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Top 10 Tuesday 3rd September

on September 3, 2019

Hi and welcome back to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different bookish related theme each week. This week our topic is…..

Top 10 Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Illuminae & Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I put off reading the first of these books for ages because I was so sure it definitely wasn’t my thing. I don’t really enjoy books set in space but I finally ended up reading Illuminae for a challenge I was participating in and I had to go out and buy Gemina as soon as I’d finished. I have Obsidio but I still haven’t read it, because I’m not ready for the end!
  2. The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat. I would never have read this if it wasn’t for the publicist! She sent me a bind up ARC of the first two books and a really good pitch – I’d been communicating with her regularly and she knew what I liked and what I probably wouldn’t be interested in reading. She said, look I know this probably sounds like it’s not your thing but it is amazing and just give the first one a go and then tell me how you feel. I absolutely loved this series. Sometimes just taking a chance is the most rewarding thing.
  3. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. Another series I came to very late – they were all well and truly published by the time I read them (which meant I could binge them all in about five days). And also, it was the recommendation of a publicist working for the Australian publisher that was the reason I finally read them. I was pretty fatigued with vampire books, I tended to avoid them but I made an exception because she made them sound so good and I ended up loving them.
  4. Recursion by Blake Crouch. I don’t even know how to describe this book! It’s sci-fi with time travel but really different time travel. It’s not something I’d have ever picked up on my own, so sometimes having books turn up unsolicited can work out really well. This was incredibly interesting and complex and I liked it a heck of a lot more than I thought I would going into it.
  5. The People Smuggler by Robin De Crispigny. This gave me such a different perspective on the issue of people smuggling and “illegal immigrants” that arrive by boat. The media here presents these people in such a negative way that their stories get lost. This book was one of the first that I read that attempted to show just why not only do some people come here, but why others risk their lives to pilot the boats that try to reach Australian shores.
  6. A Song Of Ice & Fire by George R.R. Martin. When I was in high school, I went through this huge fantasy stage. Read everything David Eddings had ever written. I read The Hobbit. Tried to tackle Lord of the Rings but ended up giving up. I sort of dropped off fantasy and the like by the time I was in university and it’d been years since I’d read a series of that sort, before trying this one before watching the tv adaptation. It made me remember why I had been so into it earlier and I know there are other series’ out there, I just have to find them.
  7. The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Angie Fox. I don’t generally do ghosts. I’m not a fan. I can’t remember why I read this now, whether the first book was free on an eBook platform or if I got it from NetGalley. I picked it up at a time when I was really plowing my way through a lot of cosy type mysteries and this ended up in there too. I actually find the series really amusing – it’s light and fluffy but sometimes underneath there’s just enough in Verity’s encounters to create this sinister side. It always works out of course and they’re great palate cleaners. I am rather glad I found this series.
  8. The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. These are also perhaps not the sort of books I would generally gravitate towards even though I enjoy historical fiction. But I heard so much about these and they were so universally praised for the most part that I had to try them. And I absolutely loved these four books. I rated all of them 5 stars which is really unusual for me. I’ve been trying to get my husband to read them for years!
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I love Rainbow Rowell. I adored all of her novels except one (Landline) but when I heard about this I was pretty adamant that I was not interested at all. I liked Fangirl, which it kind of spun off from but I wasn’t interested in the fan fiction world that was referenced in that novel. But then I received a copy and thought eh, why not and I ended up really liking it a lot more than I thought I would. It’s definitely not my comfort zone, this novel based on a fan fiction of a series referenced in another of the author’s novel, especially as I haven’t read the series that I think this ‘fake’ series derives a lot of its inspiration from. But I liked Baz and Simon. And I’m definitely going to read Wayward Son.
  10. The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan. Normally prize winners and I are not friends. I often don’t tend to read war stories either, and I’ve not read much about prisoners of war in Asia. But I was really interested in this book and it ended up being incredibly spectacular. It definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone, in more ways than one but I was very glad that I read it and incredibly happy when it won the Man Booker Prize.

To be honest, this topic was actually a bit harder than I anticipated. I do tend to have a pretty large comfort zone and it’s not often that I think I push the boundaries with something that’s really quite far outside of it. There are things that I might think hmm, don’t really think that’s for me and sometimes I’m wrong.


8 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 3rd September

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    I agree about THE NARROW ROAD. What a disturbing topic but so well-written. Genres and topics outside my comfort zone

  2. Oh my gosh, I held onto Obsidio for so long because I was too afraid to read it and didn’t want the series to end but I finally did it a month or two ago and it was so good!

  3. I felt the same about Carry On but ended up loving it!

    My TTT!

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    The Narrow Road to the Deep North sounds like a very interesting read, and I don’t normally read a lot of prize-winning novels either.

    My TTT.

  5. Nicole says:

    I also included Illuminae on my list. It was SO good, I ended up re-reading the first two books before I read Obsidio. I have the first three Vampire Academy books but I still haven’t read them and I really need to! Great list. 🙂

    My TTT: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/books-i-wasnt-expecting-to-like-as-much-as-i-did/

  6. I love The Vampire Academy books! I got into them late as well!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  7. My friend from the place I used to work LOVED The Vampire Academy. I need to read it someday.

  8. Kyra says:

    I don’t like vampire books as blood makes me feel queasy. XD I might read The Vampire Academy series one day though, as I have heard good things.

    My TTT post!

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