Top Ten Tuesday 10: Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone

(Not in any particular order)

  1. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder: This was my first novel in verse. I received this through GalleyGrab (having never read a book by Lisa before) and I had no clue it was a novel in verse. Basically, I read this one by pure accident…and I ended up enjoying it. Which surprised me.
  2. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon: I’d never read a book by Jennifer before I read Don’t Breathe a Word (which I received from NetGalley). Needless to say, while I liked it for the most part, it was far from what I usually read. Had it not been for that cover, I may have skipped on this one.
  3. The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan: The reason why I requested this book on NetGalley was because of its gorgeous cover. This isn’t a book I’d normally pick up. It didn’t seem like I’d enjoy the plot. But I did. It was a nice read and I’m glad I took a chance on it.
  4. Legacy (Legacy, #1) by Cayla Kluver: I’m not big into historical YA stories, but again, the cover interested me. I decided to take a chance on this one, and I ended up enjoying it for the most part. And now I’m actually anticipating the sequel.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: This was my first YA contemporary novel. I’m a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy kind of person, so I kept putting this book off over and over again. In fact, had it not been for talk about the movie adaption last year (which appears to have stalled), I probably would’ve never touched this one. That would’ve been a huge mistake.
  6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I kept avoiding this book. I swore I wouldn’t like it. I didn’t find the description intriguing enough to read this one at first, but then I started seeing it everywhere  (and I mean everywhere). Eventually, I broke down and purchased a copy while shopping. Yeah. I devoured it within a few hours.
  7. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: I know I mentioned this one last week, but here it is again. Incest. Not exactly the most inviting topic, no? I had no intention of reading this book. But then I saw the reviews. And then it was on GalleyGrab. And then I downloaded it and allowed my heart to break repeatedly.
  8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: I read this back in 2007. It was the first YA novel I’d read in some time.  I’d heard a lot about it, but a love story about vampires? No thanks. Eventually I broke down and bought it. While this series gets a lot of hate (I happen to like it), I will say this: it was Twilight that made me interested in other YA titles.

So, that’s not ten…but it’s pretty close, no? I usually stick within my comfort zone, but I do branch out occasionally.

Have you read any of the books on my list? Which was your favorite? What books would you recommend for me to read (using this weeks topic)?

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Posted on November 8, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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