Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since my last TTT post, mine hasn’t been all that interesting, I’ve just been working but it’s been going well so that’s good. It’s my birthday next week as well, so I’m excited for that, my birthday usually means treating myself to new books!
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books I Enjoyed That Were Outside My Comfort Zone, which was actually my suggestion because whilst I love all things YA, especially fantasy, it is fun sometimes to look outside your comfort zone and find unexpected favourites. So here we go, the books I enjoyed that aren’t my usual kind of read:
- PS I Love You-Celia Ahern
Whilst I wouldn’t say this was a favourite, considering that I never read anything that could even be considered a romance, I tried this after enjoying the film and I was quite surprised that I didn’t completely hate it. I wouldn’t say I loved it either, but it was a sweet enough book that I largely enjoyed.
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger
Again, one of the few romance novels that I’ve read that I enjoyed. What can I say, I wasn’t as cynical about romance when I was 15/16, and I think the time travel element added a novelty to this book that I enjoyed. Don’t watch the film though, it’s terrible.
3. My Sister’s Keeper-Jodi Picoult
This is one of my favourite books and on paper, I definitely wouldn’t have expected it to be, considering that I don’t really read adult fiction all that often. But I’m so glad I tried it, because it’s such a touching story and one that has really stayed with me over the years. As with the above book though, don’t watch the film, it really sucks.
4. Heading Home-Katie Flynn
I’m not even sure how I ended up with this book, because again, it’s a romance, but I really enjoyed the coming of age story in this one and from what I can remember, the romance wasn’t really the thing that I took away from this story, it was more about the Muldoon sisters growing up and striking out on their own.
5. The Priory of The Orange Tree-Samantha Shannon
Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, a feminist high fantasy with dragons by an author you love? Jo, that’s not out of your comfort zone at all. Well yes, in terms of content, it is right in my wheelhouse, but this book is OVER 800 PAGES LONG, and I tend not to read chunky books very often so in that respect it was very much out of my comfort zone. Thank goodness for Audible, because I would definitely not have consumed the physical book in 26 hours!
6. Catwoman: Soulstealer-Sarah J Maas
I love Sarah J Maas, but I’ve only very recently and quite tentatively got into superhero stuff over the last couple of years, so a book about a superhero (or anti-hero) is definitely not the kind of thing I would usually try. I’m glad I did though, because I really enjoyed Sarah’s take on Selina Kyle.
7. Becoming-Michelle Obama
I’m not really a big non-fiction reader, though I have been attempting to change that this year and I thought where better to start than with the memoir of a woman that I really admire? Needless to say, I loved this book, reading Michelle’s candid stories about growing up in Chicago, her life with Barack and of course her experience as First lady was incredibly entertaining.
8. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo
Short stories aren’t usually my thing, and I’ve never really read any short stories that form part of the mythology of an existing world before. However, I really loved Leigh’s Grisha-fied take on fairytales, I thought they were really great and it’s actually something I’d definitely be interested in seeing more authors doing.
9. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell
I’m not really a horror reader? I’ve read some fantasy that’s been kind of horror-lite, but straight horror is not usually my thing. Granted, I don’t know how this book compares to other horror books, it’s probably not as scary as something like Stephen King, but I’m kind of a scaredy cat, so anything like this is out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed this though, it was just creepy enough without being ridiculously scary, and it was quite different to anything else I’ve ever read.
10. Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman
I love Neal Shusterman’s books but this one was definitely very different to the other ones of his that I’ve read, and this book following a teen’s descent into schizophrenia was definitely out of my comfort zone as I’d never read a book that was quite this raw and intense about mental illness before. It was definitely a difficult read at times, but I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to read this, because it was definitely a very enlightening one.
So there we go, Books I Enjoyed That Were Out of My Comfort Zone. Do we share any? What books were on your list this week? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why, so that should be an interesting one.
For the rest of this week, I should have a review of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, and a #RockMyTBR post for August, so those should all be up by the end of the week.