This was super hard. I could argue it's because I read so widely--fantasy, sci fi, mystery, historical fiction, short stories, literary fiction, graphic novels, picture books...I'd consider all of them "my type of book." The reality still is that I don't venture outside of my comfort zone all that often. Just because it's a big comfort zone doesn't mean I need to stay safely inside it at all times. Of course, when I do, I am often pushed back towards what I already know I like. As I reviewed my Goodreads list of read books, I kept going, "Here's an unusual pick!--and I gave it 2 stars, never mind."
I couldn't even come up with ten that were both unusual for me and that I liked, but here's what I did find:
1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I've never been a vampire enthusiast, even back in the Anne Rice days. This book was surprisingly engaging, even if it is unabashedly a paranormal romance.
2. Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Gaudin, is not ANYBODY'S typical reading. I challenge you to find any other alternate history/skin shifter romance/intercontinental road race books. I was skeptical, but just like my mother's "refrigerator soup" made from leftovers, the total was more than the sum of its parts.
3. The Truth About Stacey adapted by Raina Telgemeier from Ann M. Martin's Babysitter Club novel. Another one that I assumed I was too mature for, but that I actually appreciated. I don't know if Martin's originals were as astute and charming, but Telgemeier has the golden touch, as far as I'm concerned.
4. Brody's Ghost, vol. 1-6, by Mark Crilley. While I have started reading more and more graphic novels, I generally prefer the ones that don't look like comic books or manga. Brody's Ghost counters both of these preferences, but I gulped it down and passed it along to my students. Solid storytelling and a recognizable sci fi feel made it easy for me to appreciate.