Yay! Another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is one of those questions that makes you realize something about yourself. I don’t veer off the beaten path very often. Looking over what I remember reading last “yearish” (with the help of Goodreads) I really just read books by authors that I knew and trusted. Honestly, the last couple years I’ve read a lot more than in the past. Somewhere along the way from voracious reading as a teen to sporadic reading as an adult, I had trouble finding books that could hold my interest. Two things helped – book blogs and reading books by authors that I knew I was guaranteed to love their work. Still, this year I want to break out and start reading new things along with trusted favorites!
Five Books that I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book
#1 A Tiger by the Tail and Other Stories from the Heart of Korea by Linda Soon Curry
Despite being a huge lover of fairy tales, I've never really sought out to read the original tales very often. But lately I've had a desire to read more Asian folktales. This was a really enjoyable book; the folktales were charming. It's fascinating to see how many similar fairy tales there are across the world.
#2 Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
I love American Revolutionary History. Since I was a kid, I was always interested in the Georgian Era, particularly America's story of independence. I remember reading a book about the Marquis de Lafayette in school - I immediately read as many books as I could about him. It's been a long time since I've read a biography work and this is really a fun read.
#3 Rurouni Kenshin manga, volumes #1-5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki
This is my first manga read! My sister is a huge manga/anime fan, but despite that I've never been interested myself. However, after watching the Rurouni Kenshin films I decided to give the manga a try! So far I'm really enjoying it.
#4 The Blue Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Gordon Laite
Lately, I've decided to start "collecting" fairy tale books. I'll often visit Half Price Book Store and peruse the children's fairy tale section. I found this charming book there. The illustrations are gorgeous and the fairy tales are written in a kid-friendly way.
#5 Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson
I don't read a lot of non-fiction these days. I found this book at the library and it captured my interest. This is an autobiography and really a fascinating story of a girl's passion that led her to the Olympics. A really good read.