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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Out of My Comfort Zone Book Tag

Updated: Oct 7, 2021




It's time for another 🙌Tag Time🙌. This tag is brought to you by emmmabooks, so all credit goes to her.


The gist of this tag is to answer the questions with books that are not from your most read demographic. As someone who reads mainly fantasy, I am going to have to avoid choosing books from that genre as my answers which is going to be a bit...hard.


Onwards to the questions!


 

1. A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don't typically like.


I know that I have praised this book many times on this blog, but my answer is always going to be Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.


Part court part family drama, this had all the elements I thought I wouldn't like, but Kim created such an enthralling story about the lives of people unraveling in the face of a tragedy.



2. A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.


I wouldn't say that I have any stigma against any genres, but one I don't gravitate towards, or don't have the best experiences is would be contemporary. Contemporary is just not my cup of tea. For the most part, I just find it incredibly boring to read about people when there is not some kind of fantastical element involved.


My exception to this, while it can be considered a romance, would be Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. It's just two boys falling in love, and I am here for it. It could also be that because it is a graphic novel I ended up liking it more than if it was a normal book.



3. A book you didn't know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.


For this one, I am going to go broad and say historical fiction, but particularly books set during a World War. I love history, but my love for it stops probably right before the Industrial Revolution. I also just don't enjoy books from that era because I know that it is going to be a bleak experience, and I prefer to read books that don't make me overly sad.


The first book I read from this genre was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was a highly acclaimed book, and I realized rather quickly that I was not going to enjoy it, but I persisted and finished it anyway.



4. Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of your norm that they convinced you to give a try?


I am getting more and more into the horror/thriller genre thanks to booktubers such as gabbyreads. I find that I rather like this genre and it's nice to pick up a good horror/thriller book when I want to take a pause from fantasy.


One author that I remember I picked up due to Gabby would be Riley Sager. I picked up Final Girls to start with, and while I didn't enjoy it, it did open my eyes up to a whole new genre.



5. A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.


Hmm, I don't really know what to pick for this one. One book that I have on my TBR that I am hesitant to pick up would be 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I tried reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle but gave up rather quickly. Not only is this book incredibly long, but I don't know if I vibe with the kind nonsensical plot lines that Murakami creates.



6. A book or genre so out of what you normally read that you'll probably never give it a(nother) chance.


Something that I never have and probably never will pick up would be self-help books. I am really not the kind of person who turns to books aiming to be enlightened about life. I am also not someone who really needs or thinks self-help books will actually change something in my life.



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