Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone!

Hello lovelies,

It's that time again for Top 5 Wednesday, as created by the awesome GingerReadsLainey and now moderated by the lovely ThoughtsonTomes over on Goodreads!

This weeks topic is...Favourite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone! which I think is an awesome topic, it's always nice to find a book you love in a completely different genre!

My choices for this are;

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

This book is outside my comfort zone for a few reasons, 1) it's science fiction which I do enjoy but it needs to be exactly right, 2) it's character driven and very slow paced which is not necessarily outside my comfort zone I just haven't read a lot and I don't generally like the slow paced stuff and 3) but it has an element of religion which I would generally stay away from.
However, I have not stopped thinking about this book since I put it down, which for me is the mark of a truly excellent book, and it makes me want to read everything else Michel Faber has ever written.
Highly, highly recommend.

The Enchanted by Renee Denfield

Similarly with this one, I have not really stopped thinking about it since I've put it down, it was one of my favourite reads of last year. It was outside my comfort zone for a couple of reasons as well 1) it had elements of magical realism which I'm just not used to reading and understanding yet and 2) because of the really dark and graphic nature of the content.
The book is based on characters on and around death row, and goes into detail on some of the crimes committed. At some points I had to put this book down but the way it was written was truly magical and eye-opening and it's hard to believe (still) that this was a debut novel.
I very rarely cry at books but this one had me emotional.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

For anyone who has known me on any platform you will probably know by now that I cannot handle classics. I want to read them, but I just struggle. I struggle with anything written in a language that takes me slightly longer to compute (therefore slowing me down) and I get frustrated.
However, this year I picked this up on audiobook and I enjoyed it immensely. It's just really well written and a really enjoyable, relate-able story.
I would highly recommend the audiobook with narration by Rosamund Pike, she really brought the story to life for me.

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek

Non-fiction is definitely a genre outside my comfort zone. I do try to mix non-fiction into my reading because I think it is important however I still really struggle to pick them up.
However, this one was really interesting (pretty gory but not too much), I'm really interested in forensics and medicine and this kind of ties in to both of those topics.
This was super easy to read compare to a LOT of other non-fiction and I highly recommend it!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

You might know this too, but I really struggle with YA contemporary.
This was the first YA contemporary that I read as an adult and really enjoyed. It does have a bit of a thriller-type feeling to it which probably added to my enjoyment.
I know this is pretty hyped up and people have really mixed opinions about it, but I think it's a really good one for those who aren't that keen on YA contemporary in general!

    What are your favourite and least favourite genres?

    I'd also love to know what your Top 5 Favourite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone choices are, so leave your answers below, or if you've done this weeks, link me up below!

    1 comment:

    1. Yeah I don't read much contemporary, but I have warmed up to it more lately (it uses less energy than fantasy haha)...and I have the same problem with classics, which is why I only read maybe 1-2 classics each year.