Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

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.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

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.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

5. The Revenant by Michael Punke
I read very few westerns. This one is great though.

The Revenant by Michael Punke

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.

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A teen trapped on a lifeboat with zoo animals. Magical realism that I enjoyed.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I thought this one would be slow and boring. It wasn’t.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

10. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
A book about werewolves… written in free verse. Weird, but it works.

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow


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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

  1. I’ve read none of these, and I’m really disappointed in myself, because half of them are on my TBR. xD I’m really looking forward to Circe, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! At this point, I also really need, like, a Stephen King read-a-thon so I can catch up on all his recent books that I’ve been a slacker about reading, even though I want to.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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