Top Ten Books Outside My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed
That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

TTT for September 3, 2019
#TopTenTuesday

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For this edition of #TopTenTuesday, we are talking about Books I Enjoy That Are Outside My Comfort Zone.

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1. Time travel stories

I usually don’t like time travel stories, but it works here, with a nice mix of history and cultural touches.

Vintage 1954

2-3. Manga

I have tried to read Manga, but often I didn’t like them. Except these:
The Secret World of Arrietty is actually a Film Comic Adaptation, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. This story is cute, and the artwork is just stunning!
I was surprised to love Orange, because it’s basically a teenage love story, but the art is well done (essential for me), and the plot is actually intriguing and original. I quickly devoured the two thick volumes of it.

 Orange The Secret World of Arrietty

4. Ghost stories

I about never read ghost stories, but I won this book for somebody else. Before giving it to the person, I opened it, and devoured it! I was really surprised to enjoy this Middle Grade ghost story. Very rich story!

Trace

5. Hemingway

I really don’t like his books, except this one, a beautiful memoir on his time in Paris.

A Moveable Feast

6-7. Political books

Another genre I almost never read. But these were surprisingly very well done and interesting.

 Fear Democracy in Chains

8-9. WWII  and YA

Having read so much about WWII in my French curriculum and in novels, I now try to stay away form it. However, these 2 books were amazing, the first one for the quality and originality of the writing, the second for the content (WWII and YA, 2 categories I rarely read in).

 HHhH Defy the night

10. Essays

I rarely read short stories or essays collections, because I usually feel the end comes too abruptly. This one however, was fabulous, being written by an amazing author.Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Have you read any of these?
Any other good title you would recommend
in these categories?

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21 thoughts on “Top Ten Books Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Interesting list. One should try to go outside the comfort zone sometimes. It will probably surprise you. I seldom do though. I always said I don’t like time travel, but love Outlander and The Time Traveller’s Wife. I don’t know what it says about me. Maybe I have to change my mind? Liked a moveable feast and is eager to read more by him, and about him. Manga and Ghost stories, hmm, no, I don’t think so. Possibly the Canterville Ghost which I have already read. Political books,nja…WWII and YA, read to many of the first and not so many of the second. Essays, seldom but for Umberto Eco it is always open.

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  2. I often, or should I say usually, read outside my comfort zone. It acts as some kind of therapy for me. I rarely read romance though which I am not comfortable with because I usually find those books unreal. I am about to read A Moveable Feast and am glad to know you liked it so much. The only Hemingway book I have truly liked was For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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  3. Ah, it is nice when a book outside our comfort zone surprises us! It’s funny, I used to think sci-fi and time travel were outside of mine, and then I picked a few up, and now I can’t get enough! Funny how that works! And some, like classics, have simply never worked for me. Glad you were able to find these gems outside your usual fare!

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  4. Your first few choices were uncannily close to my own ‘out of comfort’ books. I too dislike ghost stories – anything that is not ‘real’ in fact so that includes spirits. Time travel doesn’t appeal much either. I;ve never read a Manga and would only go looking for one out of curiousity.

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  5. I usually don’t read manga, or read much outside my comfort zone, but I might have to try these! They sound so interesting! I’ve always been curious about trying manga, but never knew where I should start!

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