Top Ten Tuesday | Comfort Zone Anomaly


 
I’m something of a habitual reader. Up until the last five-eight years, I was a definite comfort zone reader. I knew what I liked and was stuck albeit happily in that rut. To varying degrees I am still that same reader, however I have branched out and quite surprisingly, I’ve found some of my most favorite reads because of this.  

Broke and Bookish February 23rd Topic 
Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren't My Typical Genre/Type of Book
(or that was out of your comfort zone) 

Like usual, I’m breaking the rules just a bit. There are two parts to this list. The first is the books I have read that were something of an anomaly read. The second are books I’m planning to read in my immediate bookish future that are out-of-my-comfort-zone books. 

Let’s take a look.  
 
#1. The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
 
I hardly ever, no scratch that, I never read classic literature. But well, I did read this little novel and have to say, the film is WAY better. Sadly, this was full of little substance, but then considering this was written by a very young Alcott, it's pardonable.
 
 
SILVER PETTICOAT FILM REVIEW | The Inheritance
 
#2. The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
 
I don't read much adult secular fiction, but I SO enjoyed this one! The fact that it was set in England only upped the wit, and of course, the fairy tale elements were charming. Have you read any of Hester's novels?
 
Amazon | Goodreads



#3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  
 I read dystopian now without much of a second thought. However at the time, reading this book was pure and simple, me buckling to the peer pressure of seeing the film (yes, I realize this is over a year ago I read it despite coming into the fandom late). And apparently I wasn’t about to let myself see it before reading the novel. 
 
FILM REVIEW | The Hunger Games 
 
#4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I don’t consider myself all that versed on fantasy fiction. I enjoy the genre at the box office, but when it comes to reading, I’m pretty clueless. Still, I did enjoy this one. 


#5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green  

It’s no secret that contemporary fiction is, overall, the genre I favor most. Still, reading this was unusual because I knew how it was set to end and sad books are a big no-no for this girl.

 
FILM REVIEW | The Fault in Our Stars

#6. Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
 
I'm not a big fan of this era in books or film. However, this novel was beautiful!

 
#7. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
 
I've made all kinds of errors with today's topic. But as is the norm, it's late and I'm not making changes. This one is a mistake because it should have been included in the "bonus" books at the bottom. It's not yet out, so I've not read it. That being said, it sounds amazing albeit slightly out of my usual reading material 


#8. The End of the World by Amy Matayo
 
Because I'm such a "happy person" book reader, this one was something of a "shock." Don't misunderstand, it's the best kind of surprise. This novel is a must read, and will certainly be on my shelf for years to come! It's beautiful in so many ways; a review was just recently posted to the blog for those interested (plus there is a GIVEAWAY!).

 
KINDLE GIVEAWAY | The End of the World

#9. Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
 
I read this one thanks to the INSPYs and it was absolutely stunning. Such an unusual historical read for me, but happily, memorable.
 
Amazon | Goodreads
 

#10. Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Epic and unique. What other words can describe this talented authors debut?


 

#11. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This book was one that earned nothing but an eye roll from me when I saw it at the bookstore. Since then, a film has been adapted, and said film has tempted me to ignore my once cynical self.  


#12. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I’m not a tragic story kind of girl. But having just seen the trailer for this, I am interested. The book has gotten many rave reviews, and despite that, I’m crippled by the idea the ending will anger or sadden or annoy me. Or maybe it plain and simple won’t make sense.

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This is my list of books that weren’t and aren’t going-to-be my typical sort of read. 

Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What sort of books are out of your comfort zone? Looking through this list, what other books would you recommend I give a chance? 

Comment down below with your thoughts and don’t forget to share your Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to visit.  

Thank you for visiting, fellow bloggers and readers.  
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  1. I have read and enjoyed The Hunger Games and Fault in Our Stars but am currently reading Truthwitch! I also have a couple more of these on my TBR.

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    1. Yay for TBR piles. Glad you enjoyed THG and FIOS, Eve. Happy Truthwitch reading.

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  2. I'm so happy that you're going to give Me Before You a chance. It really is one of my favourite books of all time, so I'm pleased to see it on your list! I hope you like it!

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi. This makes me happy. I'm nervous about reading it, but hopeful I'll like it... at least I hope to appreciate it as a work of fiction if not love it. :)

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  3. Fantastic list :)
    I have quite a few of them on my TBR pile but haven't gotten to them yet.
    I am with you not the Pride and Prejudice and Zombie thing. It is so far out of my typical not really existing comfort zone. I am happy to hear another person not happily snatching that up but having a bit of a pause with that one :)

    My TTT: http://booksbeautifylife.blogspot.de/2016/02/top-10-tuesday-books-different-books-i.html

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    1. Thanks! I had fun trying to find some out-of-my-comfort zone reads. I'm so not a zombie fan, but considering I really liked Warm Bodies (an anomaly) and I do like all things Austen, I'm more than willing to give it a chance! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting today - and for your Top 10 Tuesday link. I enjoyed your list. :)

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  4. I like the way you set up your list. It's nice seeing people bend the rules, it makes it so not all the lists look the same in set up. I hadn't even heard of The Hunger Games until I saw a trailer for the first movie. I was intrigued and sought out the books and read all three before seeing the movie. The goal was to just read at least the first book, but I was sucked into that world (though I am still a little annoyed there is no map in the book of what Panem looks like though the authors eye. Those books need a map in my opinion.)

    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. Thanks, Marie. It was fun to put this list together. :)

      I haven't read Catching Fire yet but did read THG and "Mockingjay" in correlation with their respective films. I must admit, I do like the films a lot more than the books. ;)

      Thanks so very much for visiting. Off to read your Top 10 Tuesday post. :)

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  5. The Inheritance! I confess I only know of it because of the TV Movie that was made ages ago. That being said - it's just as good as her other works. Glad to see it mentioned! Great list this week. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I like the movie lots better for The Inheritance but it was fun to read the book. :)

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  6. I've been curious about Truthwitch, and storm Siren looks very good.

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    1. Storm Siren IS indeed very good. Hope you enjoy it if you read it sometime, Greg. :)

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  7. Truthwitch was a fun read! It's fast paced and has a really interesting magic system. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Are you planning on sticking with the series?

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    1. The magic system in Truthwitch is unique. And yes, I'm definitely planning on reading the next book. I'm curious to see where the story goes! You? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Kelly.

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  8. I still need to read several of these! The Runaway Princess is definitely on my TBR pile, thanks to another of your TTT posts :) My TTT

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    1. Yay for new TBR adds. Those are always fun. Thank you for another visit, Carrie. Always appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets an eyeroll from me, too! Though, I love P&P so much, I am seriously considering giving it a shot :p

    My TTT.

    Also, feel free to check out the last week of our giveaway!

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    1. Same here, Allyson. I'm going to read it (because the movie looks like WAY too much fun to miss) and hope for the best. Friends tell me it's not bad. :) Let me know if you read it.

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  10. Glad you read (and hopefully enjoyed) The Hunger Games.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/top-ten-tuesday-45/

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    1. Thanks! I actually like the adaptations of The Hunger Games lots better. :)

      Thanks for visiting; off to read your Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

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  11. I've only read a couple of the books on your list. Some of the others have me curious though.;) I'm trying to decide what I think about Pride and Prejudice being a zombie story.;)

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    1. Curious leads to the possibility of new amazing reads. Or at least it has for me! As for P+P+Z, I know what you mean. I've been told it's fabulous though so I have high hopes. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Amanda. I look forward to playing catch up on your blog soon. :)

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  12. I work at a book store, and Jojo Moyes is crazy popular! Going to have to see what all the fuss is about. Excited to see Luther and Katharina on here bc I'm going to read-to-review it!! Here's My TTT

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    1. I'll bet! Her book seems to be everywhere these days - especially prevalent on my Twitter feed even. ;)

      Yay! Hope you enjoy Luther and Katharina, Jennifer. Thanks so much for stopping by, the blog follow and comment. It's great to meet you. :)

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  13. Interesting picks! I want to read Me Before You for the same reasons. :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. LOL, that's what I strive for, Lauren - my Top 10 Tuesday posts tend to be quite eclectic (including next week's!). ;)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  14. I have read quite a few of your picks. I loved ME Before You and would recommend anything by Jojo Moyes. Her books have the same kind of feel but are all good.

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    1. Wonderful. This is great to know, Mia; I'm glad so many seem to like Jojo's novel. :)

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  15. How did I miss this???! All your picks are so fun and as usual, your graphics are amaze. I haven't heard of Runaway Princess (at least I don't think I have) so I'll have to check it out. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. It's always fun to make these.

      The Runaway Princess is super cute. But then that might be because it's set in England which is like bookish catnip. ;)

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  16. As much as I LOVE the P&P&Z movie, I'm still not sure I'll ever read the book. From what I know of it, the film differs quite a bit (which is typical, right? :) and I'd really rather just watch the film! :) But I hope you enjoy if/when you read it.

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  17. Oh! And I'm glad you reminded me of Hester Brown's book! I still haven't read that, I need to move it up my TBR.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that, Kara. I hear it's actually not too different than Austen's original (if you can imagine that!), but I'm a tiny bit skeptical. Still, I seem to be able to separate books and films, so I'm hoping if I dislike the book it won't affect my opinion as I go into the film or vice versa.

      Yay for The Runaway Princess. It's so cute! :)

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