Happy Tuesday, readers, and happy September (!!). Today we’re talking about outside comfort zone reads, and their many wonderful (?) complications.
That Artsy Reader Girl | September 3: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone (i.e., a genre you don’t typically read or subject matter you’re not usually drawn to)
To be honest, I don’t really wander much outside the books that are my comfort reads. On occasion I do, but I find I read so much “better,” and enjoy my experience reading that much more if I read books I’m sure (or as sure as one can be) I’ll enjoy. It’s just how I work when it comes to reading, and over the years I’ve tried hard to perfect my reading preferences.
Life’s just too short to read books we don’t enjoy – especially if, like me, you tend to be a slow reader vs a speedy one.
Still, of course, I have read a few books that I’d put in this topical box. Likely there’s more than what I list below, but I can’t remember them, which means the list is a bit pitiful today. Let’s take a look.
Top Ten Tuesday September 3
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1: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I love Austen. I’ve seen countless adaptations of her works, and I’m the one (?) person who is still not weary of said adaptations and re-makes (bring on a new Emma and the new Masterpiece concoction known as Sandition). Still for some curious reason, I’ve never been able to get into her books. I did push through this one, but Northanger Abbey? It’s still on that DNF list. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Just sticking to the Austen themes. Pretty sure I’ve had this one on a list similar to this before, and I know I’ve mentioned the story that goes with it before. Suffice to say, I never (in a million years) planned to read this one, but then the movie came out, and I decided, I kinda’ had to give the book a chance. It’s fun. Amazon | Gooodreads
3: The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
This one was an “outside my comfort zone” read at the time I read it. It’s a secular novel which I don’t think I read much of when I picked this one up, but a glowing review from a reviewer whose talent amazes me convinced me I had to read this one. Turns out, I’m glad I did. Amazon | Goodreads
4: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Another one of those “at the time” reads, this is probably the first YA I really bought and read. Again, as it turns out, it’s another good one I’m glad I added to my shelf. It’s an easy read that makes me happy even if the plot is basic. Amazon | Goodreads
Pretty sure my thought process for this one was just its style; I didn’t think I’d be a reader who enjoyed novels written in epistolary format. Turns out, for this one, I certainly do, and same can be said for Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley. Amazon | Goodreads | on REGION 2 DVD
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Do you read out of your comfort zone reads? If so, how often? All the time? Infrequently? Do you prefer to read these types of books or are you a comfort only read? Have you read any of these? Let me know all the thoughts below! If you have a blog or joined in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, leave your links below. It may take me an entire week, but I’d love to come by and visit your bookish spaces.
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