult science fiction isn’t usually my thing and the writing wasn’t incredible, but I enjoyed all that I learned from this book.

2. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz

gena finn

I don’t tend to enjoy books that feature emails, texts, etc. This book is very well done, and the form added a lot to the story. I really enjoyed it.

3. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

courage has no color

I enjoy picture book nonfiction and adult memoirs, but this book appeared more nonfiction-oriented than most books I read. It was a wonderful book and worthy of the praise it has received.

4. The Alphabet Book of Bugs: An ABC Book by Valerie Gates

alphabet of bugs

I do not like bugs. At all. But there is something really awesome about the photography and integration of colors in this book.

5. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

fatal fever

This is another nonfiction book I wouldn’t typically pick up. I was very engaged in the story—from cover to cover—and really enjoyed reading it and talking about it with others.

Kellee

This was a tough topic for me! I have made a promise to myself to not read anything I am not enjoying (unless I have to), but these are books that were a bit out of my comfort zone though I still enjoyed.

1. Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro

odditorium

I don’t normally gravitate towards darker odd books like this one, but I am so glad I did because I loved the adventure.

2. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

timmy failure 1

A boy running detective agency with a bear sidekick–sounds so ridiculous. And it is. But also quite funny.

3. Ebola: Fears and Facts by Patricia Newman

ebola

Middle grade science nonfiction can be hard for me to be engaged, but this one kept me reading.

4. Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Ghostlight

I get scared very easily, so I was surprised I stuck with this one, but I had to know the answer to the mystery!

5. Reading Workshop 2.0 by Frank Serafini

reading workshop 2.0

I love learning and becoming the best educator I can be, but I am not good at reading professional books cover to cover. I did with this one though!

Which books have you enjoyed recently that are atypical for you?

RickiSig and Signature

 

2 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Enjoyed Recently that Weren’t Typical Genres/Topics We Read

  1. Brenda says:

    Such a nice mixture of books. Timmy Failure kinda captures you doesn’t it? Something about that bear and boy detective agency. Happy Reading! My TTT this week

  2. Laura says:

    Great list Ricki & Kellee! Like you both, I read pretty much anything and I should have put adult fiction, nonfiction on my list as I usually just don’t get to it! http://literacious.com/2016/02/23/top-ten-tuesday-ten-book-i-enjoyed-recently-that-werent-my-typical-genretype-of-book/

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