This week’s theme is actually difficult for me, because really, I read some of almost everything. There are very few genres I don’t read at all—basically only westerns, which I inexplicably hate, and mystery, which I’m just rarely intrigued by. I dislike romance as a genre, but since most contemporary fiction also includes a romantic storyline, I can often find something that counts even if that’s not why I read it.
So this will only be a top five list, because that’s all I can come up with. These are the books I’ve loved in the past year that weren’t my usual thing:
Othello, by Satomi Ikezawa
Manga wasn’t my usual genre at the time—in fact, this was one of the very first I ever tried—but since loving this series so much, I have definitely embraced the probability of reading a lot more.
Good Poems for Hard Times, edited by Garrison Keillor
As I often mention, I’m not really a poetry person. I can always find some here and there that I appreciate, but on the whole, I really prefer prose. That said, I loved this collection, and the selections were excellent choices for that theme. I wish I could get my hands on a copy right now to help me remember some of the poems I loved; I can’t believe I didn’t write them down anywhere while I was reading, but apparently I didn’t.
Dance (DK Eyewitness Books), by Andree Grau
I don’t read a lot of juvenile nonfiction (like most adults who don’t have children, probably). But I do work in a public library, and I found myself curious when this came through. Lots of interesting information about different styles and the history of dance.
Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
This usually seems to be categorized as science fiction/fantasy, but to me it felt much more like horror, which is not a genre I usually read. It’s an intriguing, creepy story, and I’m still planning to read the second and third books when I get around to them.
Reading travel guides just to learn about the place, not because I’m planning a trip there, is not necessarily something I wouldn’t usually do; this was just the first time I did it.