Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone
I guess I had better define my comfort zone first, or this list won’t really make that much sense. First: I don’t usually like horror. Many thrillers are too close to horror for me to enjoy them. Second: I don’t like my books to be too realistic. I read to escape, and I like reading to escape. (Non-fiction is the exception here, but for this list I’m sticking with fiction to make it easier.) Third: I don’t want to be preached at. This could mean religion, politics, whatever. I’m not comfortable being preached at in person and I don’t like dealing with it in fiction either. Fourth: I don’t have a problem with swearing or adult content if it’s appropriate for the character, but I am uncomfortable with books where that content is included only for shock value.
Okay… with that said, here’s a list of books from outside my comfort zone that I enjoyed. They’re in no particular order, and there are undoubtedly more that I didn’t include. If I rated the book on Goodreads, I’ll include that rating here for reference.
- Midnight Rain by Holly Lisle ~ 5 stars (TW: abuse)
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ~ 2 stars
- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler ~ 3 stars
- Maus by Art Spiegelman ~ 5 stars
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ~ 4 stars
- This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti ~ 4 stars
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel ~ 3 stars
- The Otherworld by Mercedes Lackey, Mark Shepherd, and Holly Lisle ~ 4 stars (TW: child abuse)
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ~ 5 stars
- Animal Farm by George Orwell ~ 4 stars
As a note, while I don’t normally consider a 2 star rating to mean I enjoyed it, I did follow-up my reading of The Da Vinici Code with reading Angels & Demons. So I enjoyed it enough to read more, and as such I think it counts for this list.
And as another note, I’m only including books that were outside of my comfort zone when I read them. As an example, I’m less comfortable reading erotica now while I used to really enjoy them. I think this change happened because I was unhappy in my relationship and now I’m happy, but whatever the reason: erotica is outside of my comfort zone now, but it wasn’t when I read and enjoyed those books. So I’m not including them on this list.