Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week there is a different topic and you make your own list that will fit into that theme.
Happy September everybody! This week is about books I enjoyed that were outside of my comfort zone. A lot of these I was assigned to read in classes. I don’t read much outside of my comfort zone unless it is due to class assignments but here are my top ten.
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
I really enjoy YA literature but not so much non-fiction. This is one of those books that had it not been assigned to me, I would not have read it. It was a well-rounded, quick read about a very powerful story. It may seem like a terrible crime at first but once you get into the story you might be surprised. A book I highly recommend.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Now…I already talked about this book in last weeks #TopTenTuesday when discussing books I would like to add to my personal library but it was also a book that was EXTREMELY out of my comfort zone. I ended up reading this book my senior year of high school and I remember really struggling with the slang and intense dystopian world Burgess created. I ended up falling in love with the novel and suggest it for anyone as a classic!
Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
I do not read many verse novels but this was one I really enjoyed. I ended up getting this book on Audiobook since it is narrated by Jason Reynolds himself. His narration brought something else to the book itself that otherwise would have not been there. Overall, it was a very emotional story that needed to be told and I am very fortunate to have read.
The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Okay…books based on real events are definitely NOT my favorite genre of book. I really struggle getting into the story and generally give up on them. This book however was not written like most I have read. Hesse did a wonderful job at telling a heart wrenching, captivating story that ended up giving me the chills by the end.
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Normally I do not enjoy reading memoir books because I find them boring; however, this was one of the best books I have ever read. This book honestly left me at a loss for words when I first read it. Following Susanna Kaysen’s time in McLean Hospital dealing with borderline personality disorder as a teen was very captivating. Definitely a book that everyone should read at least once.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book, like most people my age, was assigned for me to read during high school and I 100% was not interested in it. It ended up becoming one of my favorites after I read it though and is unforgettable. Fitzgerald even made me want to experience the story for myself…if only that were possible.
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Another non-fiction but this time about history. History books are the ones that truly make my eyes heavy and tired. This book, on the other had, had me continually wanting to find out “what else?” It is very interesting and educational.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Hey, Kiddo is a memoir graphic novel about the author/illustrator. This book was very heavy but moving. The author’s mother struggles with a heroin addiction and his father refuses to admit him, so he is raised by his grandparents. Krosoczka is very talented and this graphic novel was another step of healing for him. I highly suggest this novel for all teenage English classrooms as well as for everyone at home.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
This book is a poetry collection that truly hits home. I really struggle with poetry unless I am listening to it but this book was very enjoyable. Kaur writes about a woman’s journey of growth and coming to terms with the past, present and future. Great read overall.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Scythe is the first in a series of books written by Shusterman that I was assigned in a course I took last semester on YA literature. If it had not been assigned to me, I do not think I would have picked up this book due to it being a new dystopian novel. Most newer dystopian novels I have read I do not enjoy so I stopped giving them a chance. This book proved me wrong in every way and truly shocked me.
This concludes my list for the week. Which books have you really enjoyed that were outside your comfort zone? Would any of these make your list?