Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

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?

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

    1. Hi Lydia! I will say, the slang used in A Clockwork Orange was really hard for me to understand so I just went slow through the book and took my time learning it. Let me know what you think of it if you do give it another try!


  1. Destiny – I enjoyed looking through your top ten list. Girl, Interrupted is one of my favorites. The intense, deep books really draw me in and that is definitely one of them that did the trick. I have also watched the movie a million times. It may be a little dark for some but I enjoy working my way through the mind of a complicated character. I am really intrigued by Hey, Kiddo and have added it to my list of books that I would like to tackle this semester. What is your favorite genre to read? Do you like a slow build or are you more of an ‘action off the bat’ reader?

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    1. Hi! I am a lot like you in the sense that I like intense novels that have a deep meaning. I don’t always like them but most of the time they really intrigue me. I have read books about the Columbine shooting, Jeffery Dahmer and more which are all very intense. Girl Interrupted was by far my favorite though. What are some of your favorite intense novels you have read?

      I hope you enjoy Hey, Kiddo if you end up reading it. It is a graphic novel which made it an easy read and it was incredible. Let me know what you do think of it if you remember.

      My favorite genre to read is dystopian normally. I also really enjoy romance novels and classics. I would say I am more of a slow build reader. As long as the book topic catches my interest, I like it the story to grow slowly and get lost into it. I struggle with books that are ‘action right off the bat’. What is your favorite genre to read?


      1. I am definitely planning to read Hey, Kiddo and will let you know my thoughts on it. I would recommend that you read Five Feet Apart. You and I seem to have a lot of the same reading interests. I love a good romance novel, I find myself reading intense thrillers, great detective books will catch my eye.
        I grew up wanting to be a forensic scientist and homicide detective, so I can get lost in a good James Patterson book. Along Came A Spider was great. John Grisham has a few that I’ve loved. Have you read any of their work?

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      2. I love a good romance too so I will be adding it to my to be read list for sure! I thought the same thing about our reading similarities! I actually wanted to be a crime scene investigator for a while too…crazy it seems like we have a lot in common. I have read some James Patterson and everything I have read I loved but I have not heard of John Grisham. I will have to look into his books. Thanks for the ideas!

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