Monday, November 7, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted at The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s topic:
Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone (whether you liked them or not)

1. True Grit by Charles Portis (and I looooved it!)

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- Yes, when I first picked up this series, I was cautious. At the time, even though it was YA, it wasn’t appealing to me. The storyline/premise was offputting at first and I feared that I wouldn’t like it because it wasn’t my usual style of reading. Ooohh… I’m so glad though that I read it since it opened me into a whole new world and sub-genre (Dystopian) that I’m now obsessed with. ^^

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

4. These graphic novels: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Academy, Storm Born: Dark Swan series, and Vampire Knight. Graphic novels in general are out of my “comfort zone”. I don’t normally get into them at all- and never really saw the appeal. But I really loved these. They showed me something a bit different and the artwork is awesome. Oh, and Buffy… :D Long live Buffy! The others rock too, of course, but I love the Buffy graphics because it continues the story after the show’s final season. :D

5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin -- It was a DNF. Didn’t even manage to read enough to make it remotely count toward a semi-review or commentary. I may try to pick it up again sometime when I feel like putting more effort into if I can. It might just simply be not for me. It is out of my comfort zone with the extremely high fantasy (swords/sorcery style) so I might not ever get into this one no matter how hard I try.

6. The Hobbit -- Speaking of high Fantasy… like mentioned above, it is hard for me to get into that genre. Sure, I love fantasy, but not usually of the middle-earth and sorcery variety. I usually go for darker fantasy, or paranormal. But I adored The Hobbit. Read it when I was thirteen. Have reread it several times. Still love it.

7. Harry Potter -- A boy wizard with dorky glasses battling against some evil creep? Seriously, that was my first thought when I picked up the book at fifteen. Whoah, another thought is that I can’t believe it’s been that long. Yes, I was a teen when the books were out! :P I really didn’t expect to fall for the Harry Potter series as much as I did. Hell, at fifteen I was reading Stephen King, Anne Rice, Poe, Shakespeare, etc. It was my first foray into YA and I looooved it. I still love Harry Potter. I’m not ashamed to admit that I will be a Potter fan for life!

8. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard -- This is almost laughable because I’m so addicted to the television series. I read the books first, and they are pretty different from the series but just as enjoyable. What I mean here as “out of my comfort zone” is that I’m not usually one to read much mystery or soap-operaish books with a lot of teen drama, but there’s just something to the quality here that makes the series entertaining nonetheless.

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- It was my first classic re-telling/monster mash-up. Interesting, but honestly I’ve never been a fan of Pride and Prejudice so I still didn’t enjoy it much. But I have enjoyed a few other re-tellings and monster mash-ups since reading this one.

Hope you’re all having a good week so far!



  1. A lot of people seem to have had trouble with Harry...Not I saw the cover of the first book and was hooked immediately :) Great list! and Happy Tuesday!

  2. Harry Potter was totally in my comfort zone when it came out (I was in my early teens -- 13 I think) because I was a big huge fantasy fan.


    And huzzah for Jane Eyre.

  3. Yeah I didn't get into The Hunger Games as well in the first pages. Thank God I kept reading! The story revealed to be amazing! :)

  4. I love many of the ones you mentioned, especially Jane Eyre. Here's my post

  5. I love Harry Potter - I'm definitely a Potterhead! And The Hunger Games + Pretty Little Liars are definitely among my favorite series :)


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