Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Topic : The book I’ve recently read that were out of my comfort zone
This is one of the very toughest TTT lists I’ve done, because my comfort zone is pretty darn huge. I know I probably sound bland and lame and like one of those people at a party who say “Oh I like all kinds of music, just not Country!” or something like that. But I’m being honest! I read from several genres pretty regularly. And of the genres I’m not as into (romance, westerns, poetry?) I haven’t read enough to even make a list.
So in an effort to produce something, I’m going to look at books outside of my current largest-read genres – fantasy, sci-fi, classics, and historical fiction – and give you a list of my “recent” favorite out-of-my-zone reads
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates : Because not only was this the first book strictly about social commentary that I’ve read in ages, but it was amazing.
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow : Because though I read a good amount of historical fiction, I think the last biography I read of a historical figure was back around 2010, and this one was incredibly well done and made me want to read more from that genre!
- Career of Evilby Robert Galbraith : Because I used to read way too many mystery novels and got burnt out on them, but these books by J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym have started to bring me back.
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer : Because despite saying “nope” about a million times while reading, I could not put this story about a doomed Everest climb down. Or stop thinking about it.
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari : Because his sense of humor made a book about the sociology behind modern dating incredibly fun and accessible.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins : Because it was a thriller full of horrible people that kept me engaged and guessing until the very end.
- How to be Danish by Patrick Kingsley : Because it gave me some remarkable insight into a country that I had never been to before, but that I fell in love with.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt : Because it was so beautiful, and relatable, and even now a year later I cannot accurately describe everything I felt while reading it.
- Deluxe : How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas : Because I don’t think I’ve ever read anything even remotely related to the fashion industry before (and my bland jeans and sweater wardrobes attests to that) but this book was absolutely fascinating.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh : Because who knew that such simple drawings could make you feel so much, and on such a wide spectrum?