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


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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.


1. The Martian by Andy Weir


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

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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

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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

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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.


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


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

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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


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

4. Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler


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

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