08 November 2011

Top Ten Books That Were Out of Your Comfort Zone

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The last vampire books I had read were the Twilight series, and I was left sorely disappointed by them. I was hesitant to read Vampire Academy in case it didn’t live up to the hype around it, and I really was put off vampires by the Twilight series. I ended up loving it, though!  
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This was one of the first dystopian novels that I read, and I wasn’t sure what I should expect. It was quite scary, getting thrown into a world like the one that he had created. But it was so totally worth it!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This was the first novel I had read that was about angels. I knew that they were quite a large trend in young adult literature, but I had never read anything on them before. I was worried about the books being preachy, or heavily involved with Christianity. I shouldn’t have worried though, because although it’s about angels, they’re not preachy at all. I don’t even know why I was so worried. I feel stupid now.  
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

I read these books when I was quite young, around eleven years old. The writing and the story was a lot more mature than the books that I usually read before then, so these were definitely out of my comfort zone. I remember enjoying them, but I think I ended up skim reading The Amber Spyglass. I’ll have to pick them up again soon.  
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel

This was my first graphic novel I had ever read. I loved comics as a child – Beano, anyone? – but I wasn’t sure what to think of this as I’d never experienced anything like it before. I ended up loving it, though, and I enjoyed looking at the amazing art work as I read the story.  
A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

I still haven’t finished this book. I’ve been on the second chapter for over a month now. It’s an enormous book, and the descriptions are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I have enjoyed reading what I have so far though, and I will definitely finish this. In five years.  
A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
I was very young when I started reading this series. It’s an adult series about vampires (or immortals, as they prefer to be called) and I think I started reading them when I was about twelve or thirteen. It wasn’t like anything I’d read before, because even though I’d read other adult books those hadn’t included love scenes. I love this series, though, and am always impatient for the next book to come out!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This was the first contemporary book I had read in a long line of paranormal novels. I didn't enjoy this as much as I’d hoped, although I think that’s mainly because of the characters rather than the genre it falls into.  
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Again, this was my first contemporary romance in a long, long line of paranormals. Needless to say, I ended up loving it, and I found that I actually love the heavy romance in this book!  
Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling

This was the first ever review copy I received, and I was beyond nervous about reading and reviewing it. Luckily, everything went smoothly and I ended up loving the book and finding out that I really enjoyed the work that goes into reviewing ARCs! 


  1. The only vampire books I had read were Twilight for awhile, and I really liked them. I'm now working my way through the Sookie Stackhouse books and recently The Vampire Diaries, and I'm starting to realize why Twilight left a bad taste in so many people's mouth

  2. What a fun selection of books. I am enjoying the variety.
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  3. Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute book! :)

  4. I was hesitant about Anna and the French Kiss at first, because I thought the title was kind of silly, but people couldn't stop talking about it and I love contemp...It's one of my faves now!I'm so glad you gave VA a chance and liked it, that series is fab :0)

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