Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Books I want to read outside my go-to genre

My number one genre is fantasy, in any kind and form, so I spend quite a lot of time reading (and watching) it. I actually do like many other genres, and I like to explore, but I always seem to skip these in favor of fantasy, so using this freebie I’ll try to list the ones I’d like to read the most, and I’ll try to tick them off one by one, by the end of 2018! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 bookish things. So here we go:


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson –Β Horror

Horror used to be my favorite genre for years, two of my favorite authors, Poe and Lovecraft, are horror pioneers. But over the years I completely immersed myself in fantasy and forgot all about the charms and spooks a good horror story can provide. As I prefer the Gothic kind, and as there’s a movie adaptation coming soon, I’d love to read my first (gasp) Shirley Jackson novel.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – Classic Literature

I’d like to read more by Woolf, as I’ve only read Mrs. Dalloway so far and I loved it. The Scottish setting is also a plus since I simply adore Scotland.

The Terror by Dan Simmons – Historical Fiction

Ughh I love historical fiction, but I admit I don’t read it as much as I should. Out of many historical novels on my list, I chose this one because I’m currently watching the TV series, and it’s simply horrifying and amazing.


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – Mystery

This one’s been on my radar for a while now, and I’ve heard only good stuff about it, so I’m really curious and excited to read it!

Mindhunter by John E. Douglas – Nonfiction – True Crime

Where do I even begin? Serial killers, behavioral science, the TV show based on it, etc. I’m positive I’ll love this one once I get to it.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – Nonfiction – Memoir

I’ve made the mistake and watched the movie first, so I’ll have to wait a bit for it to fade in my memory, but as I did love it I just can’t wait to read The Glass Castle. Dysfunctional families always fascinate me since I grew up in one.


Greenglass House by Kate Milford – Middle Grade Fiction

I love middle grade fiction, but it’s hard to pick out the ones suitable for adults too hehe. This one is a mystery and sounds right up my alley. And look at that cover, why do middle grade novels get the best covers?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Science Fiction

Gasp! The horror! I’ve never read it. Or, I’ve never finished it. I have a battered old copy which deserves to be read before the covers fall off and the dust bugs eat it.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey – Regency Romance

Romance is a no-go for me, but as I’ve read Duels and Deception by Anstey and loved it, I want to try her debut novel too.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Contemporary Fiction

Oh, this one. I’ve heard so many good things, but the hype was so high it scared me. It set some high expectations, but I’m still excited to read it!


Have you read any of these books and what did you think? Where should I even start? What are some novels outside your go-to genre you’d love to read? Talk to me in comments, you lovely people! πŸ˜‰

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Books I want to read outside my go-to genre

  1. Hitchhiker’s guide is so funny!! πŸ˜€
    I read it when i was still working in the city and read it on the way, and i used to laugh on the tube and people sometimes stared… what’s wrong with them???

    We always lived in the castle is on my list too!

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  2. Ah you’ve picked some nice books. I really like to read more out of my comfort zone as well. I’ve read To The Lighthouse and I enjoyed it very much, I like Virginia Woolf’s writing style. I also read Eleanor Oliphant and I quite enjoyed it as well, I expected a lot and I could not get into the first half of the book, but the second part was really funny and lovely.

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  3. I tend to lean towards fantasy too but I keep seeing things crop up about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and it all seems positive so far so that has piqued my interest! I read Hitchhikers Guide years ago and enjoyed it. We actually painted a quote above our towel rail in our bathroom that says ‘a towel is the just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar can have’ because it felt fitting. The book I read recently that is completely outside my usual is ‘The Hating Game’ which is a rom-com book. And I really got on board with it even though ot was ridiculously tropey!

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    1. Yes, Eleanor seems like a good book, can’t wait to read it! πŸ™‚ It’s so hard putting fantasy on pause but I think I need to do it soon cause I’m missing a lot of good novels, and I need something fresh cause I’m on a verge of a book slump. :/

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      1. Fantasy is definitely my go to. I try and do ‘literary’ and read books that are award winning/ highly acclaimed and the ones that I’ve read so far haven’t really done anything for me at all. I just looked at my book shelf to see if I had any non fantasy to recommend but all I can see is fantasy so I’m no help!

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  4. So many lovely selections, Marina. I adored We’ve Always Lived in the Castle, and I’ve always heard good things about Lovecraft but never picked up any of his stories. The Glass Castle is also a really good read, and I have yet to watch the movie, but I’ve read some reviews saying it’s not very good.

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    1. Thank you! Oh I can’t wait to read it! πŸ™‚ Lovecraft was a genius, and his stories verge from Poe-influenced macabre ones, to ‘dream cycle’ stories influenced by Lord Dunsany, to his own uniques Cthulhu mythos stories, so there’s a variety to pick from. He created a unique and complex mythology and stories that are not scare-jumpy and gory, but rather deeply unsettling, what I like to call true horror. πŸ™‚

      Well hardly any book can compare to its movie, so I hope I’ll love the book even more! πŸ™‚

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  5. Beautiful post, Marina!! Your choices are fantastic, as always. I am one of the worst people when it comes to reading outside my comfort zone. For many years, I used to read Historical Fiction and Classics exclusively with a small doze of Contemporary but the last three years have been different. ”Love, Lies and Spies”, ”Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and ”We Have Always Lived in This Castle” are staring ominously at me from my bookshelf for ages…And ”The Roanoke Girls” is a book that I long to read. Not without some reservations…

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    1. Thank you Amalia! πŸ™‚ I’m not afraid stepping out of my comfort zone, it’s just that there are sooo many good fantasy books I haven’t read yet! πŸ˜€ Well look at it like this – there are some historical fiction books you read but don’t like, so you’ll maybe like some of these, maybe not, who knows. πŸ™‚ Knowing you (so far), I’d recommend reading those three in a reversed order from how you wrote the titles. And for Roanoke Girls, maybe wait for my review hehe? πŸ™‚ Just read and don’t fear the genres! πŸ™‚

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      1. I definitely can’t wait for your review on all the books you’ve included in your post:) Yes, I am really satisfied with how much I’ve come out of my shell reading-wise. The only genre that I never approach is Romance and everything that has to do with it. It’s just my cruel self, I guess.

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        1. I don’t like romance either except in other genres, but only if it’s well written, which is a rarity these days. πŸ™‚ So I totally understand your reservations, you should just read what you like and what makes you comfortable. πŸ™‚

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  6. This is an incredible list! The Glass Castle is heart wrenching and beautiful. I liked the audiobooks for Hitchhiker’s Guide. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a book I’d really like to read soon!

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  7. I love To the Lighthouse, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Glass Castle. The last two aren’t from genres I usually read either, but they were both really good reads. I hate Hitchhiker’s Guide though, I just don’t find it funny or interesting, but hey, at least it’s short! I’m going through a phase of wanting every single middle grade book I see. They all have such beautiful, illustrated covers and interesting sounding plots (with witches), but I almost never buy them, cause like you said it’s hard to know which ones will be fulfilling for adult readers as well.

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    1. The Glass Castle is getting the most votes so far so I think I’ll read that one first haha! πŸ˜€ You’re right, Hitchhiker’s Guide is short so if I don’t end up liking it it’s not a big waste. πŸ™‚ Ughhh me too! The covers are gorgeous! Try West of the Moon fist! It is set in Norway after all. πŸ˜€ I did got burned with two middle grade novels with awesome covers, so it’s really hard to tell. :/


    1. I’ve read the author’s second book, and it’s basically a regency period adventure/romance with a bit of mystery and humour. πŸ™‚ I think that’s the case for her debut novel, and for the upcoming one. I’m not a fan of romance but her writing is really nice and entertaining, so I’d recommend her. πŸ™‚


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