Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Outside of My Comfort Zone

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This week’s Top Ten: Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone (whether you liked them or not).

I have pretty broad reading tastes, and there aren’t many books that I will absolutely avoid, but there are certain genres that are more to my liking than others.  Here’s a list of some of the books that prove that I should keep a more open mind when I am searching for my next read. 

This first book deserves a little more of an introduction than the rest of the titles on my list, because it totally changed my reading expectations.  At one time, I absolutely despised books written in first person point of view. The only thing I hated more were first person point of view told in present tense. Nothing guaranteed that I would put down a book quicker than that.  Then I received a review copy of this book, and that opinion totally changed.  Now there are times when I prefer 1st person POV!  This has opened up a whole new world of reading for me!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Er, the zombie plague is much too scary for me to read.  And there is no way to have a romance with being chased by rotting corpses.  Right?  Wrong!

Unlocked by Courtney Milan – I hate short length stories! There isn’t time to get to know the characters!  Oh, maybe I need to reassess that opinion.

Clarity by Kim Harrington – Mysteries are boring!  Too much sleuthing and thinking and not enough action and suspense.  Oh, wait!

The Enemy by Charlie Higson – Those pesky zombies again.  I can’t read a scary, icky book about rotting corpses.  Oh, wait, maybe I can!

My Brother’s Shadow by Monika Schroeder – WWI (or WWII for that matter!) is too depressing and just not for me.  Oops!  It’s still depressing, but a little more interesting that I thought!

Orchards by Holly Thompson – This book is in verse!  Ugh!  I don’t like books in verse!  Oh, wait!  Silly  me!  That was one of the best books I’ve read all year!

Gantz by Hiroya Oku – Alien hunting?  Gratuitous violence?  Who knew being politically incorrect could be so much fun?   I am still on the fence about this title, but it is insidious, because I keep reading new volumes!

What are some books that coaxed you into reading outside of your comfort zone?

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Outside of My Comfort Zone

  • November 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Willow by Julia Hoban- i don’t usually read this kind of emotional, 1st person tragedy but i did and it was really good!! touching and i honestly cried at some points ^^;

  • November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I haven’t read Lauren Oliver’s debut, and I’ve been reading around the blog that I definitely should *lol*

    – Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  • November 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I liked the way you put these, showing us why you didn’t want to read them in the first place. Great list!

    The thought of reading a zombie novel has always revolted me, but maybe I should try The Forest of Hands and Teeth. 🙂

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