Books I enjoyed that are outside my comfort zone – Top Ten Tuesday!

If any of you have followed me for a while you will know that my first love when it came to reading was crime. After that I became and huge fantasy fan, thanks to the one and only Victoria Schwab. Through her series amongst others, I was introduced to so many awesome fantasy books, and have since tried to branch out in my reading into genres such as Sci-Fi & Literary Fiction. Seeing as this post is all about books I enjoyed that are outside my comfort zone, I’ve decided to pick either my first reads in a specific genre, or the books that cemented my love for them.

Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

I’d heard a couple of good things about this book, so I jumped at the chance to request it on Netgalley. This book blends the magical and the mundane together so seamlessly that it took me a good while to recover once I had finished reading it. As one of the first literary fictions books I had requested, I then went on a massive spree of buying/requesting books in this genre and have not been let down yet.

I think the main selling point for me on this one was that it had fantastical elements, and although not classed as a fantasy read, I could definitely see some crossovers between the two genres. It is a beautifully woven tale about loss, acceptance and how love can occur in the strangest of places.

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

I’ll never be able to thank Victoria enough for giving me the chance to enter Red London, and meet one of my all time favourite literary characters miss Delilah Bard! . This is one of my all time favourite series, and absolutely cemented my love for this genre that now plays such a big part in my life.

An absolutely fresh magic system, some of my favourite characters and writing that we should all strive to achieve. If you haven’t picked up this series yet you absolutely should!

The Martian by Andy Wier

I had read one or two Sci-Fi books before I picked up the Martian, but none truly stuck with me the way this book did. Wier managed to make Sci-Fi both educational and hilarious in one book. I came out of it crying with laughter and with a slight understanding of how to grow potatoes in space! If you are looking for a segway into Sci-Fi I can highly recommend this as one to pick up.

So that’s that! I know its a slightly shorter than usual Top Ten Tuesday, but there really aren’t that many genres that I enjoy reading. Do you have any recommendations based on my above choices? Let me know in the comments.

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