Nov 8, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Outside My Comfort Zone

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly top tens. This week's list is - top ten books I read that were outside of my comfort zone. Some worked, some didn't. Some lead to more books, some lead me to stay away from a certain genre for good. Here's my list in no particular order.

We'll start with Twilight because it started it all for me. This isn't something I wanted to read, but too many people told me I had to. I wouldn't be here now if I hadn't given in. Thanks!

This one worked for me. I finished the series, and while this one was my favorite of the three novels, I do enjoy dystopian novels more now. I'd read a couple before, but there's nothing like The Hunger Games!

I didn't really enjoy this one as much as some other books. I'm not into the whole fantasty sci-fi genre, and I honestly didn't really know what it was about when I started it. I'm currently trying Glow, which is similar. We'll see.

Anita Blake is something that was recommended to me after reading Twilight. They are NOT the same in the least. However, this was much more than I bargained for and have since only read 5 of them. It just wasn't what I was comfortable with. I'd like to keep going.

Is there another book out there like this one? Wow. I've never read something quite like this book, and the theme is totally outside of the norm for me. I really ended up feeling for the characters, and I would read something like this again.

I believe I was one of the last people to pick up the Harry Potter series. I finished four because I am not a wizard reader, and I don't care that much about Harry or his friends. They're LONG novels, and I have many other things I want to try or love and want to read first. Plus, they've been spoiled, so I'm still mourning the loss of surprise.

So I moved on to Harry Dresden, wizard in Chicago. I used to live in that area, so I'm pretty critical. I finished three of these and they unfortunately did not become part of my comfort zone. Blah. We'll see on this series.

This series quickly became one of my favorites! This was recommended to me by my friend Audra, and I really doubted my ability to enjoy it. However, Cat and Bones have seriously grown on me. I love them like friends. Thanks Audra!

I'm NOT a fan of historical anything. I enjoy Jane Austen all the time, but when they're written now and based in the 1800s or so, it's just not my cup of tea. However, I really enjoyed Beauty Queens, so I thought I would try something else by her. Nope. Not for me! And I won't be picking up a historical romance type novel any time soon.

This book wasn't something I really wanted to read when I finally figured out what it was really about. But I finished it and wasn't happy about the whole theme. It's a real life issue, which is why I hated the whole idea of this book. Not the author's fault really. Just sad stuff.

So, what about you? What books have you read from outside your comfort zone? Do you like to do that? I like to be surprised with random gems, and sometimes that happens when you read something you're not used to reading. Either way, have a happy Tuesday!!


  1. Great list. I can't believe I forgot about the Dresden Files. They were out of my comfort zone because me reading male protagonist by male author is incredibly rare. Awesome books though!

    My top ten is here if you'd like a look :)

  2. I really like Cat & Bones too. I dont enjoy Anita Blake as much as other adult series, but I am on #6 and it's getting better. I'm planning on tucking one in here or there.

  3. The Hunger Games was my "gateway" to dystopian books. I'm so I read it.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  4. I actually really enjoy science fiction, but Across the Universe didn't do anything for me either. I was disappointed!

    Also, I love the Night Huntress series too! Cat & Bones are awesome characters. I read a lot of paranormal romance, but I actually balked at those at first because the covers are SO AWFUL!

  5. I couldn't stand reading the Hunger series. I loved the Harry Potter books.
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  6. I loved the Hunger Games too! :)

  7. I love/hate Laurell K. Hamilton. She was my next thing to read after Twilight too! I will say that The Anita Blake series seems to have peaked at around book 8/9 and then slowly degraded into pure lycanthrope on vampire sex and blood orgies. :P


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