Favorite Books Outside My Comfort Zone

This week’s topic… Books that you enjoyed that aren’t something you typically read. For example, nonfiction if you usually read fiction, contemporary if you usually read fantasy, etc. etc. They do not all have to be from the same genre, just an assortment of books outside your usual genre of choice. If you’d like to take part in Top 5 Wednesday, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

1) Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Synopsis: Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In high school, I spent a day with my Human Development class at the Cerebral Palsy Center playing with and helping toddlers and small children do their physical therapy. It was so hard not to fall in love with those kids, they’re were so precious. That day really changed me. Back then, I read nothing but paranormal romances, but when I stumbled across Out of My Mind on some book site and saw it was about a girl with cerebral palsy, I had to have it. Even to this day I usually don’t go for realistic fiction about disabilities because I cry easily, and I don’t like crying… but boy, is this good. 5/5 stars, please pick it up.


2) Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly.

I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary romance novels because the relationships always seem really toxic and scary to me (ESPECIALLY with Colleen Hoover). Plus, I don’t like reading about no-strings-attached sex, and this was often compared to 50 Shades of Grey (which it’s nothing like FSOG!). I kept seeing people on Tumblr say how great this way, so I decided to give it a try… Yeah, this book ripped my heart out and made me cry gross sobbing tears.

blogdivider_full_width3) Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Synopsis: August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Again, this falls into the category of realistic fiction about disabilities, and potential crying.


4) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis: Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

I probably would have never picked up this book in fear of it triggering me, but someone I talked to on Tumblr recommended it to me and said it helped them with their recovery, and that it could possibly help with mine.


5) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Synopsis: They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

I had never read an adult contemporary romance novel before because I felt like I wouldn’t relate to the characters… Which is weird because I am twenty-four years old. I am an adult… The day the movie trailer came out I was like, “I NEED THAT BOOK!” So I got out of my comfort zone, got the book and read it in less than 24 hours.

Apparently books with blue covers are out of my comfort zone.


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