What Happens When I Leave My Comfort Zone [Top Ten Tuesday]

This week’s topic – the top ten books I read that were out of my comfort zone – is an interesting one. I think I read a wide variety of books but there are still plenty of genres I don’t read. Yet you all make me try. And this is what happens.

Note: These are books that were out of my comfort zone WHEN I READ THEM. They might, as is the case with audiobooks, now be a regular for me.

Book: The Eye of the World
Genre: Fantasy
Verdict: Not for me

Book: Blankets
Genre: Graphic Novel
Verdict: Love at first sight

Book: Right Ho, Jeeves
Genre: Audiobook
Verdict: The start of a new type of reading love

Book: The Emperor of All Maladies
Genere: Nonfiction w/ Medical Focus
Verdict: Not a new fave but super interesting

Book: Chasing Brooklyn
Genre: Novel in Verse
Verdict: Love love love

Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Genre: Russian Lit
Verdict: Russian Lit is AWESOME

Book: A History of God
Genre: Religion
Verdict: Religion is fascinating. This book is not.

Book: Love Begins in Winter
Genre: Short Story
Verdict: Beautiful

Book: Shutter Island
Genre: Thriller
Verdict: Not for me

Book: Zombies vs. Unicorns
Genre: Zombie/Unicorn Fiction
Verdict: I apparently love Zombies


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish.


5 thoughts on “What Happens When I Leave My Comfort Zone [Top Ten Tuesday]

  1. zibilee November 8, 2011 / 9:15 am

    It sounds like you have done pretty well with reading out of your comfort zone, as I am only counting a few reads here that didn’t work for you. I am always eager to read out of my comfort zone, as often I discover new favorites. And I apparently love zombies as well!


  2. Sandy November 8, 2011 / 10:44 am

    Oh! Books in verse freaking ROCK MY WORLD. Who would have thought? But fantasy, and dry non-fiction I can leave behind. Not enough hours in the day as it is.


  3. Niki November 8, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    I try to make myself read out of my comfort zone from time to time, and mostly i realize that i should read those books a long time ago, because they were so good. Sci-fi is the only genre I’m a little cautious about, but i try to change that too.


  4. Vishy November 9, 2011 / 11:21 am

    You know, I can create a ‘TBR’ list from your list 🙂 All look like wonderful books! I have read ‘Right ho, Jeeves’ and loved it. I want to read Simon van Booy’s book ‘Love Begins in Winter’ and ‘Blankets’ and ‘The Emperor of Maladies’ and ‘Chasing Brooklyn’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ – pretty much most of them 🙂 I love the cover of ‘Chasing Brooklyn’ – so beautiful and haunting. I loved your comment on Karen Armstrong’s book – ‘Religion is fascinating. This book is not.’ 🙂


  5. Michelle November 23, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    You are a better woman than I! I can not get into novels in verse for anything. I just lose interest. I can’t even bother to pick them up at this point. I do still need to read Zombies vs. Unicorns so at the very least I can determine which “team” I’m on. Because, you know, that *is* the most important thing, lol.


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