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Ten Books I Read that were Out of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:  Ten Books I Read that Were Out of My Comfort Zone

1.) Harry Potter-I was so not into the whole Harry Potter excitement for years.  I only read the books because people kept bugging me about them.  I wound up loving them but it was a huge thing for me to even read them.
2.) Black Dagger Brotherhood
3.) The Fever series
     Both of these are paranormal romance which I swore I would never read.  The idea of reading about sexy demons, fairies and vampires was so outside my comfort zone despite the fact that I was a huge fan of Anne Rice.
4.) The Stephanie Plum series-I used to make fun of people who enjoyed these books.  Now I am one of those people.
5.) Helter Skelter-I have always been interested in the Manson Family but seriously, I am super afraid of Charles Manson.  Even Pictures of him freak me out and I was very uncomfortable while reading this book even though it was really good.  As I have mentioned before, I had to keep this book at work and only read it at lunch because it freaked me out to have it in my house.
6.) Atlas Shrugged-I started this book 3 or 4 times before I actually got through it.  I don't know if it was the length or what I thought might be in the book but it really made me nervous.  I wound up really disliking this book but I am glad I can say that I finished it.
7.) The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1)-Even though I love Stephen King, this book was so different than what I am used to.
8.) Oryx and Crake-I have a tough time with Margaret Atwood in general and this book was so not my style and so far removed from what I normally read.
9.) Lolita-Nabokov creates the ultimate textbook pedophile and reading this book definitely made me squirm.
That's all I have this week.  What books have been outside your comfort zone?


  1. Ayn Rand is definitely on the other side of my comfort zone. I would like to give her a try, though, just to see what all the controversy is about.

  2. I've wanted to read Atlas Shrugged for a while, but the size of it is quite daunting. Kudos to you for finishing it!

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  3. I read Atlas Shrugged years ago and loved it then.
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  4. I've seen good reviews for Helter Skelter all over the place -- I might have to read it one of these days. Oryx and Crake is on my TBR bookcase, though I just can't get into it whenever I pick it up. Good list!

  5. The Gunslinger was definitely very surreal.

    I absolutely loved Oryx and Crake, but then it was exactly my kind of book! I still haven't read the Plum books. I have the first one but I keep forgetting all about it (it pops up on these lists a fair bit though!).

    Here's my list.


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