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Top Books I Enjoyed That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book

This is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here!

Now, as much as I love this topic, I have to admit that in the past couple of years I haven’t ventured outside of my ‘comfort zone’. I have read new things, but most of them (*cough* comics) have instantly become favourites and I couldn’t bare include them in this category.

So Unfortunately this week I come to you with a Top 4. Oh well, I tried!


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book is what I would class as adult contemporary, but oh god was it more than that. Everything about this book intrigued me, even if I don’t usually read anything close to this genre, and the book absolutely blew me out of the water. It’s about a young man Will who is involved in a car accident and becomes quadriplegic and a young girl called Lou who becomes his care assistant. It’s so deeply beautiful and heart-wrenching that I can’t help but recommend it to everyone.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I don’t really pick up YA contemporary novels anymore, but the LGBTQIA+ twist in this novel really got me interested. It’s about a teenage girl who works on set designs for movies who uncovers a letter at an estate sale – and oh yeah, she’s into girls. Highly recommend!


Jurassic Park by Michael Critchon

Before reading this book I doubt I would have said I love sci-fi novels as much as I do, but now I would say with confidence they are one of my favourite genres. This book is dense with scientific terms and facts but oh gosh did I enjoy every moment of this dinosaur island.


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Prior to getting into Gillian Flynn I was not a big psychological thriller reader (that has definitely changed). Sharp Objects was my first book by Flynn and I have to say it’s (so far) my favourite. It has deeply complex characters and dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships and such a great cast of raw and emotionally complex characters that I couldn’t help get completely emerged in this story – and I loved it!

Have you read any of these books? If you have any recommendations (or you did this topic this week) please let me know down below! I need to branch out a bit more I think! X


  1. I’ve only read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and although it wasn’t my favourite (psychological thrillers generally aren’t), I really did enjoy it, and it was definitely a one-of-a-kind read! Ahhh I love Everything Leads to You, it was so different from how I expected but in a really, really good way, and I would recommend Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield if you haven’t read it already. It’s one of my favourite lesbian/queer books!

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