Top Ten Tuesday: Outside My Comfort Zone

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This week’s theme? “Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)” This one is going to be tough because I have become really entrenched in my comfort zones in the past few years. I went back through Goodreads chronologically and had to go back to 2012 to come up with ten titles for this topic. 2012! *hangs head in shame*

10. Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction (author) and Chip Zdarsky (artist)

Comics are still pretty outside my comfort zone, but I enjoyed the hell out of the filthy, funny, sweet sex comedy. Read in 2016.

9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Mysteries usually hold absolutely zero interest for me. I think this book was helped a lot by the setting (mid-century England in a big old house) and characters (precocious 10 Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family and neighbors). Read in 2015.

8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I like historical fiction, sure, but I almost never, ever find myself wanting to read WWII books. I picked this up because it won the Pulitzer Prize winners, and I have this weird compulsion to read anything that wins the fiction Pulitzer. Turns out I really enjoyed it, in spite of the WWII setting. Read in 2015.

7. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

As much as I’d like to pretend big, difficult, post-modern tomes are within my comfort zone, they’re not. But man… this book… I have no words. Read in 2015.

6. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

After my “READ ALL THE PETER GRANT BOOKS” binge last year, it feels a little weird to call out the first book in the series as something outside of my comfort zone. But, for as much as these are urban fantasy books, they are also detective procedurals, which in pretty much any format (e.g. books, tv, film) could not possibly be less compelling to me, or so I thought. Turns out I was wrong. Read in 2014.

5. Fourth of July Creek  by Smith Henderson

This book is the sort of realistic, rural America, literary fiction I almost never, ever want to pick-up. Read for a book club in 2014, and I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it.

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Thrillery-crime novel? No thank you! But when a book becomes THIS popular, I feel compelled to find out what the big deal is. It totally hooked me in and had its creepy way with me. Read in 2014.

3. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist)

My love of Saga is now a well-documented thing, but when I read this in 2014, comics were very much outside of my comfort zone. I’d heard good things about and picked it up in a sort of “well, maybe I’m a comics person” experiment. I still don’t know if I’m a comics person, but I am a Saga person. 

2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Again with the WWII! But this book is just so damned good, there was no way I wasn’t going to love it. This is another book club pick pushing me to read something I never would’ve picked up. Read in 2013.

1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Another mystery and book club read. Turns out Agatha Christie is pretty good at writing mysteries. Who knew?  Read in October 2012.


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