T5W: Books Out of My Comfort Zone


t’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. It’s all about Books Out of Our Comfort Zone today and I cannot believe how difficult it was to find them on my shelf … I do not venture into the unknown often.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

So, I already mentioned it yesterday, but Thrillers so aren’t my thing. I get along better with them than I do with crime novels, because they bore me easily, but Gone Girl was simply amazing. It took me forever to get into it, but after the first part was done, I couldn’t put it down.

Quiet by Susan Cain

I am definitely not against non-fiction, but I am so not known for diving into that genre. In fact, I thought Quiet was fiction when I bought it and then was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It has sort of become my bible for introverts.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Fun fact, when I was younger, I read more adult fiction than I do now. I think I picked up The Sense of an Ending because some actor mentioned it during an interview (I actually googled actor/actress names and favourite books to find book recommendations. I think you learn a lot about a person through their favourite book). Either way, it’s not my favourite by far, but it is one that will keep you thinking for a long while.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Again, a non-fiction book! This one is sort of like an autobiography, also something I am not known for reading, however, Mindy Kaling is the best. I am glad I read this one and I totally want her other book as well.

Ready, Set, Novel! by Chris Baty/Tavia Stewart-Streit/Lindsey Grant

Whenever it comes to writing, I am SO clueless. I thought that this might help, but I am always dubious of those workbooks. Most of the time I can’t use the principles taught in them on my own work AT ALL. But Ready, Set, Novel! was different! It was actually fun and I, at some point, even considered getting about 15 of them, so that I could have one for each of my WIPs.

What are some books out of your comfort zone? Tell me all about it!

22 thoughts on “T5W: Books Out of My Comfort Zone

  1. The Sense of An Ending has been on my TBR for months, and your post reminded me I could get it from the library. I am just drawn to the book because of its title. I don’t even remember what the story is about!
    Mindy’s book I’ve bought because I thought it’d be fun, but again I haven’t had the time to read it –‘
    Quiet has me intrigued *runs to add it to the endless list of books to buy*

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    • The Sense of an Ending … it was a tough read to be honest. I know people who absolutely love it, but I am still on the fence about it. It’s just really depressign sometimes.
      Mindy’s book is great. It gives you her backstory and an insight into the TV business ;D
      Quiet is AMAZING!

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  2. Great list! I’ve been planning to read Gillian Flynn’s books for forever but I never actually did. It’s just so creepy. I watched the movie and loved it but I always thought that reading the book is another different level of creep. I should give it a try though, thank you for sharing 😀

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  3. I loved Mindy’s book! So much fun! And I’ve heard really great things about Quiet from non-reader friends who have read it. One said it really helped her understand her husband and daughter. Nice list!

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    • Quiet is simply amazing. It addresses both introverts and extroverts (although the former a bit more) and makes you understand why they behave certain ways and how to not make people feel guilty for who they are. It was so comforting to read.

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  4. I am not one to venture out of my comfort zone but when I do, I usually find myself kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It took me a while to give magical realism a chance but now I am hooked to those kind of books. 😀

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    • I definitely didn’t hate Sense of an Ending, but unfortunately I couldn’t connect with the story as much as I could with others. Weirdly, it was the 4th book in a row featuring suicide … so, maybe I was just burnt out on the topic.

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