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I do like to step outside my comfort zone with my reading material from time to time so I don’t get burned out on a particular genre or category of books. I’m willing to read most anything, but for the purpose of this list I chose books with subject matters that initially made me uncomfortable.
In no particular order, these are some books I read that were outside my comfort zone:
2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman – I love dystopian books, but this one is a little darker than I usually read. The unwinding process described in the book is quite disturbing.
3. Wither by Lauren Destefano – Another dystopian book that I enjoyed quite a bit, however polygamy and young pregnant girls are not part of my normal everyday reading material.
4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – The over the top satiric in your face writing style is not my usual type of read.
5. Bumped by Megan McCafferty – Similar to Beauty Queens, the lingo, biting humor and religious theme of Bumped made for a unique book for me.
6. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman – The graphic nature of this book and the sexual predator storyline made for an uncomfortable read.
7. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott – Same story as above – the graphic scenes and subject matter made this difficult to get through.
8. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – This book is a bit unusual, and one of my first books with magical realism.
9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – Getting inside the mind of someone suffering from anorexia is a dark place to be.
10. Room by Emma Donoghue – This harrowing abduction story is told from the child’s perspective and feels terrifyingly real.
Ultimately, even though I was a little squeamish with the subject matter of some of these books, I did enjoy reading all of them. And by challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone it keeps reading fresh for me.
Did any of these books make your list? I’m curious to see the books that are on your list.