#TopTenTuesday: Outside My Comfort Zone

#TopTenTuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can check out all upcoming themes on their (awesome) blog!

This week’s theme is: books you read/enjoyed in the past year or so that were outside your comfort zone. Here are 5 books I’ve liked recently (or at least semi-recently) that were not in my usual genre(s).


1. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

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This one is pretty fresh in my mind since I only read it last week! It’s both a graphic novel and a memoir––two genres that I haven’t delved into much. I loved this book. It’s honest, powerful, and very compelling. (I also saw the Broadway musical this weekend, which was amazing!)

2. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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At the end of 2015, I was scrambling to meet my yearly book goal. I decided to give some shorter, middle-grade books a try. My younger sister had recently enjoyed The Penderwicks, so I picked it up. And I enjoyed it immensely! It’s a cute story with touching themes about childhood and family, and it reminded me of a lot of classic books I liked when I was a kid.

3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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I must admit, what first drew me to this book was some intense cover lust. JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER ART. I saw it a few times at bookstores, and I finally got it out of the library. Luckily, the contents didn’t disappoint! Vengeance Road is a YA western––something I don’t think I’d ever tried before. But it was a fun and exciting story with a pretty badass main character. It’s kind of like a YA version of True Grit.

4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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I tend to have a bit of an aversion to contemporary romance––and from the cover/title of this book alone, I probably never would have picked it up. But I heard some really positive things about it from friends, so I decided to take a risk and buy a copy. And actually, I really liked it! It was a sweet story, and I thought the romance was well-developed and not exactly what I expected.

5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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I’m not usually drawn to epic fantasy, but I’d heard good things about Seraphina––and also, DRAGONS. Enough said. I really enjoyed this book, and I loved Rachel Hartman’s descriptive writing style and original world-building.


 

How about you guys?

  • Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them?
  • If you’ve also written a #TopTenTuesday post, feel free to post a link in the comments! 🙂
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12 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Bookenstein

    I somehow forgot all about The Penderwicks. Kind of makes me want to do more throwback reads. Also, I keep hearing about Fun Home, I just might have to see what that’s all about.

  2. I’ve seen quite a lot of buzz about Vengeance Road. Western isn’t usually my go-to genre but this book sounds like a really interesting read. I might have to check it out. 😀

  3. I’m quite intrigued about Fun Home as I’m trying to write a family memoir of sorts… Am VERY excited for Vengeance Road! Was a tad disappointed in Serephina due to too many raving reviews! But did like the originality of the story! Here’s My TTT

    1. Fun Home is definitely worth reading if you’re interested in family memoirs/dramas. Hope you like Vengeance Road, too. 🙂 Sorry Seraphina wasn’t your thing; I’d heard kind of mixed things about it before I read it, but luckily I ended up enjoying it!

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