Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside My Comfort Zone.

November 8, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make ten books on this…I have my favourite genres and I stick to them most of the time. Call me what you will. 

1) Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
This book ended up being a DNF…not sure if they can be included on this list, but I did try reading it and it was completely and utterly outside my comfort zone. I got 100 pages in, four people had been brutally murdered and I was absolutely confused over everything that was going on in the book. 

2) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight brought me back into YA fiction. Yes, it may not be the best book written in the history of forever, but we have this book to thank for a lot of book blogs. Before reading this, I only chose books that were either classics or sold to the adult market. The book was far outside my comfort zone and stopped me from falling into the trap that only ‘adult’ fiction was worth reading. 

3) American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
I bought this book because I am obsessed with all things American. Then I read it and realised that this was completely unlike any book I’d read before. I’m not sure what puts this outside my comfort zone, exactly. But I know that this book definitely did not sit in it!

4) Before I Die by Jenny Downham
I avoid books that deal with the big ‘C’ like the plague. It’s such a hard topic for me, so picking up this book and actually reading it pushed me so far out of my comfort zone, it was mad. I almost didn’t finish it. I really disliked the main character, and I found her actions to be extremely selfish, yet that didn’t stop me from sobbing like a baby when I reached the end of this powerful book.

I can only think of four that have really made an impact of being outside my comfort zone! I like being safe with my books, as you can tell! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside My Comfort Zone.

  1. Trish

    I’m glad to hear that about child 44. I’ve had my hand on it a few times and then end up passing it over for something else. I guess now I won’t even bother trying anymore.

  2. Alexa

    Honestly, I agree about Twilight – even if I don’t think it’s the best piece of literature out there, at least it got people reading!


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