This week’s topic is top ten books that were outside my comfort zone. This was a little hard for me. I’m not sure if that’s because I read a variety of books of if it’s because I stick with my comfort zone…Does that make sense? Anyway, here are my picks:
1. Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer
This is a non-fiction book. I don’t do non-fiction. I need some made up teenage angst (or even adult angst) or some mystical creatures. But I read this book because I had always toyed with the idea of being a vegetarian. Then I saw the author on Ellen and thought ‘hmmm I’m going to read his book.’ It changed my life. I haven’t touched meat since.
2. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Shroeder
This was the first verse novel I ever read and I honestly didn’t think I would like verse, so it was definitely outside my comfort zone. But I liked it….no I LOVED it!
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
HP is always on my lists, huh? I refused…adamantly for years that I would not read Harry Potter. I was so dumb. I was all ‘That’s a kids book blah blah blah’ Like I said, I was dumb. Now I read MG without a second thought.
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I think this book is outside of everyone’s comfort zone. It’s a hard book to read. The subject matter is so tough and it’s told in verse. It all comes together to be a utterly amazing story.
5. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
I don’t like angel books. End of story…..Until Unearthly came along. I loved this book so, so much! I’m so thrilled that I gave it a chance.
6. Wake by Lisa McMann
I read this before I started blogging and reading YA. It was so different from what I was reading at the time (adult paranormal romance & urban fantasy). I fell so in love with it. I ran out and bought Fade as soon as I read the last sentence.
7. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
I picked this book up years ago. This was before I knew about online book sites, let alone blogging. I did not read much realistic fiction at the time. This was a big departure from my norm, but I loved it. I know that it has a lot of mixed reviews but it just worked for me.
9. 1984 by George Orwell
I don’t read classics as much as I should, but I read this one and I’m very happy I did.
10. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
This is another one I read back when I did not read realistic fiction. I wanted something different and this was definitely something different, but I didn’t love it.