Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)
- Harbinger – Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans, Lewis LaRosa
Now I know you’re gonna say, how can a comic be out of my comfort zone? Well, that’s because I don’t read much in terms of superhero-style comics. While I do love watching X-Men movies (and my love for X-Men began when I was a kid watching the cartoon series!), Avengers movies, and especially the Thor movies (Tom Hiddleston! Chris Hemsworth!), I don’t really read much of those comics.
But I really wanted to read Harbinger after I learnt that Valiant was making a comic about a plus-sized superhero Faith, who was originally in Harbinger. And in the end, I really did like Harbinger. It had some mean superpowered superhumans, one of which was trying to take over the world more or less – and not just via his powers, but also through his conglomerate and shell companies. And the guy in the hoodie is trying to stop all of it, with a bit of a motley crew of course.
2. A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin
I don’t read much short stories, something I know I need to change, but I really liked this collection of Berlin’s stories. It feels like she’s telling them to you, as you sit across the booth at the corner diner, drinking coffee, she’s smoking a cigarette though that’s not allowed but it’s all good because she’s Lucia Berlin.
3. The Mankioka Sisters -Junichiro Tanizaki
I do read Japanese literature, of course I do. But that’s more of the contemporary stuff, I’ve not read any Japanese classics and while I’ve been wanting to read this for a few years now, I kept hesitating. Why why? It is such a wonderful book! I loved diving into Osaka in the 1940s, into this family of four sisters, all the traditions and their culture, all the worrying for their third unmarried sister and all that she has to go through when meeting prospective husbands. It was fascinating and kind of beautiful.
4. Hunger makes me a modern girl – Carrie Brownstein
It is not so much the topic of the book but more of how I am reading it, which is as an audiobook. I have always found audiobooks a bit difficult to pay attention to, but just concentrating on this one while I take a walk, listening to Carrie Brownstein’s voice as she narrates her own childhood stories, I really have been liking it. I’m still only a few chapters in but this audiobook is definitely one for me.
5. The Royal We – Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
So not something I typically read. I tend to run far from ‘chick lit’ type books. But this was a lot of fun!
6. The Good House – Tananarive Due
I’m no stranger to horror but it’s not something I read much of because of the creepies. As in that skin-crawling, looking-over-your-shoulder, hoping-that-noise-isn’t-what-you-think-it-is kind of feeling. So I reserve the scary stuff for RIP only. Once a year is plenty and this was definitely an icky read.
7. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
YA? Some love it, some don’t. I’m kind of neutral about it but I think that with all that YA out there, it’s hard to find a really good one. And I thought that this was a really good one.
So right. That’s not TEN. It might be because I tend to be a bit of an eclectic (eccentric?) reader and dabble in a variety of genres. Or maybe I just didn’t’ really read outside of my comfort zone very much last year. What is out of my comfort zone? Romance. ‘Chick lit’ or ‘women’s fiction’. Horror (except for during RIP). But do I really want to read any of that? I don’t know.
What are some of your favourite outside-of-your-comfort-zone reads?