Hello fellow bookworms 💗 When I stumbled upon this Book Tag online, I knew it would be perfect, as this year I’ve started my Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge and been thinking about branching out with my reading this year. As I also love Book Tags I was happy to discover the Out of My Comfort Zone Book Tag – created by Emma @ emmmabooks – as it sounded like a great way to talk about some books that I don’t usually mention on my blog. The idea behind the book tag is answering the questions below by excluding your comfort zone genres or age range (that you usually mention on your platform), be it how specific or broad as you’d like. E.g. I won’t be allowed to use any Young Adult Books to answer the questions, as I really want to challenge myself and not just exclude my favorites genre – Fantasy. I almost exclusively talk about Young Adult books here, so I thought it would be nice to talk more about Adult books instead, especially as I want to read a few more books in this age range 😊
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I’m Tagging … 💗
- Sophie @ meandink
- Pauliina @ bookaholicdreamer
- Margaret @ weirdzeal
- Dani @ perspectiveofawriter
- Caitlin @ caitlinalthea
- Mel @ cottoncandybookwitch
1. A Book is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like.
Good Omens (Pratchett & Gaiman) ➽ I read Good Omens last March (before watching the show) and I ended up really enjoying it, despite it being very unlike what I usually reach for. Typically, I’m not a big fan of books that have a huge cast of characters and incredibly dense descriptions with lots of tiny details (here, we even have footnotes), as it makes it hard to follow the story when I have to wade through paragraphs that are hard to understand. However, I still enjoyed my reading experience with Good Omens, as the characters and themes of the story stole my heart and motivated me to get through the book even though it’s one of the hardest books I’ve read. I’ll definitely need to do a reread, as I have probably missed so many details 😄 I also have to admit that I prefer the show (it’s one of my ALL TIME favorites) because it’s a lot more accessible and easier to understand, but be it book or show, Aziraphale and Crowley own my heart 💗
2. A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.
Macbeth (William Shakespeare) & Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) ➽ I don’t know if you can classify ‘classics’ as a whole genre, but they are definitely a category of books that I held some stigma against (and I’m still not 100% free of it). I kind of blame assigned reading in high school as I always had the misfortune of being forced to read (and analyze) books that weren’t for me at all: classics or Adult Thrillers and that made me resent classic books. However, now that I can choose my own reading, I’m beginning to get interested in classics again. Macbeth is one of the only books I read in school that I actually liked: it has witches, murder, destiny and lots of blame to go around 😈 Getting though it was a bit harder, I really enjoyed making my way through the story. As fo classics I read on my own, I’m excluding A Christmas Carol (my favorite classic), as I already talked about it a couple of times. Instead, I also want to highlight my love for Alice Adventures in Wonderland, as it’s kind of my brand, with the Cheshire Cat and such 😉 Alice in Wonderland is a weird book, but that’s why I liked it and enjoy watching the adaptions there have been of the book so far 🥰
3. A book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Roshani Chokshi) ➽ This was probably the hardest question to answer for the Tag, as I’m always aware of the fact that adult books are out of my comfort zone (even when I think I’d really like them), so I decided to go for middle-grade books. In particular, Aru Shah and the End of Time, because I was very excited about this release because I adore Roshani Chokshi’s writing and love mythology. However, as I read the book I quickly realized that Middle Grade is not my comfort zone, apart from very few exceptions. I liked the book fine, but even with an author I love, I don’t connect to Middle Grade at all. While YA stills feels right for me, even though I’m outside the target audience, Middle Grade has become something I like but that’s missing the certain spark of engagement and that I’ve personally outgrown a while ago. That’s why I almost never reach for Middle-Grade books anymore, as the appeal is no longer substantial for me, even when the books are by authors whose YA books I’ve loved 😞
4. Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in.
Pauliina @ bookaholicdreamer (The Priory of the Orange Tree) ➽ I’m usually sneaking around on Goodreads looking at what the people I follow are reading and recommending, but so far I haven’t picked up any book I’ve seen around so far, as I’m only now beginning to read more out of my comfort zone. However, I love seeing what Pauliina is reading as she’s often mentioning books I have not heard of and providing me with recommendations that way! I especially loved reading her recently posted 10 Best Books of 2019 post as I loved hearing her gush about her favorites 🥰 With that being said, she’s made me intrigued by The Priory of the Orange Tree (Please tell me I’m not the only one who read this as Priority of the Orange Tree 😅😂), as I do try to get more into Adult Fantasy and I want to support a female fantasy author, as there are a lot of men in Adult Fantasy compared to YA. The book is a tome, but I’m determined to give it a try.
5. A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.
Becoming (Michelle Obama) & Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys) ➽ My top two priority reads right now are books that I’m really hoping to check out of my local library and that both sound promising! Becoming is a memoir about Michelle Obama and I’m really interested in reading about her experience of having been the First Lady and what her life was like before, as I don’t have extensive knowledge about that. When it comes to nonfiction I tend to gravitate towards autobiographies and memoirs more, when IÄm interested din the central protagonist of the story! (Please pray for me that I’ll be able to get ahold of a copy, as they’re all checked out all the time 😂) I also want to read Saöt to the sea, which is Adult Historical Fiction, as I want to read more of the genre and have heard fantastic things about Ruta Sepetys’ books. Salt to the Sea has been described as very engaging and emotional, so I hope that I can get hooked on the book.
6. A book or genre so out of what you normally read
that you’ll probably never give it a chance.
Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo) ➽ I slightly changed this question, as I still want to read Ninth House, it’s just not a priority read for me right now because it’s very out of my comfort zone and I need to be in a specific headspace to be reading a book as dark as this one. I’m happy that Leigh Bardugo has delved into writing adult, but the age range is still out of my comfort zone, as is Mystery/Thriller (even though I heard that there are also Fantasy elements) and the book seems to have some very heavy, dark themes that I need to be in the mood to stomach. Nevertheless, I’m still interested in reading this book as I’ve heard good things about the book from friends and as it’s written by an author whose books I’ve loved before, I hope to eventually end up reading and liking it 👀
What’s a book outside of your comfort zone that you enjoyed reading? What genres do you rarely reach for? 💗