Top (Not Quite) Ten Tuesday: Recent Loves Out of The Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking books out of the comfort zone. For your information, my comfort zone is fantasy. It’s what I read most, and love the most. So here are 5 books I really enjoyed, and are not of the fantasy genre

The Martian by Andy  Weir // Science Fiction // Like the previous section suggest, the Martian was out of my comfort zone because I generally don’t read a lot of science fiction. I don’t exactly know why, but it has never appealed to me as much as fantasy has. But I absolutely loved the Martian. It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // Historical Fiction // While I do read some historical fiction, I definitely wouldn’t call it my comfort zone. Especially concerning WWII. I feel it’s a “sensitive” topic in a way, because it happened not that long ago. But The Nightingale is such a beautiful novel, and I am so grateful I picked it up.

Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch // Graphic novel // I don’t read all that many graphic novels, so I still consider them out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed the two volumes of Rat Queens I’ve read! The artwork is beautiful, the characters are hilarious and sassy, and genius. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt // Fiction // I labeled this fiction because this book spans quite a few genres, and I didn’t know what to call it. It’s brilliant. It’s unlike anything I have ever read. And I loved it. Plus, I could finally put my basic knowledge of Latin and French (and Greek) to use. 

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach // Science Fiction // Two science fiction novels in only a few months! That’s unheard of for me really. But this author (actually Rachel Aaron) already had my heart because of her “Legend of Eli Monpress” series. And I was not disappointed by this book! 


As the topic is books out of your comfort zone which you recently enjoyed, I don’t have 10 for you. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be recent or out of my comfort zone. But these 5 fit the bill perfectly! Have you read any of these? Which books were out of your comfort zone? 

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30 thoughts on “Top (Not Quite) Ten Tuesday: Recent Loves Out of The Comfort Zone

  1. I love The Secret History, such a good book, I was totally pulled into the story.
    And, I have a copy of Fortune’s Pawn and this is making me want to go and dig it out!
    Lynn 😀

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  2. Great list! I really want to read The Nightingale and The Secret History! I read Fortune’s Pawn last year, but I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. Maybe the second book will be better?

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    • I hope you’ll enjoy both! In a way, this is why I love the book blogging community. Because everyone loves/likes such different things in books, it makes it interesting! The second book is similar in a way, with a little more action but also a lot more brooding/emotion…

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  3. I watched The Martian the other night (I can’t believe I watched the movie first!) but I really want to read the book. I also don’t read that much sci-fi and I’m not sure why as the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed! Great list! 🙂

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

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  4. The Secret History turned out to be one of my favorite books ever, the writing and the story are beyond words. There’s been such a hype around the Martian that I didn’t know if I really wanted to read it or not but it does sound really good.

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  5. Such gorgeous covers! I’ve had The Martian, The Nightingale and The Secret History on my TBR for a while now and I think because they’re out of my comfort zone too, I’ve been a bit scared to pick them up but I think I will try them soon, I’ve only heard positive things! I’ve never heard of Fortune’s Pawn but I’m intrigued so I’m going to add it to my TBR 🙂

    Great List, Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

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