Tuesday 8 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish  hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a meme in which a new and different top ten list appears. 

This weeks Top Ten list is:

Books I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone.

Mmmmm this list was not easy to compile.  I'm usually quite open to reading most things and not a lot really shocks me.  But I will have a go :D

1.  Wicked - by Gregory Maguire.  I thought that I would revisit the land of OZ, but there is one scene in this book that turns my stomach.  Just the mere thought of it makes me feel cold.  It involved a lion and I'm not saying anymore.  I have got more books in this series to read, but I have a mental block going on there.

2.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - I'd never read any books about life set in volatile Afghanistan, this book opened my eyes.  What an emotional and gripping read.  I've got his other book to read, The Kite Runner, which I plan to read soon as it's been sat on my bookcase for a while now.

3.  Mary, Mary by James Patterson - This was my first ever crime book and it opened up a whole new world for me.  I love his books and have nearly read them all.  I love his main character Alex Cross.

4.  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - Wow, this one was conflicting!  Such a taboo subject, but the story was told in such a way you really didn't know which way to turn.

6.  Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo - I've not read many WW2 books, this one was so sad and made me cry.  I felt so sad for the main character.  This makes a good rememberance read.

7.  Room by Emma Donaghue - This one was right out of my comfort zone.  I felt so on edge when reading this book.  It was very well written and I thought it was brilliant.  Top marks to the friend that recommended it and lent me a copy to read :D

8.  The Year of The Flood  by Margaret Atwood - Now this one was very strange.  A weird dystopian setting.  I loved this book but it sure was a weird and wonderful one.  I still don't know how to describe it, I seem to be lost for words.  Which is strange, even for me!

9.  Out by Natsuo Kirino - I felt quite uncomfortable at times read this one.  It's dark and graphic.  But I did want to see what happened to the women in this story.  I would read another book by this author.  But it is not something I would recommend for the faint hearted!

10.  The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton - This book is written by a forensic psychologist about the work he's undertaken in the crime field.  Some high profile cases are mentioned.  Very interesting and it certainly opened up a new world to me. 

What books have you read that were outside your comfort zone??


Toni D. said...

Oh my gosh, Room made me cringe and shiver so much! It was so... upsetting. :( And I feel like I have to read Wicked again. So much of it was lost on me. I think it was the philosophical ramblings!

Anonymous said...

None outside my comfort zone I'm a big chicken! :-)

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Emma B. said...

I remember starting Private Peaceful, but had to return it to the library before I was finished. And The Year of the Flood sounds interesting. I'll have to look into that one. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Patricia said...

Forbidden is on my list, too. Although for different reasons. I don't know why, but I've never had that much a problem with them being siblings..

I like your list!


Anonymous said...

I've seen Room on quite a few lists today! I still have to read that one. Good list! :)

Sue Jackson said...

Great list!

I read Wicked a few years ago, but I don't recall a disturbing scene with a lion...hmmm...

I agree completely on A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. My son just finished reading The Kite Runner for his World Lit class.

I love, love, loved Room - I think it was brilliant the way she told such a disturbing story from the perspective of an innocent child - it might have been too disturbing to read about otherwise.

And I am embarrassed to admit I have never read a Margaret Atwood, but she is definitely on my TBR list.


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kit said...

I loved the Year of the Flood, although I agree it was a pretty strange book! Afterwards I read Oryx and Crake, which precedes it, and the whole thing made a bit more sense - I wish I'd have read them in the right order now, but I love Margaret Atwood, particularly her dystopian novels.

I also read Wicked after a friend gave it to me as a gift, and to this day I'm not sure if I truly enjoyed it or not!

Trish said...

I'm glad to hear that about Room. It's on my TBR shelf and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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