Top Ten Tuesday #23: Books I Wouldn’t Have Normally Read, But Loved

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is all about books that we’ve recently enjoyed that aren’t from a genre we typically enjoy. For me, this is a really hard one to discuss because at the end of the day, my reading tastes vary so much. Besides, I don’t typically read something I think I won’t like. So instead, I’m going to post books I’ve recently read that aren’t my usual style or I wouldn’t have typically chosen. Bare with me while I dive into my read list and see what I can come up with.


Winter Garden

1. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

So I’m adding this book to my list, not because it’s not my typical type of book. Actually, it was right up my alley. But based on the cover, I would have never guessed it was a book I would enjoy reading. When I look at this beautiful cover, I feel it’s probably girly, frilly and a romance. In truth, it’s so far from what I would have assumed. It’s a fantastically tragic and beautiful historical fiction novel and had I gone by the cover, I would have really missed out.

The Lost Art of Second Chances

2. The Lost Art of Second Chance by Courtney Hunt

Much like the first book on my list, this book’s cover indicates it’s a romance novel. But it’s more than just that. It’s a historical fiction novel that happens to have romance in it. It’s a touching and beautiful story and it’s one I would have never picked up based on the cover. But I’m glad I did, because it’s one of my favorite reads from last year.

Hmm… this is harder than I thought. Most of the books I wouldn’t have normally picked based on the covers, I wound up not enjoying. This is the issue when you read a wide range of books. It’s hard to say I wouldn’t normally read this or that, because I normally read a little of everything.

Can’t wait to see what you all have listed today!

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

18 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #23: Books I Wouldn’t Have Normally Read, But Loved

  1. it was hard for me to pinpoint my list today too – for the same reason. My tastes are so varied. I went with books outside of my comfy “Christian fiction” category but even then I had to eliminate authors like Kristan Higgins, Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Sarah Addison Allen, etc because I read them all the time. So, technically, they still fall in my “comfort zone” too. Lol. My TTT

    • I had a few different books I considered putting on the list, but I didn’t like them. Several of them were about demons, either possessing humans or having their own bodies. Which was fine, but in each, someone saying “The power of God compels you” worked to expel the demons and I felt that was a cop out. It was too easy and after so much lead up, it hurt the story.

      • that “solution” would turn me off too

      • Thank goodness. I took it off because I felt like I had to keep explaining that I didn’t have a problem with religion. Just its use in those books. Finally I stuck with the two that had nothing to do with it.

      • I read one recently involving demons/spiritual attack & didn’t like it at all either – because of some plot elements that I thought were unrealistic. For one, the people being brutally attacked by these demons were pretty blase about the whole thing. I would be FREAKING OUT lol. They were just like, “eh.” And even though my “comfort genre” is Christian fiction, I don’t like “preachy’ in books. If I want preachy, I’ll read non-fiction lol.

      • Exactly. I think there’s a difference between Christian fiction and these kinds of books. My logical side thinks, demons have been around longer than mankind has had any religion. To believe simply tossing some holy water on them and shouting a prayer will get rid of them doesn’t even make sense. The whole holy water and vampires myth is one of my biggest gripes about that creature.

  2. This week was hard – I’m with you. I read a lot of different genres, and don’t usually pick up books other than those I think I am going to like! Here’s my TTT for this week.

  3. I struggled with this week too, and my definition of “recently read” had to get insanely broad just to find ten things. Too many fantasy novels!

    • Isn’t that the worst? I just think it was a topic that may have not been good to put a quota of 10 recent books. Most of us very rarely read something that isn’t something we would normally read.

  4. Yeah, I don’t usually read books I don’t think I would like. Or venture very far from my genres of choice! As you might have noted last week! There still always a read I’m curious to read but have some hesitancy about. But glad to know I usually enjoy what I read!

    Here’s my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

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    • There’s nothing wrong with that. I even get your curiosity. I read 50 Shades of Grey just to see what the hype was all about. But like most books I wouldn’t typically pick, I didn’t like it.

  5. I think I have Winter Garden around here somewhere. I love Kristin Hannah’s books.

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