As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic Broke and Bookish and created by Jamie.
This week’s topic is Ten Books I Read That Were Outside My Comfort Zone. Peeps, my comfort zone is really big. I read pretty eclectically. I’m not a one genre, one age group kind of girl so it was REALLY hard to come up with this list. Alas.
1. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Who knew that free verse actually doesn’t blow and can strike right through your heart? I totally know that now. YAY for free verse.
2. Columbine by Dave Cullen
So after college I did not read much non-fiction. Yah, my brain rotted a little tiny bit. BUT THEN there were good reviews for this book. And the audio was on sale on audible and thus I read Columbine and learned SO MUCH.
3. One Dance With A Duke by Tessa Dare
Holy sexytimes balls was this book full of legit. Prior to this I did not read any romance novels for serious. But afterwards, bring on the seXX0rz. Seriously. Bring it.
4. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Vignettes! About! Old! People! YESSSSSSSSS. This is totally something I love, but never read.
5. Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon S. whose name I cannot spell
Friends, I am not a big short story reader. I’m also not big on reading books aimed at guys. But this book was SO AWESOME. Even for girls. The stories are all thrilling.
6. A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
I read this during my senior year of college for fun, because I am hardcore and also because it made me way smarter than the other people in my social studies teacher classes, you know the whole reading non-fiction for fun. And at that point in my life I was a fiction girl.
7. Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett
This play was fucking weird. But I could dig. Plays are out of my comfort zone especially ones that fly WAY over my head. I read this in high school for class, obvi. This was also when I got put in AP English with the 20 other smart kids. YAY.
8. The Prince by Machiavelli
Bish, please. I totally read this for my AP Euro class as summer reading. Oh yeah and I totally owned that 5 on the AP Euro exam. WHAT UP HISTORY. All I remember from this hard read was THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. Also that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission. Words to live by.
9. The Republic by Plato
College! I love you! You guyyyyyyys. THE CAVE. AKA a really awesome metaphor. I read this for a political science class and I feel so well read and brainy when I say that I read this book.
10. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Hey remember that one time my AP English teacher was all like HEY LET’S READ STREAM OF CONSCIOUS BOOKS. Yeah, I remember that. I did not mind this book. I also didn’t really get it.