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Top 10 Books I Enjoyed Recently That Were Outside My Comfort Zone

I’ve read some of my favorite books by pushing outside my comfort zone. It’s good for the reading soul.

Top 10 Books I Enjoyed Recently That Were Outside My Comfort Zone

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1. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. This is a book it’s best not to know too much about going in. It’s got some intense moments, which is not usually not my thing. This was well written and offered an interesting take on a very popular genre.

2. November 9 by Colleen Hoover. I don’t read a lot of new adult books; this was one of two total I read last year. I’m glad I ventured outside the YA bubble!

3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This is a beautiful and moving middle grade book. I couldn’t get enough of this truly touching story. Plus, I NEVER read middle grade books, so WIN.

4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I wasn’t quite sure what this book was about when I started, but wow. It has a slightly scary vibe, which is why it made the list. But it’s really not that type of book.

5. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johsnon & Lauren Myracle. I’m just going to say it…I don’t like short stories. But – I read and LOVED My True Love Gave To Me. I ate it UP. And, Let it Snow also offered three good holiday stories. Wait. Maybe I ONLY like short stories about Christmas romance…?

6. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. I don’t read a lot of magical realism stories, and The Weight of Feathers was a stellar one to read. It’s lyrical and special.

7. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. This is another weird cover/scary-looking book. It’s really not, though. It really is hard to look past book covers sometimes!

8. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio. I’m sort of particular about the types of YA contemporary books I pick up. This was definitely outside my comfort zone…but that was the whole point. I really liked how my worldview expanded by reading this story.

9. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I don’t typically enjoy WWII set books. It just seems like an overused book setting. Wolf by Wolf’s twist on it was STELLAR. I’m basically obsessed with this story.

10. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. This isn’t really outside my “comfort zone” really, but there aren’t a lot of Wild West books in YA. I sunk into this one with its rootin’ tootin’ heroine!

What books have you read recently that were outside your typical genre or comfort zone?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.