Top Ten Tuesday [2]

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Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone 

I read an eclectic range of books. Nothing is off limits now, but these are some books that may have been firsts for me. Books that I may have been skeptic about at first and sometimes loved, sometimes not. These either opened my doors to new YA genres or scared me away (literally).

1. Behind Rebel Lines by Seymore Reit- Historical fiction is still not something that I normally pick up. This book is a great read and I enjoyed it, but it was definitely a stretch from what I normally read at the time.

2. Raven's Kiss by Tony LoTempio- While paranormal is my forte, adult books are not. I reviewed this book as a request from the author, I never would've gone out and buy it. It ended up being a good read and I'm glad I gave it a chance.

3. Nowhereville by Sean Campbell- I love fantasy books, but there's fantasy/supernatural and then there's sci-fi. I love sci-fi movies but I always find these kind of books hard to get into. This wasn't the case with Nowhereville, it's a great book for those of us interested in an easy version of the sci-fi adventures.

4. The Devouring by Simon Holt- Horror isn't something I watch or read. I saw this book on Book Closeouts and I think it was only a dollar or so, so I thought "Why not?". While it didn't change my view on horror books, still not a genre I prefer or really enjoy, it was a very interesting story.

5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan- Before this book I don't think I had read any "zombie" books at all. It was a gory horror filled element that gave me shivers just thinking about. Carrie Ryan changed my whole perspective and led me to open my eyes and read books like the magnificent Enclave by Ann Aguirre. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a bone chilling and suspenseful tale of hope and courage and it's amazing. (I recently bought Ashes by Ilsa Bick and Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry to continue my undead journey)

6. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin- Elsewhere was another bargain buy. It sounded different, dead people and all, but I just didn't enjoy this one at all. It was missing something very important, I couldn't tell you what that is, but it was lacking.

7. Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik- A historical realistic fiction with a flawed and relate-able slew of characters. A different read that was recommended to me. Eh. It was okay, I probably won't be reading anymore Lorna Landvik and I probably won't be reading anymore recommendations by said person.

8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles- I normally avoid cliche type love stories based on classics like Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, but I couldn't help giving this one a try. It's sappy and predictable but it will warm your heart.

9. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone- I read Uninvited because it sounded intriguing even though at the time I wasn't really into the paranormal books I was more a Sarah Dessen fan. It was hard to not laugh at the book honestly. It's one of the few books on my read shelf with 1 star, and one of the few books that most of my friends on goodreads have also given 1 or 2 stars.

10. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares- I loved The Last Summer by Ann Brashares so I had to read My Name is Memory. It was my first love reincarnated type book and I loved it. Absolutely loved it!


  1. I absolutely LOVED the Forest of Hands and Teeth! It pretty much started my love of zombies too...I've got Rot and Ruin, The End of Days, Ashes Ashes, and Warm bodies on my shelves just waiting for me to dive back in...Great Post and Happy Tuesday!

    Check out my Top 10 if you get a chance :)

  2. The Kitchen House is one that was definitely out of my comfort zone. It's about slavery, which is always unsettling, and there are other disturbing things that take place in the story as well. That being said, it's one of the best books I've ever read. It just goes to show that sometimes you need to step out of your happy place to gain new experiences. ;-)

  3. I am really not into paranormal, but I love reading about Love reincarnated.
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