Top Ten Tuesday {25}

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone (whether you liked them or not):

1. Raw Blue - I've never been a fan of contemps, so this one was for sure out of my comfort zone when I signed up to participate in a tour. I was sold about ten pages in. The writing is phenomenal, the story is rich and real and, frankly, it's an all-time favourite of mine.

2. Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar - I hate vampires. If you're an avid reader of my blog, you'll know it's mainly because I want my vampires to be dark and horrible, not sparkly and frou-frou. Anyhoo, this blends steampunk, action, war and some serious hunky viciousness. It's epic.

3. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - This, too, was one of those contemps that my followers raved about consistently. So, I picked it up, I read it, and I loved it. It was so fun and sweet!

4. Dark Song - I love me some dark and twisty, but dark and twisty contemps have to be done just right to make me truly cringe. This story is brutal, and it's graphic and it is seriously wrong. That's why it pushed the envelope and, in a weird way, I loved it.

5. Boyfriends with Girlfriends - I'll be honest and say I haven't delved too deeply into the realm of LGBTQ fiction, but this one was one of my first attempts. It had a great premise and a solid plot, but I just wasn't completely sold - not the content that did that though...the writing style.

6. I Heart You, You Haunt Me - Verse novels are tricky for me. There's a subtext in the lack of excessive descriptiveness that needs to speak volumes, and this one works flawlessly. I adored how poetic it was.

7. The Long Weekend - I really don't read too much horror, or too many psychological thrillers, but when I was approached to read it, I couldn't help but be sold. The content is horrifying in and of itself. The author also is tremendously talented and paints a terrifying picture without going overboard. It's stunning.

8. Generation Dead - I love zombies in films and a lot of pop culture, but this was one of my first attempts at zombies in YA lit. Unfortunately, it fell horribly flat for me. I could barely get through it.

9. Life As We Knew It - This was one of my first dystopians (perhaps my first, actually), and I was sold on the cover. Colour me petty. It was bleak and dismal, for sure, but there was a trickle of hope that bled through the pages and sold me on the genre.

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - About five months after it came out, my little sister was reading this, and I teased her mercilessly. I believe I said something about a "hairy potter." Fastforward ten-odd years, and see how obsessed I am now? It convinced me there's more to YA fiction than I might have thought, and it's my favourite series of all time.


  1. Boyfriends With Girlfriends was tough for me too. It had nothing to do with the content theme, but it just really had no real plot. Maybe teens going through that sort of thing would appreciate it more. I'm going to have to look up Dark Song...
    I agree with Harry Potter. I never really imagined it would be my thing. I still haven't read them all, but I did start them and have enjoyed them so far.

  2. Harry Potter made my list for the exact same reason - when I was younger I thought fantasy was silly. Then I finally read HP - mind blown!

    I got a review copy of that first Vampire Empire book from a friend awhile back and didn't know anything about it. I ran across your review and decided to keep and read it - glad I got another reminder! I need to pick it up.

  3. I loved Life As We Knew It. It was such a unique story.

    Dark Song and Vampire Empire both sound really good. I think I will have to get myself a copy of each.

  4. Haha! Hairy Potter! I recently read an LGBTQ book as well. It was outside my comfort zone but I'm glad I read it. Very interesting and well written. I really need to pick up Amy and Roger.

  5. Funny how Harry moved people. Great list.

  6. Oooo you've got some great ones on that list Melissa! Vampire Empire I wouldn't say was out of my comfort zone since I enjoy vampires so much, but I definitely wouldn't have picked it up if not for blogger recommendations and that would have been a huge mistake on my part. Same with the Long Weekend. If not for you, that one would have passed me by and I wouldn't have experienced the brilliance of Savita:)

  7. "I want my vampires to be dark and horrible, not sparkly and frou-frou." LOL, I know understand your aversion to vamps. I'll definitely keep that in mind. :)

    I got "Raw Blue" for a tour and have yet to read it. *Facepalm* Hope to get to it this weekend. And yes, Dark Song was incredibly twisted and reminded me a lot of the movie "Fear" with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg.

  8. Raw Blue was out of my comfort zone, but I fell in love with it so much!

  9. Haha! Hairy Potter. Your sister knew what was up, though! (Now she probably teases you!)

  10. The Long Weekend sounds pretty freaky. I haven't read any of these (except HP!), but great list, Melissa!!

  11. I remember being skeptical about Harry Potter and then falling in love with it after only a few chapters. Love your story! :)

  12. Verse novels..yeah, you are braver than me. I am not ready for those at all

  13. I have been avoiding the verse novels. I don't know why. I'm afraid I won't like them, for one, but I just can't imagine them being any good. Even some of my favorite authors have verse novels, but I won't touch them.

    I also want to read The Long Weekend. I remember your review of it and I wanted to read it then, but I knew it would scare the poop out of me. I don't do well with horror. But I still have to read it.

    Great List!!

  14. Life As We Knew it was WAY outside my comfort zone. I think Alex's book was harder to stomach, though, and the last book? Let's just say I'm glad there's going to be a book four. I needed there to be a book four.


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