Paving the way: ten books that opened new genres to me. Top Ten Tuesday 06/08/21

Hi friends,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them.  

I love switching genres when I read or I get bored and these books paved the way to new favorite genres for me!

 

Say what you want but Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was a revolution and opened a brand new world to many readers of dark/BDSM romances

 

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James opened the horror genre to me when I thought I’d never read that kind of book! I am still very much picky for that genre as my tolerance to horror is mild but the book was amazing!

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer paved the way to retelling! 

 

Making Faces by Amy Harmon was the beginning of my very long love story with indie romance.

 

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer revealed to me a genre I had no idea existed: the YA fantasy/PNR!!!

 

Wolfsong by TJ Klune was …a revelation. My first MM. I had no idea I would fall for that genre. Hard!

 

The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys reminded me how much I loved historical fiction and how long I had neglected that genre.

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus made me realize how much I loved trying to solve mysteries!

 

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne made me dab my toes in epic/high fantasy, something I hadn’t done since LOTR so long ago!

 

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson paved the way for science fiction books even if, like horror, I am very difficult to please in that genre.

 

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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15 Replies to “Paving the way: ten books that opened new genres to me. Top Ten Tuesday 06/08/21”

  1. Really awesome picks! I still need to read a Sepetys novel. I should fix that! 😀

  2. Cinder got me into retellings as well. 🙂

  3. Surprised to see you included the horror genre, Sophie, but I’m glad you gave it a chance!

    1. I know Teri but that one had such raving reviews that my interest was piqued! I want to read more books from her!

  4. evelynreads1 says: Reply

    Ooh I really want to read The Sun Down Motel, Wolfsong, The Shadow of the Gods and Skyward, so really glad to see them on this list 🙂

    1. I hope you’ll love them!

  5. Yes, I would love something more like The Sun Down Motel! And here’s hoping Brandon Sanderson will be quick with releasing book 3 of that series soon!

    1. I am really waiting for that third book!

  6. I love seeing Twilight on this list. It doesn’t get enough love, in my opinion

    1. Agreed Tammy!

  7. McManus’ books were all great. She blends the mystery and teen drama well.

  8. Stephanie - Bookfever says: Reply

    People talk a lot of shit about Twilight but I really think that without it the whole YA book publishing world would look SO different!

  9. Yes! 50, Cinder, Twilight and now I need to read more Klune!

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