TTT #95 | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone. And I really like this one! I have started to pick up more books I wouldn’t normally and have been positively surprised by most of them. It’s so much fun finding a book you love when you weren’t expecting it at all! I love reading fantasy, mystery/thrillers and some historical fiction. So I’d say, almost anything outside of those genres is outside of my comfort zone haha. Let’s see which books made it to my list!

1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was everyone’s favorite book last year and I just didn’t think it would be something I would enjoy at all! I figured it was a contemporary romance and those are some of my least favorite books ever. But this one has a historical fiction component and that is actually something I really like. And it turned out I loved the romance! I never expected to give this such a high rating but I loved this one a lot.

2. Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

While I did love The Seven Husbands, I didn’t expect to also like Daisy Jones haha. I expected Evelyn Hugo to be an exception and saw some disappointing reviews for it. So I decided not to pick this one up. Until about a month ago when I saw it on Storytel and started the audiobook on a whim! The audiobook has a full cast and I listened to the whole book in one day. I enjoyed this one a lot and really wished I could listen to the songs mentioned in the story.

3. The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

Another adult romance haha. And a bit of a smutty one! I don’t read this at all but after seeing raving reviews I decided to give it a try with the audiobook. And while I still don’t really care for the smut parts, I did really like the romance. I also loved the autism representation.

4. The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

I liked The Kiss Quotient so much dat I also decided to listen to The Bride Test. And this was another winner! I once again enjoyed the romance and the autism rep. Although I do think I liked this book a little less than the first one. I do plan on reading the next one in the series though.

5. Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

This is a NA romance! And if there’s something that’s outside of my comfort zone, I’d say this is it!! But after seeing a ton of raving reviews I somehow decided to request this one on Netgalley. I was approved for the eARC and actually loved this one a lot! The romance was amazing and I loved the supportive family members. This book has one of my favorite book moms ever <3

6. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink – Scarlett Curtis

I don’t read that much non-fiction but came across this audiobook and decided to pick it up. It was very interesting to read all these essays and I enjoyed it more than I expected. I might read some more book like this!

7. First Grave on the Right – Darynda Jones

8. Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

The movie got a ton of praise and I want to read books before seeing their movie adaptations. So while this isn’t my cup of tea at all, it’s contemporary at that just in’t really my thing. But once I start reading it, I finished it in no time and I have been planning on reading the rest of the series ever since. It was a very enjoyable read about horrible people haha.

9. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Another non-fiction one. And I think my favorite out of the two. This was my first ‘feminist’ non fiction read and one I really enjoyed. I listened to the audiobook which had a very enjoyable narrator. This book made me think about feminism and I really appreciated that part.

10. Nocturnal – Wilder Poetry

And lastly a poetry collection. I’m not a big poetry reader but really liked this one. Apart from this one I also read 3 poetry collections by amanda lovelace, which I also enjoyed. I picked Nocturnal because it has the absolute best design. All the pages are gorgeous and I really appreciated the poetry.

These are 10 books I really enjoyed that are outside of my comfort zone. Have you read any of these? Would you consider picking them up? And do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

28 thoughts on “TTT #95 | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

    1. I hope you get to read them soon! And that you love them <3

    1. Aaaah, I hope you get to read them soon! RW&RB is my favorite out of those three and one of my favorite reads this year!!

  1. I have both those TJR books on my list- not only have I heard so many good things about both, but I liked the book by her that I read as well, and definitely want to read more of her work!

    1. I want to read more of her work as well! Her books aren’t in my comfort zone at all, but I’m willing to give the rest a try after loving both of these.

    1. Thank you! I hope you get to read Evelyn Hugo soon, what an amazing read that was.

  2. There are such great books on this list! Red White and Royal Blue is probably a top 5 for this year for me. And Hoang is a wonderful romance writer – I just finished The Bride Test and it was so sweet.
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    1. Yes, RW&RB is going to be high on my top list this year! What a wonderful book that was. I really hope she writes another great book.

    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun creating this list, it’s so interesting to see all the books I wouldn’t normally pick up but somehow highly enjoyed.

    1. It really has! And I can definitely understand that, but I was pleasantly surprised! Would recommend the audiobook for sure! I wish all audiobooks had full casts haha.

    1. I’m pretty sure you’ll love The Bride Test as well!! Hope you can read it soon 😀

    1. I never expected to love Evelyn as much as I did! And while Daisy Jones wasn’t as good, it was still pretty great in my opinion!

    1. I will definitely pick up another one now more easily because of RW&RB!

  3. I felt the same about Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo. I read both because of the hype but didn’t expect to like them since I couldn’t care less about celebrity stories, but both are now favourites!

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