Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: The Top Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
Talking animals were cool when I was little, but I wasn’t so sure about an abbey full of talking critters. But the way Brian Jacques make each character have a personality was amazing. Thanks to my husband for getting me to read this book.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Science Fiction is not my thing. I have never watched Star Wars or Star Trek and I thought any SciFi novel would be like that (there is nothing wrong with any of that, but I am a historical fiction kind of girl) but I was wrong. Thank goodness I took the plunge and read one of the best books ever!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
I was never into the Disney Princesses and faeries always seemed a bit too foo-foo for me. However, the Iron Fey series isn’t about your normal foo-foo faeries. These faeries kick some butt and are so very cute! An added bonus is a cat-like creature that has a knack of saving the day!

Animal Farm by George Orwell
A book with lots of metaphors that alludes to political stuff… yuck! Only this book actually does have an interesting story and Communism made a bit more sense after this.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
I’m not a huge fan of comics/graphic novels, but this was pretty cute. It was nice to have some pictures to look at while I read.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Again, graphic novels isn’t what I usually read and I definitely don’t read scary stories, but this was an interesting find. It still creeped me out, but I am glad I was adventurous and read it!

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
I try to avoid stories where main characters might die which is why I usually avoid stories about war. However, Walter Dean Myers is an awesome writer and this book about the fighting in Iraq was well done yet moving. It made me think about all the sides and points of view of fighting in the Middle East and while it wasn’t the happiest book I ever read, it was worthwhile and insightful.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
I LOVE P&P but zombies usually aren’t my thing. Sooooooo creepy. But this book made the P&P sisters pretty awesome. When I watched the BBC version of P&P after I read the book I actually kind of hoped zombies would jump out and Mr. Darcy & Lizzie would have to work together to save the world!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy is a bit iffy for me, but I had to read some fantasy book for a class and chose the Hobbit because I knew the movie was going to be made and wanted to be prepared. Although there was no romance (or really any females at all), this was a pretty good read. And now I am ready to see Bilbo & Gandalf on the big screen.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This was another book I had to read for a graduate class. Oh my goodness! This book weirded me out and the movie was even creepier. However, the book is amazingly good. If nothing else, this book will make you appreciate your parents.


  1. Some really good books there. I especially liked the Hunger Games & The Hobbit. I think I will have to revisit Animal Farm now I'm an adult, I might just like it more and perhaps understand it more too. Great choices on your list :D

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  2. Great list! I agree on many of these.

    I should have included The Hobbit on my list because it's not my usual thing, either, but it's my husband's favorite book, and we read it aloud to each other when we were first dating.

    I haven't read Animal Farm since HS but that was a good one, too.


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