T5W: Books Outside Your Comfort Zone

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey. Here is a link to the Goodreads page if you want to join in on the fun. This group is now run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes .

This week ‘s topic is Favuorite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone. These are books that you enjoyed that you don’t usually go for. My main genre’s of choice are fantasy, contemporary and romance, so I have chosen books that I wouldn’t usually go for. I am trying to pick up books that are out of my comfort zone as of late so I have actually go options for this week.

5. Carrie by Stephen King 

Horror is a genre I enjoy in films and books but I don’t really pick up. However I have wanted to read some of Stephen King’s works for ages but his books tend to be long and intimidating. However when Carrie was re-released I saw that it wasn’t that long and as Carrie (the original) is one of my favourite horror films I decided to pick it up. I gave the book 4 stars, I found it to be a interesting way of story telling and I thoroughly enjoyed  it.

4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 


There was so much hype surrounding this book and it sounded so interesting in the way that the story was told; it is a epistolary novel (told through documents etc.) I don’t really go for Sci-fi/Dystopia novels as I tend to get bored half way through; I prefer fantasy. However I really enjoyed this story it was interesting and fun and it was a brilliant way to start my reading year. I gave the book 5 stars on Goodreads and you can check out my full review here.

3. Casino Royale by Ian Flemming 

I actually had to read Casino Royale for a university module. I think I was one of the few students on that course to actually read the novel instead of just watching the film (there are differences I promise you). I actually surprisingly liked the novel it was easy to read and I enjoyed reading about James Bond as I have seen all the movies (my dad is a big fan). If you like Spy novels and haven’t considered picking up James Bond you really should. I gave Casino Royale  3.5 Stars

2. Outlander by Diana Gababdon 

Historical Fiction is just not my jam. However as there is just a little bit of fantasy in this novel I decided to pick it up (finally this is a hefty tome as well). I fell in love with this novel! Jamie and Claire are a new favourite OTP and I adored their relationship. It was a lot grittier, emotional and intense than I expected it to be and I was pleasantly surprised. Outlander got a 4.75 stars (.25 was removed for length).

1. Just Kids by Patti Smith 

I got this in HMV on a whim. I don’t think I realised it was a memoir until I actually opened it up. This memoir is by far one of my favourite books of all time. It is so beautiful and heart breaking. I had so many emotions while reading Patti Smith recount her relationship with Robert Maplethrope and his subsequent death. It hurt to read some of the words that were so beautifully written. I cried like a baby (unfortunately on the train where someone asked me if I was okay). 5 Stars on Goodreads. READ IT, it has inspired me to read more memoirs (Hemminway and Warhol) and I am hoping to pick up more about people I find interesting.







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