Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog!

Top Ten Seven Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't in My Typical Reading Life

So... turns out I didn't deviate too much from my "usual" in the past year or so.  And I'm pretty eclectic in taste, anyway, so my "usual" actually encompasses quite a number of genres.  When I did deviate, I only enjoyed about half of them.  So here are the top seven deviations...

The Martian
1. The Martian by Andy Weir.  I LOVED LOVED LOVED this one!  I had shied away from space-setting sci-fi before, but I'm so glad that I took a chance on this one!

Food: A Love Story
2. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan.  I don't usually read celeb memoirs, but this one was really, really good!  Laughed out loud through the whole thing.

3. Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins.  Working in Teen Services, I don't often read picture books.  So glad I picked up this one!  I even passed along the recommendation to my aunt to enjoy too.

Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide To Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One
4. Situation Momedy by Jenna Von Oy.  Another celeb memoir!  I took two chances on these this past year.  Another one that made me literally laugh out loud.  :)

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
5. Elephant Company by Vicki Croke.  I don't often read WWII history books (I get anxiety for the people featured!) but this one was totally different- it focused on a guy who used a "staff" of elephants and elephant riders to help save lives in Burma.

Fox Bunny Funny
6. Fox Bunny Funny by Andy Hartzell.  No words!  None!  I've never read a wordless book before.  This one was pretty darn good, too.

American Quartet (Fiona FitzGerald Mysteries, #1)
7. American Quartet by Warren Adler.  It's a contemporary adult police murder mystery.  I can't remember ever reading one of these before, and it was definitely enjoyable.  I had "found" Warren Adler when I read Trans-Siberian Express a while back- he's an author worth checking out.

And you?  What books have you read recently that took you out of your comfort zone?  Leave a comment and I'll be sure to visit you too- I love seeing what others are reading!


  1. I wasn't able to do this weeks topic so I did a previous one, and I have seen The Martian on a few of this weeks TTT!!


  2. Sadly I didn't really care for The Martian! :| Great Top Ten!
    My TTT.

  3. I read The Martian right before the movie came out because... Matt Damon. And I absolutely loved the book. Sometimes it was a bit over my head but it was very interesting. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Happy reading!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday!