It’s time for another tag! I always feel like I’m so behind on these because it takes me ages to actually do them once I realized I got tagged. This tag focuses on books out of our comfort zones (duh), which is a really intriguing topic to me. I was tagged by Celine (thank you!), and this tag was originally created by emmmabooks on YouTube.
So how does this tag work?
Easy. You have to choose one genre you read the most often, and then you can’t use any books in that genre to answer the questions. For me, my comfort zone is clearly fantasy. I’ll do my best to answer the questions without using any fantasy novels!
A Book That Is An Exception When It Comes To Genres Or Elements You Don’t Typically Like
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
If there is one book that’s definitely out of my comfort zone, it’s Forbidden. This novel follows a brother and sister, who have fallen in love with each other. Talk about elements I don’t typically like/feel comfortable with! However, this is an incredibly moving and emotional book, and I’d recommend it to everyone.
A Book You Enjoyed From A Genre You Previously Held Some Stigma Against
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Everyone who is somewhat familiar with my reading tastes will know I don’t have a great track record with classics. I just don’t tend to enjoy them much, and they always feel like such a drag to read. Reading Jane Eyre felt like such a revelation to me. I actually loved it, and flew through the book.
A Book You Didn’t Know Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone Until You Started Reading It
The Girls by Emma Cline
When I first started reading this, I thought it was a historical fiction novel that follows a girl who gets involved with a Charles Manson-like cult. That sounds right up my alley, since I love reading about cults and serial killers. However, this was more of a historical fiction novel about a 14-year-old girl growing up. The cult didn’t come in until halfway through the book! I’d describe it more as a portrait of a girl growing up in the late 60s/early 70s.
Pick A Friend Who Motivates You To Pick Up Books You Might Not Normally Be Interested In – Is There A Book They Convinced You To Give A Try?
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I don’t need to point at a specific person for this one, because pretty much every blogger and vlogger has been raving about this book. I didn’t think I’d like this YA science fiction novel, to be honest. I have no idea why either, it just never seemed like a read for me. I finally listened to the audiobook at the end of 2018, and fell in love with it!
A Book That Is Out of Your Comfort Zone, But You Would Like to Read
Nunslinger by Stark Holborn
I’ll be honest, I bought this because of the title. At the time, I was buying Gunslinger by Stephen King and needed an additional book to qualify for the discount. Then I spotted this one on the shelf. How could I pass up buying Gunslinger and Nunslinger? I couldn’t. I can’t get a grasp on this book. Is it a western? Is it historical fiction? Is it based on an actual person? I don’t know!
A Book/Genre So Outside Of Your Comfort Zone That You’ll Probably Never Give It A Chance
I don’t think there’s a genre I will never, ever read. At least, not one I can think of at the moment. I probably won’t pick up a YA paranormal romance unless my closest friends and bloggers I trust bribe me into it. I also will never read a biography or a book by a right-wing politician. No thanks. If a novel has been marked as racist, homophobic, ableist and just problematic in general by (early) reviewers, I’ll do my very best to avoid it as well. Lastly, I’ll very rarely pick up a book by a YouTuber.
I genuinely liked doing the ‘Out of my comfort zone book tag’ because it forced me to take a close look at the books I’ve read, want to read, or will never pick up. If you’re still reading this post right now, then I tag you.