Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone
(whether you liked them or not)
Honestly, I don’t often read too many books that I consider “outside” my comfort zone, for several reasons. I’m generally quite open in terms of genres I’ll read – as long as the premise looks interesting – I’ll consider giving it a chance. And if I really felt it was outside my comfort zone, I probably wouldn’t read it in the first place. (Too many other books I know I want to read!)
- Blindness by Jose Saramego <– This was SUCH an uncomfortable book to get through. Can’t decide if I liked it or not.
- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua <– I don’t often read non-fiction books or memoirs, but the controversial nature surrounding this book plus the fact that it was about a culture I could possibly relate to intrigued me.
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult <– I don’t often read her books or that style, but this one pleasantly surprised me with how captivating a story it was.
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert <– Like Tiger Mother, I don’t often pick up memoir-type books but the hype about this book got me curious. In the end, thought it was just okay.
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb <– This came highly recommended from a friend I used to work with. A lot more intense than I would normally pick up but also a really good read.
- Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman <– A collection of interesting/funny/observant essays, I actually heard about this in an interview I read with Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost) and it sounded interesting. I’ve picked up several other books of Klosterman’s since reading this one.
- Anything by Stephen Frey <– I went through a legal thriller phase, and my friend introduced me to this author and I’ve read several of his books since. Loved ’em.
- The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks <– This was a weird one. At the time I read this, I was big into chick-lits… but I wouldn’t consider Nicholas Sparks books as “chick-lits” as they’re often romantically sad and not funny at all. I hadn’t been a fan of A Walk to Remember or The Notebook (even tho I LOVED the movies) but I gave this one a shot.. Maybe because it had a few repeating characters from Notebook, I found this one a pleasant surprise.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel <– I like reading “strange” quirky books, but usually steer clear from “philosophical” ones… this book, even after I read the ending, still took me a day to digest when it suddenly hit me what it all meant – making it all the more brilliant (and disturbing)
- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory <– I read this just as the movie was coming out, never thinking I’d be interested in historical fiction. Philippa Gregory’s style of writing, mixed with factual information makes her books all the more fascinating. This book opened the door to historical fiction for me.