Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today I'm going into the archives and next up is the Top Ten Books Outside My Comfort Zone. Now, I've already posted my Top Ten YA Historical Fiction Novels, which is one of my non-comfort areas, and my Top Ten Book Club Reads, which include many books I never would've chosen on my own. So today I thought I'd post my Top Ten Adult Novels. I don't read (modern) adult novels nearly as much as I do YA, but ever since the Cormoran Strike books were revealed to be by J.K. Rowling, I have started reading some. Here are my favorites!
1) Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb. This adult contemporary is a really thought-provoking, beautiful, and sometimes humorous story about a woman confronting her family issues in the wake of weight-loss surgery. I've recommended it on my social media in the past.
2) World War Z by Max Brooks. Y'all know that I'm a big fan of nontraditional formats (and of fantasy/sci-fi stuff), and even though zombies aren't my thing, I totally loved this adult zombie apocalypse tale! The formatting got me.
3) J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike Series. J.K. Rowling's venture into adult thriller territory is just so absolutely great. I can't even tell you how happy it makes me to hear her voice in the story, and I really look forward to seeing what Cormoran and Robin do next. *Graphic content and language warning*
4) Room by Emma Donaghue. I like unusual POVs almost as much as I like nontraditional formats. This adult contemporary about a young boy born to a kidnapped woman and her kidnapper, as told through his innocent and unknowing perspective, is absolutely stunning.
5) The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. This, as an adult historical fiction, actually falls into two of my non-comfort zones. But I think it's absolutely fantastic! It tells the story of four Jewish woman who are present at the Masada Massacre in 70 A.D. What I love most about this is the perspective it gives on historical female empowerment--how women changed the course of history from within the strict confines of sexist societies. It really made me think.
6) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I don't know what to say about this adult fantasy romance except that it is beautiful. It fits my nature as a romantic very well.
7) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Like World War Z, this is a fantastic adult sci-fi told in a nontraditional format. Unlike World War Z, there are no zombies--just some giant, ancient statues and a lot of mystery.
8) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This is probably my favorite Jodi Picoult novel, partly because it focuses on teenage characters, but also because it's just a very captivating and twisty adult contemporary. It tells the story of a legal battle surrounding a girl who was conceived for the purpose of donating her bone marrow to her cancer-struck sister, but who no longer wants to be used in that way.
9) Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next Series. This quirky adult fantasy takes place in an alternate world where, among other things, books can be illegally altered and fictional characters can come to life. It follows a woman who works as a "literary detective" seeking the offenders in such crimes, and it's hilarious. I'm on book three right now.
Writing this post has made me realize that I've read and enjoyed a lot more great adult novels than I thought! It was hard to narrow down. What adult novels do you love the most?
Let me know, and I will be back on Wednesday.
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