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Monday, November 7, 2011

Ten Books I read that were outside my comfort zone

Top Ten Tuesday Topic: Ten books I read that were outside my comfort zone. This will be a tough list for me to create since, as my husband says, "You'll read anything, Anne." This is very true. I am comfortable with just about every genre and topic.  That said, here are a few books/types I remember feeling uncomfortable about as I read them:
1. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey---the horror genre is not for me and this book is scary!
2. Punkzilla by Adam Rapp--- very edgy realistic fiction.  A few too many swear words and truly uncomfortable situations for my comfort zone.
3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabocov---Pedophilia, I sure hope no one is comfortable with this topic. I know I wasn't.
4. Library Wars, Vol.1 by Kiiro Yumi---Japanese manga. I got all confused what direction I supposed to read the frames and I kept doing it backwards which made the story very confusing.  Ha!
5.  Tweak by Nic Sheff---I usually enjoy memoirs about people over-coming drug addiction but this book had too many minute details about drug use for my comfort level.

 1. Formula books... you know the kind where you could write the story because you know the formula for the plot?  I cannot make myself read these type of books.
2. Biographies/Memoirs of people where I disagree with their politics or values. I also don't read memoirs about people who are famous for a short time or because they are rich, etc. What could I possibly learn from them that I would care about?
3. Gratuitous sex or foul language---I don't avoid books that contain sex or language but it makes me cringe when it is over-the-top or gratuitous.
4. Horror genre---I don't DO scary.  I mean it.  I get scared by scary books (and movies) and I actually have nightmares.  Not worth it.
5. ...and zombies; sea monsters... I'm sorry but I just don't like the books which add zombies or monsters to classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 


  1. Lolita is DEFINITELY outside my comfort zone too, I've never been able to pick it up.

    (and of course I don't think you're boring for liking The Shipping News! I love when people like books I don't.)

  2. Regarding formula books: A lot of YA books clearly follow a standard formula; but some can keep you hooked, and some really can't! I find myself increasingly frustrated with YA contemporary romance. Thanks for stopping by my list and commenting :) I can see we have some similar themes and genres on our lists!

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  4. Lolita is outside of my comfort zone too, but I haven't read it yet, although I want to because you know, it's literature and all.

  5. Great list. I have real trouble with true fantasy, what I call "badgers with swords" books (somehow Harry Potter was great though). And I agree about the celebrity books just because they are famous. I'm just not impressed.

  6. Ha Ha! As much as I love zombies/horror, I am not sure I can bring myself to read P&P&Z anytime soon! It sounds so silly!!

  7. Yeah, Lolita. Uncomfortable topic, but apparently so very well written. It's on my TBR shelf so I'm not sure yet how I'll feel about it all when I finally get to reading it.

  8. I don't do horror..or zombies, etc. either. And NO--don't mix them with Jane Austen (or the other classics)!

    Here's my top ten, if you'd like to take a peek: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-tuesday-out-of-comfort-zone.html

  9. I also cringe with the language and sex is over the top. I don't mind books that contain them, but when I feel like the author is just using them as a shock factor, I cringe and I think it demeans the story.

  10. Pedophiles make me see red, as do rapists, and yet I loved Lolita - it's hard to say "I really enjoyed it" but truth is, I did. The writing and the character, especially the first half, was so well done. But what I really found interesting about it was my reaction to it, to Humbert - it was fascinating. To me, anyway!

  11. Lolita certainly has a terrible subject matter, but it is such a wonderful book. I like horror, but sometimes find it formulaic.

    Laura @ The Scarlet Letter.

  12. Lolita is one of the most beautifully written books ever. It is a not-to-missed book but it certainly has a despicable main character that made me feel very uncomfortable when I read it.


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