Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!
This week’s (September 3rd, 2019) topic: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I read this early on when I joined the online YA community. I was really hesitant on picking up a sci-fi book because I didn’t think I would like that sort of thing. Thankfully I was dead wrong. Illuminae (and a couple after it) opened me up to a completely new category, now I love it.
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
The cover on this is amazing, so that is what really drove me to this book, I’m not going to lie. My only hesitation was that it was a western. I had never read a western and still have no experience in the genre – but this ended up being tons of fun. It wasn’t super heavy western and that made it really accessible to me. I would try another western, if it feature a female lead.
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
I don’t think I’m the only one that when I hear “magical realism,” I run in the other direction. I think I just had this preconceived notion of it that I didn’t like it and a couple of kind of meh experiences with it. I decided to give this one a try this year and I five starred it and fell in love with Katrina’s writing. I am not near as nervous of words “magical realism” anymore because of this book.
Saga Vol 1. by Brian K. Vaughan
This was WAY outside my comfort zone. I had zero experience with graphic novels or comic books and Saga was a little out there for something that I would normally grab. Thank god for branching out and getting out of my head. I own the nine volumes that have been released so far and freaking love it. I also now read graphic novels pretty regularly.
This is all I can think of right now. Anything else I choose would just be more from the same genres and that seems a bit redundant.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
I got this book in an Owlcrate Box and didn’t really want to read it. I’m not a major contemporary reader and even less hard-hitting contemporaries. If I do pick up a contemporary it’s usually fluff. I did decide to pick The Serpent King up and I am sooooo happy I did. It’s now one of my favourite books ever and Jeff Zentner is an auto-buy since then.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I don’t really enjoy non-fiction. It’s not my thing, I mostly read to try and forget about real life, lol. But I was gifted this one and love love love Mindy. I am really happy I read it, it was so much fun and instructive.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I wasn’t sure about this book when I first got it. It was given to me by a friend and since I knew she loved it so much I decided to give it a go. Again this was a hard-hitting contemporary with maybe a touch of fantasy. I wasn’t sure what I would think of it, but I absolutely loved it. It left me a ball of emotion.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I haven’t watched the show yet but I decided to give the book a shot. I don’t pick dystopian a lot and even less adult dystopian. I didn’t really know what to expect from it but I must say I really liked it.
What books did you enjoy that are outside of your comfort zone? Let us know in the comments!