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Book Recommendations From Genres I Rarely Read

Time to shake things up a bit. 

I feel like I am constantly talking about the same books on here, so I decided it was time to feature some new books. I would say I am a pretty wide range reader, however, there are certain genres I barely touch. With that being said, I still read books from certain genres from time to time and I end up liking them. So I thought it’d be interesting to recommend you books from those genres I rarely reach for.

1. Historical Fiction


This is probably my least favorite genre of all times. These books just don’t do anything for me. I find them quite dull and there’s something always lacking in my reading experience of historical fiction. However, these two books are different. And they are also quite similar in tone and writing.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerris a gorgeously written novel set during World War II and it follows the perspectives of two people who lead very different lives, and are very different people, but their story begin to intertwine. This is almost lyrical and it’s so so beautiful and definitely worth your time.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is also a well known and loved book. This one is also set during the second World War and it follows the life of Liesel who is in love with books and her friendship with a Jewish man she hides in her basement. A very insightful story with a very unique narrator. It’s really wonderful and I highly recommend you pick it up.

2. Thriller/Mystery


Now I love this genre, however, thrillers tend to make me anxious and they really drain my energy, which is why I have to take long breaks between these books even though I love them.

You can’t go wrong with Gillian Flynn. I have said numerous times how in love with her books I am. If you want really great writing, really great stories and unlikeable female characters, she’s the place to go. And why wouldn’t you want that? I’d suggest starting with Gone Girlbecause I think it’s her best work, but you should read all of her books.

Kill the Next One by Federico Axat is a fairly recent read and it’s brilliant. If you want to read something that will keep you on the edge and completely mess with your mind, this is the way to go. It’s really really well thought out and executed so definitely check it out. I have a full review of it HERE, if you’re interested.

I feel like J.K. Rowling’s other work gets overlooked easily, but I think all of it is really really good. Her Cormoran Strike series is a great thriller/mystery series, and I especially recommend checking out The Silkworm. The case he takes on in that one is really spectacular and I loved it.

3. Non Fiction


I’d said on multiple occasions that non fiction bores me easily. However, there are some spectacular non fiction books out there that are well worth your while.

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates is a wonderful exploration of sexism in the day to day life of women. There’s chapters on politics and media and there are tweets from real life women sharing their experience. There’s also some very insightful statistics in this and it’s highly engaging and informative. I have a full review HERE. I also have a whole post dedicated to feminism and feminist literature so you can check that out as well HERE.

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich is a great place to start if you’re interested in psychology reading. Patient H.M. is one of the most famous psychological cases of all time, and this book is chuck full of details of his life. It’s also great to learn from about memory and our brains and it’s a highly interesting read. I have a full review HERE.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is one of the best books I ever read. Noah is a natural storyteller and he focuses on his life growing up in South Africa and doesn’t have any sort of celebrity memoir themes, which I loved. He is funny and charming and he does a wonderful job of portraying his mother, who is the heart of this story. Definitely worth your time. Full review on it HERE.

4. Middle Grade


I used to read more Middle Grade and I don’t anymore, which I should definitely correct. However, there are so many great books I read from this genre.

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer is one of my faves. It’s a story about a morally gray boy genius who learns about the world of fairies. It’s such a fun, interesting story that you’re bound to enjoy.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is a spectacular story about a girl whose father can bring book characters to life by reading. It’s a book lover’s dream book, and it features such a wonderful, magical world with beautiful characters. Definitely recommend.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman is a classic, but it’s so so wonderful. A magical story about a orphan girl Lyra struck into an epic adventure. And daemons! You should check it out and I should reread it ASAP.

So those are my recommendations! I hope you enjoyed the post and I would love to hear some recommendations from these genres if you have them!


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9 thoughts on “Book Recommendations From Genres I Rarely Read

  1. I agree with you on most of these, except I think Historical Fiction might be making it’s way into my favorite 🙂 I absolutely adore The Book Thief and I’m so happy you liked it! I think I read All the Light You We Cannot See when I was too young, because I remember being a bit bored until the second half of the book. That also might have to do with the fact that I’m used to reading shorter books. However, I agree with you on how beautifully the book is written, and I think I ultimately enjoyed it.

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  2. I’ve watched the movie for The Book Thief (twice actually) but not read the book. I got the book for my birthday and CANNOT WAIT TO READ. I feel that I didn’t enjoy Ink heart that much? Sadly. The Golden Compass COULD be counted as Middle Grade but honestly, you must have some great reading skills if you can read that in younger years. There is a LOT of adult themes there I think?

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    1. I think you’ll love the book, it’s amazing! Uh it sucks you did not like Inkheart, I used to adore that book when I was younger. And yes, for sure, His Dark Materials definitely has some adult topics. I loved it when I was younger for what it was, but I think if I reread it now, I would enjoy it even more and find more layers to the story itself

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