Top Ten Tuesday: Outside My Comfort Zone

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:

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September 3: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone (i.e., a genre you don’t typically read or subject matter you’re not usually drawn to)

I have a lot of respect for all these genres but generally they’re not where my personal taste tends to take me.  But there are exceptions to every rule!

Sciencey Nonfiction

I had some no-so-good science teachers in school that gave me a negative feeling for it for a long time. I’m trying to push myself out of that mindset because I do find some scientific topics interesting, but it’s a process. My knee-jerk reaction is still rather negative. For the most part these books aren’t hard core scientific but they have scientific portions or content.

51bven7uisl-_ac_us218_The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shalin

 

 

 

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

 

 

 

71zpcrwzwel._ac_uy218_The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

 

 

 

 

Romance

I’ve always enjoyed romantic subplots in books, but I think for a while I bought into the whole idea that romance as a genre was somehow less than other genres. I’ve come to see that’s not the case (I posted about it here and here) and I’ve been venturing into it a bit more, but I wouldn’t call it my comfort zone. I’m still figuring out my tastes in this genre.

51ldcwuzjyl._ac_uy218_Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale

 

 

 

51em7j9uqel-_ac_us218_A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

 

 

 

91vhsxkxe7l._ac_uy218_An Extraordinary Union  by Alyssa Cole

 

 

 

 

Poetry

I like poetry a lot in small doses but I’ve never been one to sit for an afternoon and binge it. These are the exceptions to that rule.

51-xlyewull-_ac_us218_Crush by Richard Siken

 

 

 

817xb3ojwvl._ac_uy218_Transformations by Anne Sexton

 

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. I relate to a lot of this! I had totally uninspiring science teachers (although I’m not sure even the best science teacher would’ve made me love it- but I’m sure they could’ve done a better job than leaving us to read out of textbooks… ahh the joys of a state school education 😉 ) Good that you’ve actually managed to find books in that field that appeal to you- I haven’t ever found any non fic science books that tempt me, so I’m curious about these. I’m also trying to figure out my tastes when it comes to romance (I seem to like fluffy contemporary types, which I didn’t used to). I also struggle to binge poetry as well- though there’s a couple of exceptions.

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    • For the most part these had some connection to science but the crux was elsewhere so I didn’t find the scientific/technical content too overwhelming. I do have some interest in some scientific topics so I’d like to get a bit better at reading about it!

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