TTT: Books I enjoyed that are outside of my comfort zone

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl come January 2018. It was made through the love of lists, books and to bring readers together.

In my past years I have come to have quite a define comfort zone when it comes to books, for example when I was in my later teens I only tended to read YA dystopians but now as I’m older I find I’m expanding my horizons a lot more. In the past I also had a thing against reading standalone classics and I was reluctant to read any type of historical novel that didn’t have magical elements in it, I know, I was a right fussy little madam in the past! Nowadays, I can think of many books I want to read now that are out of my present comfort zones but as I said, genres that were out of my comfort zones in the past are now books I’d like to read and enjoy, so here I will feature the books that first kick-started my love of genres other than what I would read by default 🙂


YA Historical

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)

As mentioned above, I would never read historical fiction in the past if it didn’t have some kind of magic in it, but I felt a kind of calling to give this one a chance and discovered I don’t always have to have fantastical elements in a book to really enjoy it! I don’t know why I haven’t continued with this series yet but I basically wanted to read more historical fiction after I finished this one.

Adult Historical

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

When I first saw this book on GR I kind of turned my nose up at it because, time travel in the past? No thanks, but last year one of my support workers had read this and had said she could give it 6 stars if she could and strongly recommended it to me despite my overflowing TBR. I had to give it a go and I was not the least bit sorry, in fact I would strongly recommend it to all reluctant historical readers and those who just want a good adventure. This book also made me want to read more adult historical fiction which I certainly plan to do.

Techno thriller

Digital Fortress

Once again in the past I was reluctant to read anything by this author as his works obviously don’t have the much desired fantasy elements, but I saw a new copy of this in my college library and decided to give it a try. I will also say at the beginning I nearly DNFed it and sent it back because I had other ordered books coming, however something was telling me to persevere…. I was not the least bit regretful, in fact I was very pleased I decided to stick with this and am so surprised so many people hate this… :/ This is a genre I will be looking out for more in that’s for sure!

World/Religion/History Thriller

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

I. NEED. TO. READ. ON. IN. THIS. SERIES! Why have I also not done more in reading books of this type as well? There are plenty out there that my library has too, but life always seems to be getting in the way :/ But honestly though, this is the book that gave me a serious love for religious thrillers and all I can say now is mark my words I shall be looking for more of these types of books and of course finishing this series 😉

Romantic Comedy

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)

When one of my support workers in college forced me to take this out from the library, I will admit I thought a little negatively about this book and genre. OMG all the laughs I had! This is an author I will be reading more from and I think I’m also going to look for more YA humorous reads, when I have the time.

Humorous adventure

The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)

Another one where I was laughing for most of the book and rooting for the characters for the rest, this is another series I need to get a move on with, and yes, it does surprise me these days that I read and really enjoy a first book but forget about the rest of the series 😛 I also don’t think I’ve done too well with my resolution at the beginning of the year to finish off more past series… But honestly though this is not a book to be missed!

Graphic novels


Firstly let me say, even after reading and enjoying this I will never just read any graphic novel in the future especially those about superheroes cause I cannot stand those and never really got on with them… There again my tastes might change again one day as I never thought I’d read ANY type of graphic novel a few years ago 😛 I fell in love with this one from the first page for its philosophical explorations and stunning artwork which made me want to read more from this author of which I certainly will one day. I might even look for more graphic novels of this nature as this one was a pure gem I wish more knew about.


Expanding horizons… that has most of the time proven to be a good decision, which books have you read that are out of your comfort zone? 🙂

3 thoughts on “TTT: Books I enjoyed that are outside of my comfort zone

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