Top 5 Wednesday: Unexplored Genres and/or Tropes

Top 5 Wednesday

This blogging prompt is hosted by the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group

Today’s T5W prompt is Unexplored Genres and/or Tropes

Most of us will have a typical genre or few that we mostly stick to when we read, so for this I’m going to discuss genres or tropes that I haven’t read before, or that I’m not particularly well-read in. This means no Sci-Fi or Fantasy, as those are my go-to’s!

1. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart


This is a contemporary romance novel (my review linked above!). I don’t normally dabble in romance, unless its a sub-genre within a fantasy or something similar. They tend to be too cheesy for me and unrealistic. However, I will say that I love a good RomCom movie from time to time. Despite that, this book was absolutely riveting. The characters were realistic, their tensions and love practically palpable. I highly recommend, especially for anyone interested in the culinary industry 🙂


2. The Line Between by Tosca Lee

the line between

This thriller novel and its sequel, A Single Light, are both amazing. (my review linked above!). It starts off following the life of a woman who has spent her life in the bosom of a religious doomsday cult, when she is suddenly kicked out of that cult. But not only that, she then learns that the world is about to end around her, validating everything the cult had ever told her. She has to fight for her life physically as well as for her mind, as she races against the clock to save humanity against a plague.


3. Pauper King by E. Stuart Marlowe

Pauper King

This is a horror novel, and I admit that I have yet to read it. So, I can’t say much about it, except that all of the reviews so far love it. It is a mix up of fables and fairy tales gone wrong. And it is actually the next to read on my TBR, so be on the lookout for a review coming soon! It is a bit hefty, 470 pages long, so it may take a few weeks for me to get through it, as well as the other door-stop books I’m reading right now.


4. Second Skin: Fractures by M Damon Baker

Second Skin

This was actually my first read of the lit-RPG genre (my review linked above!). I would consider this fantasy as well, but it was so different of a fantasy that I am counting it for this T5W post! It was a bit strange to start off with, as an old man becomes a young woman, but after that awkward phase, the novel is actually really good. It helps that I enjoy RPG games (World of Warcraft, Runescape, etc.), and so this combined both my love of those video games as well as reading. It was a great experience, and I have bought the rest of the Second Skin books since then!


5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

This is a classic mystery novel, which I sincerely hope you have heard of before (my review linked above)! It was pretty good–if a bit dated with some of its sexist and racist subtleties. However, the mystery itself was interesting, and I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until I read the epilogue. Oh, I had my suspicions, but I always had to redo them after a new event occurred in the novel. If you haven’t given this one a try, I recommend it, as long as you are prepared for a classic–rather than more contemporary–novel.


What are some great novels that you recommend outside of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres?

What books have you read lately outside of your comfort zone?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Unexplored Genres and/or Tropes

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  1. I don’t know any of these because I’m a sci-fi-fantasy person too, but I like the way you chose a specific book for each genre! I’m currently reading a thriller called “An Anonymous Girl” which is out of my comfort zone too.

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