Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books I enjoyed that are out of my comfort zone. I feel like I’ve done a similar topic before, so let’s see what I can come up with! I rated every single one of these books five stars.
The actual concept of Here wasn’t out of my comfort zone, but the fact that it’s a story told almost entirely without words is! This is the story of a place, and everything that happens in it, over the course of millennia.
While I can enjoy the occasional murder mystery and I can get into a thriller every now and then, a book about an obsessed stalker doesn’t really sound like my kind of thing. Surprisingly (or maybe not), I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down.
I’m not sure if this was the first feminist nonfiction I ever read or if it was one of the first, but it was definitely out of my comfort zone when I initially checked it out from the library. This author, though? Amazing.
I bought Nevernight when it was on sale, mostly because I’d just seen a ton of reviews of it and wondered what was up with it. This was also the first buddy read I ever did! I was already out of my comfort zone because of the buddy read, but even more than that, I was out of my comfort zone because this is a really bloody, murderous book about a literal school of assassins. It’s a wild ride, though, and I loved every minute of it.
Saga was the first graphic novel that I got really, really into, and it’s what started my love of graphic novels in general. I had never read an adult graphic novel like this, with all of the sex and drugs and war and nothing glossed over or censored out. It was very far out of my comfort zone at the time, but it was incredible and I loved it.
Though I’d definitely read my fair share of nonfiction before picking this book up, I think it was really the first book I’d read that focused primarily on race.
If you know me, then you know that I don’t really like to be spooked. I have very little spooky tolerance, but this book kept me intrigued and on the edge of my couch until the minute I finished. I felt like I was being haunted the entire time, but I finished it and I loved it.
I mostly read Becoming because of all the hype. Memoirs by First Ladies have never really been my thing (I read Hillary Clinton’s What Happened because of the presidential race, not because I cared about her life in the White House), but I figured I should read this one because Michelle Obama has always seemed so interesting and down-to-earth to me. I’m glad I read it, because it’s probably the best memoir I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of David Levithan, but reading an adult book by him in such an experimental style (it’s told entirely through dictionary entries) was new for me. Interestingly, this ended up being my favorite thing of his that I’ve ever read.
Hardcore sci-fi, space opera-type books have never really been my thing, but this series was recommended to me and I decided to take the leap and read it. Despite these books being enormous and there being a ton of information to absorb, I got through them really quickly because the world was so interesting and so well-developed. The series only gets better as it goes on, too. Someday I might go back and revisit this world by reading the Commonwealth Saga books, but today is not that day.
Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some great books that were out of your comfort zone? Let’s talk in the comments!