Friday Favorites: Books Outside My Usual Genre

Hello there, my dear bookish people! Somehow, it is once again Friday and I am here with another Friday Favorites post! This week has been spectacularly weird and chaotic for me (started a new work schedule, had to take my roommate’s dog to the emergency vet hospital, and found out I have to go a legal hearing, OH MY!), so I once again come to this post unprepared. But somehow, my brain has not completely failed me and I’ve got some random genre favorites to share!

So, my usual genres are Fantasy and Science Fiction. I very, very, very rarely read something that doesn’t have a magic system or a snarky AI (my favorites are ones that have BOTH!). But there have been a few outside genre books that have stuck in my head over the years and they definitely exhibit a vast spectrum of reading.

Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by William Queen – Welcome to the most random book on this list! I read this one back when I was in my early 20s. I was working at a tattoo/piercing salon as a shop clerk, which gave me a lot of down time in between helping clients select body jewlery and telling people that, yes, tattoos and piercings do hurt. One day I forgot to bring a book with me (THE HORROR!) and there was this book sitting on one of the artists sketching table. I picked it up and ABSOLUTELY DEVOURED IT. Under and Alone tells the harrowing story of an undercover copy as he infiltrates a violent motorcycle gang in Southern California. It was such an interesting insight into so many different ways of lives that I will never (thankfully) experience.

Audrey Hepburn Biography – Okay, so…I don’t remember which Audrey Hepburn biography, I just remember being fascinated. I know I read it when I was 19 or 20. I have always loved Audrey Hepburn movies (thanks to my grandma!)and I grabbed a biography of hers one time at the library. Hepburn had always seemed like an ethereal creature who lived only in the movies I watched her in. But this biography gave so many insights into her fascinating and often sad life. I don’t tend to like reading biographies because it feels voyeuristic, but something about this one didn’t make me feel that way. I think the most interesting part was learning about her time activism during World War II. Also, finding out that she was part Dutch! Being of Dutch descent myself, I liked this little connection.

And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily Series) by Tasha Alexander – Much to the despair of my mother and grandmother, I am not a mystery reader. While they read strictly from the mystery scene, I, as previous mentioned, prefer my books with some magic and/or space. Except in the case of Lady Emily. I may not have finished the series, but holy heck did I love the books that I read (I think I got like 4 books into the series?). Lady Emily is a widow in the Victorian era who begins to study ancient cultures after finding out her late husband’s journals. Which of course, leads to MYSTERY! Also, romance. Good, angsty, Victorian era romance. One day, when I find time in between my space battles and evil magicians, I need to finish this series.

What are some books outside your usual genre that you love?

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3 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Books Outside My Usual Genre

  1. I can only imagine how many times you had to repeat that all stabs hurt. Bahahaha! It sounds like an interesting job otherwise, though. I love seeing the creativity behind the tattoo art. Three of mine were freehand drawn right there in the shop and I’m just in awe of the skill! Under and Alone really does sound fascinating.


  2. I really loved Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. I don’t usually read contemporary but this one has LGBT rep as main characters and it was just such a fun story. I’m usually a fantasy/scifi nerd!


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