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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top Books I've Read That Were Out of My Comfort Zone

I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post their top ten lists on different bookish topics.

This week is all about reading outside of your comfort zone. Some of these books I ended up really liking, others not as much.

1. "Forbidden" by Tabitha Suzuma: I never would have chosen to read this one on my own. The topic of incest isn't really something that I would ever be comfortable with, but there were so many outstanding reviews online and I decided to give it a try. It is a tragic and heartbreaking story, but I didn't hate it. Tabitha Suzuma wrote it so well that you almost forgot what it was really about, at times. I don't think I would ever re-read this one, because it is really heavy material, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

2. "A Stolen Life: A Memoir" by Jaycee Dugard: I love memoirs, but I wasn't too sure about reading this considering the story being told. I finally decided to pick it up and I'm not really sure if I'm glad that I did. This is such a specific account of some really horrible things that happened to her and I don't think anyone could really say they liked the book.

3. "Darker Still" by Leanna Renee Hieber: I don't do historical fiction. I can't make myself enjoy it and I'm not really sure why that is. I only looked into this one because it had a gorgeous cover and I only decided to give it a shot because it was a historical paranormal. Fortunately, I loved it and I am now more open to reading historicals as long as they have some kind of paranormal aspect.

4. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins: I didn't pick this up until a while after all three had been released and that's mainly because the premise kind of scared the crap out of me. Kids battling to the death was not something I was excited to read about. Since it seemed like everyone and their mother were talking about this book, I finally decided to read it and I am so glad I did. It is now one of my favorite series of all time. I've actually started to re-read and I love it even more the second time.

5. "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa: I don't read books about faeries. I don't know why, but they don't appeal to me and really just seem silly. I know there are so many popular series about them, but I just couldn't bring myself to try them. I'm not usually a follower, but all over the place people were talking about Julie Kagawa's series. I decided, despite it being about faeries, to pick up the first book in her series. I didn't hate it, so I got the second one and so forth. It's not my favorite series of all time, but I thoroughly enjoyed all four books. So I might consider reading about faeries again someday.

Okay, so maybe I don't branch out much, because I can't seem to find any other books I've read that were out of my comfort zone. So five it will have to remain. What books are on your lists?


  1. I don't have a great memory so I picked only books I read this year. Hunger Games was excellent and I want to read The Iron King too.

  2. I really should get to The Hunger Games soon...I just keep putting it off because there is so much craziness surrounding it!

  3. I'm now about to start The Iron King. I still haven't read The Hunger Games, despite all the buzz and hype surrounding the series!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. The Iron King is a great choice. I was also reluctant to read that series but ended up really loving it. Same thing with the Hunger Games - I owned it for a year before I actually read it, but I loved it too. I totally agree with the Jaycee Dugger choice too. We have Forbidden in common and that book was made for this list! Darker Still sounds really good & I was initially uncomfortable with historicals as well. Great list.

  5. Hunger Games was on a lot of lists. My reason for not reading it initially was because of all the hype. It kind of turned me off, but then I picked up the first one and OH MY GOSH. haha



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