comfort zone reads

To Be Outside of my Happy Comfort Zone Reads

September 2, 2019 27 Comments

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)

comfort zone reads

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

5: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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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To Be Outside of my Happy Comfort Zone Reads | Top Ten Tuesday. Talking about comfort zone reads (aka the times I've wandered away from them!).

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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  • Anne@HeadFullofBooks September 2, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    I love it when I find books that I love but I didn’t think I would. Genres and topics outside my comfort zone

  • Greg September 2, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    I pick my outside- comfort-zone reads carefully too! Like you said, it usually goes better when I stick to what I like, but sometimes I do get a blogger rec or I try something new and am pleasantly surprised. Interesting to see Austen on here, because I’ve liked most if not all of the adaptations I’ve seen of her work, but when I tried reading Sense & sensibility it didn’t really work for me. Oh well… :)

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 5:23 PM

      “The Selection” is a “happy place” read for me. Now I just need to finish the series! :) Thanks for the visit, Nicole.

  • Mari @ Musings of a (Book) Girl September 3, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    I rarely read anything outside of my comfort zone. Mostly I enjoy young adult contemporaries and realistic fiction and that’s what I’ll stick with, thank you very much. If I am going to try something out of the ordinary I’ll go with horror or maybe fantasy (although fantasy usually doesn’t work for me).

    Mari @ Musings of a (Book) Girl recently posted: Five Things I Enjoy Outside of My Comfort Zone
    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 5:25 PM

      I don’t REAL often either, Mari, but sometimes, especially if it’s a debut author, I take a chance. :) I’m all about YA (or adult) contemporaries, too! They’re my most favorite, and same. I just cannot seem to jive well with fantasy. Thanks for visiting! :)

  • Genesis @ Whispering Chapters September 3, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    I’d love to read classic novels but I think I need to be in the correct mindset for them. If I ever do, I’d love to start with P&P and Wuthering Heights!

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters recently posted: Books Out of My Comfort Zone | Top Ten Tuesday
    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 5:28 PM

      I’d like to give another one a chance soon-ish, but like you, I suspect being in the right frame of mind would help. My mom has read “Pride and Prejudice,” and she really liked it. :) Appreciate your visit!

  • Jess @ Jessticulates September 3, 2019 at 4:58 AM

    Great list! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one I keep thinking of checking out. =)

    Jess @ Jessticulates recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday | Giving Romance a chance
    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:22 PM

      It’s SO good, Jess! Let me know if you read it. :) Appreciate your visit.

  • Lydia September 3, 2019 at 6:02 AM

    Have you seen the film based on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society? I watched the first bit of it recently and thought it was pretty good!

    My TTT.

    Lydia recently posted: An Update on My Walk to Mordor
    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:25 PM

      I have! It’s so good albeit quite different than the book. :) Thanks for visiting, Lydia.

  • Poinsettia September 3, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Great list! I love Jane Austen too, but I can certainly understand having a difficult time reading her works. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:38 PM

      I forever seem to have trouble with novels by Austen, but as adaptations, I love her stories! Hopefully someday the books and I will be friends. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Brittaney B September 3, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    I like to stick with what I know I love too. There are too many books, and not enough time. Although occasionally I find an exception, like Fawkes.

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:39 PM

      DITTO! Too many books, but not enough time is the forever struggle. But as you say, there are exceptions and sometimes those are the books we love best. :) Thanks, always, for the visit, Brittaney!!

  • Ashley S. September 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t usually read outside my comfort zone. I know what I like and will stick to that, most of the time. Though there’s been a few books that have turned out to be favorites that weren’t in my usual genres of choice.

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:40 PM

      I don’t either… but yes, on occasion I find that rare gem that’s THAT good. :) Appreciate your visit, Ashley.

  • Brooke Lorren September 3, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    I like to read lots of different kinds of books. I should read The Selection sometime.

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:42 PM

      I’m so glad you like various books, Brooke! Sometimes I read outside my comfort zone, but I know what I like, and for me, that’s when my reading life is best. :) Appreciate you visiting – and I hope you like “The Selection”!

  • Melanie Parker September 3, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Great list. I tried The Selection but it didn’t work for me sadly. I did love Sense and Sensibility though.

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:45 PM

      Nothing wrong with this, Melanie. :) Appreciate your visit!!

  • Lauren @ Always Me September 3, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    I was pleasantly surprised by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies both the book and the movie as well. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. :)

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:53 PM

      I thought the P+P+Z movie was SO MUCH FUN. Never in a million years did I think I would enjoy it, but I really did. Thank you for the visit here, Lauren. Always nice to chat with you.

  • Dini @ Dinipandareads September 4, 2019 at 4:22 AM

    Awesome list, Rissi! I think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would definitely be out of my comfort zone as well ? I tend to not read that often outside of my comfort zone, but there are a few genres that I don’t read often. I actually thought it’d be difficult to come up with a list and it turned out pretty easy haha

    My TTT post

    • Rissi JC September 9, 2019 at 6:55 PM

      I’m not a werewolf, witch or zombie (basically anything supernatural) kind of genre reader, but there have been a FEW that surprise me. P+P+Z is one of them. YAY! Easy blog posts are THE best. :) Appreciate your visit, as always, Dini.

  • Kyra Morris September 5, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    I read Northanger Abbey and it was a struggle for me to get through that. XD I then read Emma and LOVED it! I listened to the audiobook whilst reading along with a physical copy which really immersed me in the story!

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