Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
I clearly tend to avoid venturing outside of my comfort zone quite often and this is largely because I don’t want to waste my time with books I do not enjoy. Thus, I always tend to favor reading YA over everything else. Every once in a while, though, I do manage to stumble upon some treasures outside of my favored area of reading.
10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I very nearly didn’t read this book. It was partially because I’d seen it described as Harry Potter, but with assassins instead. And that comparison irked me to the point that I was convinced the story and writing would be terrible. Well, I’m glad that I decided not to listen to that and actually went ahead with reading the novel becuase it blew me away. I’m not a hundred percent sure if this book fits this list because I can’t quite decide if it really is out of my comfort zone.
9. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
This novel is on here mainly because I don’t often read adult novels. I’ve always found that they don’t manage to keep me engaged often enough and while I’ve enjoyed a few, many become incredibly forgettable to me after I’ve finished them. This one, however, is likely to stick with me forever.
8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburry
The truth about this one is merely that I’m not overly fond of classics. To date, this is one of few books that I was assigned in an English class that I enjoyed well enough to decide I wanted a copy of my own.
7. Moongazer by Marianne Mancusi
Romance, hands down, is not my thing. I don’t like reading books with a focus on sex. I’ve also often found that I don’t care for the writing or plots that are often found within the pages of romance novels. But this particular book did surprise and impress me, so I’ll always be rather fond of it.
6. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
This is a crime fiction murder story with a hint of illusion that’s not quite illusion. While I could get into just about any story with magic, this one didn’t fully exist in that respect. I’m not one for mysteries or murder mysteries and so this isn’t a book I’d typically find myself reading. I still can’t recall quite how I happened upon my copy of this book, but it did bring me a rather fascinating read.
5. Educated by Tara Westover
This one scares me because pieces of it remind me of myself. It also scares me because the truth of the matter is that people like those Westover is related to actually exist. And while I don’t typically read non-fiction, this was one that ended up feeling incredibly important. Though I’ll admit, I have become aware of one other problematic feature that extends past just her family.
4. The Shadow of the Wind & The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Gothic horror is not the genre that anyone would expect me to enjoy. I didn’t expect myself to enjoy it. And yet, here I am, and this man is one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the story it weaved for Daniel in the first novel and the way it all connected to the insanity of the second. These stories are fantastic and definitely well out of my comfort zone.
3. The Book Thief by
I’m not typically one for historical fiction. In fact, I tend to avoid it. Even more so, I don’t care for WWII stories because there’s just so many of them and I find I get sick of it often. That said, this was an excellent book in so many ways. Aside from that, Liesel really spoke to me as a character.
2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I’m not the sort who typically reads non-fiction. And honestly, no one was more surprised than I was that I enjoyed reading this book. But something about Christopher McCandless spoke to me when I was eighteen years old and just finishing the summer that would mark the end of my childhood–more or less–and I found that I felt incredibly moved by his story. It’s one of few that holds a special place for me.
1. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
Honestly, I’m kind of ashamed of this one, but the truth is that it belongs on this list. And there’s probably no book that I could cite as being more out of my comfort zone than this one because of the utterly horrible, misogynistic, demeaning, and despicable things that the man behind this book has done. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t find some pieces of it to be quite humorous. For all his awful behavior, Max knows how to tell an amusing story. I look back fondly on his hotel bathroom experience because not only was it hilarious, but he definitely deserved it.
And that’s all for today! Happy Tuesday! Happy reading!