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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?