Today's topic is Top Ten Books That Took Me Out of My Comfort Zone. I had no trouble making this list because in the past seven years, I have a read a lot of books for my various book groups that I never would have chosen on my own. I’ve focused here on the ones that I was pleasantly surprised by!
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – I just recently read this for one book group and never would have chosen a book about the Vietnam War on my own, but it was well-written and powerful.
March by Geraldine Brooks – I’m a huge Brooks fan now, but I used to think I didn’t like historical fiction, until my neighborhood book group chose this one, and I loved it!
River of Doubt by Candace Millard – again, a selection by my neighborhood book group, nonfiction about Teddy Roosevelt’s trip down the Amazon, at a time when I rarely read nonfiction. Absolutely fascinating.
The Lost Years by KristinaWandzilak and Constance Curry – read for a book discussion at a local bookstore. It’s a memoir by a mother and daughter about the daughter’s spiral down into drug addiction – not a topic I would typically choose.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham – I love Grisham’s novels but probably wouldn’t have read this nonfiction book about an innocent man on death row on my own, until my book group read it. Enlightening and eye-opening.
The Nine by Jeffrey Toomis – a nonfiction book about the Supreme Court? Yawn! But I read it for my neighborhood book group and found it very interesting.
Still Me by Christopher Reeve – I don’t normally read celebrity memoirs, but Reeve was an amazing and inspirational person.
Holy Skirts by René Steinke – Funny story with this one. It was the very first book I read for my neighborhood book group, which had been together for about 10 years before I joined. Every single person in the group hated it and thought the main character was a pervert – except me! I liked the book. Happily, they let me stay!
Shattered by Debra Puglisi Sharp – the very disturbing true story of a local woman who was kidnapped and held captive for days, after her husband was murdered. One of our book group members is friends with the woman, so we read it and she came to our meeting. The book was compelling, and I was surprised to find I could relate to the author.
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant – another historical novel that I would never have read on my own, but I found myself getting drawn into it and ultimately enjoying it.
So, that's my list! I had a tougher time making my list of Top Ten Kids/Teen/YA Books That Took Me Out of My Comfort Zone - check it out over at Great Books for Kids and Teens.
How about you? Which books took you out of your comfort zone?