This week’s theme is Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone. I tend to mostly read mysteries and thrillers, and prefer contemporary over historical fiction. I do read a fair amount of books in other genres though, and often end up enjoying them. The books listed below fall under fantasy, science fiction, or historical fiction. These are books I enjoyed more than I expected.
1. Circe by Madeline Miller
Mythology isn’t something I usually enjoy. This one is fantastic though. It ended up being one of my favorite reads in 2018.
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
I’m not a big fan of time travel books, so I wasn’t expecting to like this one very much. I was wrong. It’s great.
3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I thought I would be confused with all the characters. There is a lot happening, but it’s so good. I ended up reading the other books in the series too.
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A combination of historical fiction and romance is usually a turn off, but this one kept me captivated.
5. The Revenant by Michael Punke
I read very few westerns. This one is great though.
6. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Historical fiction about a stodgy butler. Never would have guessed this one would intrigue me as much as it did.
7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A teen trapped on a lifeboat with zoo animals. Magical realism that I enjoyed.
8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This was one of the first urban fantasy novels I read. I haven’t read much in this genre, but liking this book made me want to read more.
9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I thought this one would be slow and boring. It wasn’t.
10. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
A book about werewolves… written in free verse. Weird, but it works.
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