Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created over at The Broke and the Bookish! The topic for this week is supposed to be books that I am thankful for, but since I am Canadian I already wrote a post like this for Thanksgiving in October. Here is a link to that post in case you are curious!
I thought that this would be a great opportunity to catch up on a TTT topic that I missed but wanted to write anyway! I decided to share ten of the books that I have read that were out of my comfort zone. For a long time my comfort zone was very much historical and literary fiction, but since I started blogging I have made more of an effort to branch out and I have been loving it!
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I was never a lover of SciFi before I picked up Sleeping Giants on a whim. I heard a few people talked about this book and felt compelled to read it. Sleeping Giants opened up a whole new world (or should I say universe) for me! I have now read and loved a few SciFi novels this year, which I never would have done if I didn’t read Sleeping Giants, and its sequel- Waking Gods.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I had heard about The Night Circus for years but never picked it up because I rarely read fantasy novels, and if I did they were usually Young Adult. When I started watching booktube I noticed that so many people adored this book and I had to know what all the hype was about. I loved this book! It also opened my eyes to how beautiful fantasy novels can be. I truly believe that if I hadn’t read The Night Circus, I would never have been compelled to pick up books like A Darker Shade of Magic, and that would be a shame!
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Of course I had heard about Agatha Christie but I had no desire to pick up any of her novels. I thought that I was not a fantasy of murder mysteries, but once again I was proven wrong. Honestly, if this book was not made in to a movie I never would have read it! I now want to read more of her books, and I am hoping to read And Then There Were None really soon.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
I am not a fan of horror or scary movie or novels. I actually had no idea what Night Film was about when I picked it up. I saw it for a really good price, and had heard a few people talk about it so decided to buy it. This book was such a wild ride! I was so spooked by it, but I really enjoyed it! I still am not a horror fan, with the exception of Night Film.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
SciFi, strange format, and over 600 pages? There is no way I would ever have picked up Illuminae if it was not for all of the hype! This book was such a trill to read. I have never had such a unique reading experience in my life!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Young Adult contemporary romance is definitely not a genre that I usually gravitate to, but something about this series intrigued me! I am so happy that I picked the first book up because I ended up binge reading the trilogy- which is something that I never do. This has opened my eyes to the fact that there are a lot of great contemporary romance novels out there. I am open to recommendations as well!
Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
Fight Club is a movie that I have never seen and a book that I thought I would never read. I had heard someone on YouTube talking about how Chuck Palahniuk was their favourite author and the way the described Fight Club made me want to read it. This book is genius, and probably has my favourite ending of all time. I want to read more of his books!
Slaugtherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
I felt the same way about Slaughterhouse-Five as I did about Fight Club. For some reason I never thought I would read any of Vonnegut’s books! After reading Fight Club, I decided to try something new and wow! This book is amazing! Breakfast of Champions is now high on my TBR.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I have always played video games with my younger brother but I was never big in to the gamer culture. When I heard about Ready Player One I did not expect to ever read it. One day I went to the bookstore with my brother and we decided to both buy a copy and read it. Long story short we both loved it. It is now one of my favourite books of all time and I am always on hunt for books that are similar to it!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I had heard a lot about Neil Gaiman so I wanted to read one of his books. I went in to The Ocean at the End of the Lane not really knowing what it was about. As I was reading it I remember thinking that this is a book that I never would have read if I had known how strange and eerie it was. I stuck with it and, not surprisingly, I loved it!
I thought that this was a really interesting topic, and would love to know some of the books that you have read that were out of your comfort zone!