Five Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

Posted September 2, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 32 Comments

This week’s TTT topic is books I enjoyed that are outside of my comfort zone. These books could be genres I’m not typically interested in, subject matter I’m not usually drawn to, etc. I don’t push myself much since I insist that reading be a fun and pleasurable experience for me, and not a growing or learning experience (at least not all the time) so I only have five picks this week.

1. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
I went in to this thinking it’s bookish and it could be fun, but I didn’t have very high hopes. It’s a memoir and I’m super selective of which ones I read, so I wasn’t entirely sure it’d be a win for me. But it ended up being very fun! I’m actually reading the sequel right now, and it’s delightful. Helene is very funny.

2. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
This is adult urban fantasy, which I seriously never read. It wads an Audible Daily Deal one day, and my friend sent it to me because he thought I might like it. Guys, I’ve binged the entire series since. And it’s weird because there’s no romance! That’s another thing that makes it a very non-Jana book. The audio is fun, and I like the fantasy elements and the banter between characters. I’m looking forward to the release of the next book in October. It must be noted that I hate the book cover so much.

3. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
I read this only because I heard the audio was really good. There’s pretty much no romance and I’m not usually a steampunk fan, but the audio was amazing and I ended up loving this book!

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This one was out of my comfort zone because I hate crying. lol. As such, I tend to avoid WWII fiction. It’s also narrated by Death, which worried me. But it’s such a beautiful story.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I’m not a fantasy for fantasy’s sake kind of person. I don’t love magic on its own. Either one of these story elements require romance, and there’s none in this. lol. I’m also not so much a middle grade fan right now, but I knew I had to give Harry Potter a shot. I really loved it! Now I just have to read the rest of the series.

Which books have you really enjoyed that were outside your comfort zone?

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32 responses to “Five Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

    • Jana

      I find steampunk in books more than on the screen. lol. Definitely check out Sharon’s books! I really like her writing style.

  1. There is a movie from the ’80s based on 84 Charing Cross Road starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, and I highly recommend it. I got to the book that way rather than the other way around.

    • Jana

      I had no idea there was a movie, but it looks very sweet! I’ve added it to my watch list. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

  2. I love The Book Thief, too. I found it hard to read at first but when the story started progressing, I couldn’t stop reading. I also have Harry Potter on my list. I’m not a fan of fantasy either.

    • Jana

      I’ve never met anyone whose even heard of Annette Marie, so this is cool! I’ve only listened to her books, but I like the narrator for this particular series quite a bit. They’re very entertaining stories!

  3. My husband (London born) made me read 84 Charing Cross Road, and our copy has the sequel. Loved it. I’ve read several interesting memoirs now, so I don’t think they’re out of my comfort zone anymore,.

      • Most recently, “I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell, and “Not Quite Lost: Travels without a Sense of Direction” by Roz Morris. I have reviews for those on my blog. I also read a few travel books, which are also types of memoirs.

  4. I wasn’t too sure about Harry Potter at first. My daughter insisted we get the book on audio tape as we were traveling to visit my son at basic training. A thousand mile trip. We listened to all the books on audio tape and she has read them numerous times. We’ve also watched the movies more times than I can count.

  5. Sorry to be linking my post late, I wasn’t available earlier today to do that. So glad you discovered 84 Charing Cross Road, what a beautiful book, and yes, the sequel as well. AND, there’s a movie, totally worth watching as well.