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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

For this week, Top Ten Tuesday is focused on moving outside our comfort zones with our book choices. Since I started reading all the Truman nominees a few years ago, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone many times! Then a few years before that, I joined a book club that forced me to read a lot of books I never would have picked up before.

So, here is my list in no particular order.

Sky in the Deep – The Medieval-type war scenes were not something I ever thought I would enjoy, but Adrienne Young did a great job creating this story and all the characters.

Six of Crows – I was so surprised by how much I liked this book since it wasn’t like anything I have read before.

I Am Princess X – I put this book off as one of the last Truman nominees I read in the 17-18 school year. I ended up loving it. My oldest daughter claims it as one of her favorites as well.

The Bell Jar – Growing up in a very conservative school, I had basically only heard that Slyvia Plath was a raging feminist and to stay away from her books. It wasn’t until a few years ago I picked this up, read it, and really liked it.

Seriously, I’m Kidding – This was one of my first (unassigned) autobiographies that I read. I am usually a fiction only type person, so this was a nice segue into a different genre.

Gone Girl – I didn’t think I liked creepy, suspenseful books. Gillian Flynn proved that was not true.

Bossypants – Ellen’s autobiography made me reach for another one. I listened to this one, and it made it that much better coming from Tina Fey.

Miles Morales: Spider Man – Much to the disappointment of many of my friends, I am just not that into comic book characters/movies/books. This was on the list of possible Trumans for this school year, and let me say, it is better than half the list of books that actually made it to the final 12.

Forget Me Not – This was my first book written in verse. It was beautifully written, and it has encouraged me to pick up more books in verse.

The Kite Runner – It’s been a while since I read this book. I would say it has been at least 10 years ago. It was definitely a book that stuck with me, and not really like anything I had ever read before. I may need to reread it soon.


17 years of teaching experience 100s of books read

3 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

  1. Gone Girl and the Kite Runner are on my TBR (and my shelf, but since I’m a slacker, I haven’t read them yet). They’re out of my comfort zone, too, but I’m glad to hear that you liked them! I can’t wait to pick them up. I loved Sky in the Deep, too, even though it was a bit more violent than I normally read, and I can’t wait to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

    Here’s my TTT post.


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