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I love today’s question because in college I was forced to read a bunch of books I NEVER would have picked up before, and it taught me so much about myself and about the world.
Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone
1 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison— At UCF, I minored in literature and in my senior year took a Toni Morrison class. Except for 2 books, I’ve read all of Morrison’s works. This entire list could have been just her books, actually- they’re challenging, terrifying and incredibly moving.
2Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexi—Alexi is a fantastic writer, and I loved the depiction of his culture in this book.
3The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut—I think anything by Vonnegut could have make this list too. His representation of religion pushed me to take another look at how others view spirituality and especially Christianity.
4The Stranger by Robert Campus— I read this in high school and probably didn’t “read between the lines” as well as my teacher suggested we do. But, I was introduced to existentialism because of this book.
5Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien- Ugh, war. Gross, bloody gory war. This book was extremely difficult to get through.
6One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey— Sexual references and tripped out episodes abound. Again, another book that pushed my boundaries and got me thinking.
7Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky— Murder! And, terrible decision making! This was a truly painful novel, but one I’m glad I read.
8One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez— Wow- this book took me 100 lightyears away from my comfort zone. There’s so much pain and hardship throughout every page and every chapter of this novel.
9Beloved by Toni Morrison— Phew, this book involved rape, death and so many other utterly brutal things. It is amazingly-written though and absolutely stunning.
10My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok— This book is about religion and art and their terrible and potentially-dangerous mix.
What books have taken you out of your comfort zone?