Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite books outside of my comfort zone of romance/contemporary and fantasy.
These are books that you enjoyed that aren't something you typically read. For example, nonfiction if you usually read fiction, contemporary if you usually read fantasy, etc. etc. They do not all have to be from the same genre, just an assortment of books outside your usual genre of choice.
I've read vampire-romance books before (heh, Twilight) but I've never read them in the context of an African American protagonist. Also, the couple involved is in a interracial relationship. That was interesting because I've never read an interracial fantasy couple before. This was a very interesting read, and I can't wait to see what Inger comes up with next.
I've always loved the Disney version of Peter Pan, but this one was so intense and creepy!! In this adaptation, Peter Pan is not the happy-go-lucky, sweet, kind, funny boy who won't grow up. He's actually a defensive, manipulative, dangerous, scary, and hypnotizing boy who won't grow up lol! I liked how Wendy Darling, the titular character, tried to get out off the Island, but she only ends up in more danger without Peter than with him. When is the second book coming out?!
3. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
I read this book with a Meetup book club in my hometown, and while I didn't finish it all, I found the prospect of it very intrguing to read. It's a split point of view between Izzy Stone in present day, trying to figure out the secrets of her foster family, and Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929. Clara was unfairly sent to an insane asylum for refusing to marry someone her parents arranged for her. Izzy has to dig deep into her past to figure out what happened to Clara and why she was sent in an asylum, knowing that she was not insane to begin with. I wish the pacing wasn't as slow, because then I would have finished it but it was interesting so far.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This was the first book I officially reviewed on this blog. I didn't say much, but I couldn't because I was so busy drowning myself in tears! Hazel and Augustus' friendship, relationship and everlasting love lasted the toughest circumstance, while still being able to enjoy the little moments that brought them together.
1. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
I'm not usually one for ghost stories, but this one was compelling to read through. Chloe Saunders is a young ghost watcher, sent to the illustrious and haunting Lyle House for troubled teens. She meets friends and discovers secrets about her powers, the House, and the ghosts who may be more than just creepy. I read this book about 5-6 years ago, and I showed it to my nieces, and it started a trend in my house, which was cool to get everyone reading again.
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