Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top Ten Books Outside of My Confort Zone

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

I try really hard to not read books out of my comfort zone, but once in a while I trust the infinite wisdom of my fellow bloggers and pick up a book that I otherwise would not have read.

1. Willow by Julia Hoban - This book involves cutting (the self-mutilation type) after a big tragedy.  It involves very serious topics, like grief, adjustment, and friendship, but it is also has one of my all-time-favorite couples.  It is a true testament to the healing power of love.

2. A Blue so Dark by Holly Schindler - This book is about schizophrenia, heartache, responsibilities and how things can go wrong fast.  It was a hard novel to read, but it had a very profound message.

3. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler - I don't know how to describe this book.  It has to do with anorexia, and denial, with a 'paranormal' twist.  Not my favorite book, but didn't hate it either.

4.  If I Stay by Gale Forman - Another difficult book to read for me.  At the store I kept looking at the cover and reading the description at the back and I put it back.  I found it later at the library and decided to give it a try.  I am glad I did!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - The reason why I started reading this series was because Stephenie Meyer blogged about it, I don't think I would have read it otherwise.  This was one of the first dystopian books that I've read and it is now one of my favorite series of all time. 

6. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson - I would have never picked up this book on my own.  It seemed so "dry" and I was not attracted to the cover at all.  Then at the end of last year I saw it in several "best books" lists and wondered what I was missing.  This is a very profound book that makes you keep thinking about it after you turn the last page.

7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - Some of my co-workers read this book and passed it along between all of them and urged me to read it (I tend to gravitate to YA).  I finally gave in and had a hard time at the beginning,  but it turned out to be a really good book.

8. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder -  This is the first book in rime that I tried.  I thought it was going to be a paranormal book, but it turned out to be really sweet and I loved it.

9. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - The first zombie book I read was this one.  I love this series (I am listening to Dust & Decay right now!).  Realistic, cruel, dystopian and more.

10. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - *Creepy* Definitely something that I normally would not read.  At the same time I really enjoyed Ms. McMann's Wake series, so I decided to trust her and she didn't let me down.

What is in your Top Ten this week?


  1. I have Willow on my TBR pile- the reviews have been very positive for it. But I think it's out of my comfort zone as well. If I Stay was also not a usual read, but I ended up being pretty engrossed with it and even more so with Where She Went.

  2. The Adoration of Jenna Fox made me BAWL. I could not stop crying in the end...

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)


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