Today’s topic is Reading outside your comfort zone: Surprise Find(s) This Year
Now that’s a tricky one! I read across quite a few genres – fiction, literary fiction, comics and graphic novels (and oh boy did I read a lot of comics this year, perhaps a ‘best of’ post is in order!), SF and fantasy, crime, non-fiction, lots of kid lit because of my kids – but there are some genres that I don’t really venture much into.
While I did attempt some romance last year, mostly in the form of books by Sarah Maclean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series, I didn’t really make an attempt to read any romance this year. But then I realized that perhaps The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan could be classified as ‘romance’.
I’m not really into the royal family but Shannon’s post at her blog River City Reading made me curious enough to try out The Royal We. And it was a fun read. Normally a cover like that puts me off but I read it, I finished it, and I kind of liked it. So that was a surprise.
Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy was funny, fun and also poignant with strong characters, Dolly Parton, and small town life where beauty pageants and football is everything. It was not just a great YA read, it was just simply a great read.
Oh! And I just thought of one more thing. This was the first year I ever read a webcomic, which later was published as a printed book. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, it was Nimona!
Noelle Stevenson’s comic starring a young shapeshifter with a tendency towards villainy was such fun to read, even if it was on the computer, having to click on the arrows to turn the ‘pages’!