Top Ten Tuesday (45) : Top Ten Books I Want To Read That Are Out Of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone). I decided to change it up a bit, and go with Ten Books I Want To Read that are out of my comfort zone. Basically, this is just me wondering about a lot of hyped books and a little bit of less hyped books, and staring at them on my TBR, wondering which one I should buy next. Be prepared: there’s a LOT of fantasy and retellings here. Don’t forget to click on the title of the books to read their fabulous synopsis!

1 • The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer

I KNOW, everyone’s talking about that series, and I haven’t read it yet. I missed the hype train, clearly, but well. I have to say, I don’t read a lot of retellings, and, hm, androids either, BUT I’m definitely going to read that soon, I’m so curious about it.

2 • The Darkest Part of The Forest, Holly Black 

Fantasy is one of the genres I want to read more of,this year, and this book seems SO weird, I don’t know if it’s really right up my alley, or not…But I do know that cover is gorgeous and I want to read what’s behind it.


3 •  Splintered,  A.G. Howard 

Talking about gorgeous covers…That one definitely is breathtaking. AND it’s once again, a retelling, something I’m not too familiar with, but, ALICE. I love Alice, and this book seems so good.

4 • The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

YES I will read that book, and I put it there because it’s fantasy and ghosts and weirdness and I’m all up for weirdness now even if it’s not what I’m used to read about.

5 • Lock & Mori, Heather W. Petty 

Yet again another retelling, aren’t I FULL of surprises? I found out about this book not that long ago, and it seems filled with mystery and ups and downs, just what I like.

6 • The Reader, Traci Chee

This is another fantasy, but damn, that synopsis really got me, I’m intrigued, and I’m willing to step out of my contemporary comfort zone to try that one out.

7 • A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab

Everyone is talking about that book. EVERYONE. And I haven’t read it *goes hide in shame*. I guess it’s not the kind of book I’m always used to, it being historical fiction AND fantasy. BUT I want to read it now.

8 • Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

Hello, hype, once again you’re making me SO curious. This book is clearly out of my comfort zone, and I’m yet still wondering whether I should read it or not. TELL ME.


9 • The Wrath and The Dawn, Renee Ahdieh

A retelling, because, well, why not?! This one’s loved by TONS of people, and the cover is gorgeous, the story seems epic, and I’ve been told that the romance is great. I LOVE romance too, so… .

10 • The Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare

HELLO THERE. I don’t even know by now if this book is out of my comfort zone or not. I read the first book, then I stopped. But now I feel like restarting again. The real question is, that series, or the other series ?! HELP ME.

Which books do you want to read, outside of your comfort zone? Which one of these should I start with? Let me know in comments! 💬

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54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (45) : Top Ten Books I Want To Read That Are Out Of My Comfort Zone

  1. I can tell you that The Darkest Part of the Forest and Cinder are both incredible books. They’re beautifully written. I personally didn’t like A Darker Shade of Magic but there’s a lot of hype around it. Great list!!
    My TTT

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  2. I like that you went the want to read route! Very cool! I’m not really a fantasy reader, but I have read quite a few on your list. I loved The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, City of Bones and The Darkest Part of the Forest.

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  3. The Lunar Chronicles are great–highly recommended.

    I really enjoyed The Mortal Instruments so I say it is worth rereading. But if reading 6 books daunts you and/or you prefer steampunk, The Infernal Devices is even better 😉

    I really enjoyed Six of Crows. I liked it A LOT better than the original Grisha Trilogy. It’s a slower start but it builds up to a great place.

    The Raven Boys is also on my list to read this year…a little scared for that one I admit haha

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    1. I need to read The Lunar Chronicles soon then , if you recommend it 😀
      Ohh, well I’m kind of hesitating between the two at the moment…I don’t know which one to pick ahah :p
      I’m so scared for The Raven Boys, too, everyone’s loving it, i’m scared I won’t, haha!
      Thank you so much Lauren! ❤

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  4. Sometimes the hype actually unhypes me! Just in case that is the same for you, I’m not going to tell you which books on this list were AMAZING!! I will just commiserate with you about wanting to read: ADSOM, Splintered, and Cinder when the hype dies down. I’m already knee deep in the Raven Boys story so I’m looking forward to the new one coming out in April. Great list!

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  5. I have so much to say about that list hahahaha
    I just ordered the entire Splintered trilogy because ALICE! I hope I’ll like it, I’ll definitely let you know once I am done. Which will take a while, because Morning Star and Glass Sword … and other books. SO many books.
    Lock & Mori was something I loved! I just don’t want you to expect too much mystery from it. They are teenagers and it shows, but what a fun book to read! I loved Mori’s POV.
    I am probably one of the few people who didn’t love A Darker Shade of Magic … which didn’t stop me from ordering A Gathering of Shadows. It just felt so unfinished, because silly me didn’t know it was a series ahahaha I do now. I could love it more probably.
    I SO NEED TO READ THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, but because of the cliffhagner I will wait until the second part of the duology is released.
    The Infernal Devices is better than the Mortal Instruments and you would spoil yourself for some stuff if you read ALL the TMI books before TID. Does that make sense? Book 1-3 of TMI was released before TID, but then they took turns being published and there are major spoilers towards the end …

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    1. Ahah WOW indeed you had things to say about this! I LOVE it! ❤ I can't wait to know how you like Splintered, I'm so curious about it! 😀
      Oh, well it's actually refreshing to hear tht you didn't like ADSOM so much, I feel like everyone loves it, haha. I'm curious to discover that series, though! 🙂
      ME TOO! Well maybe we should plan on buddy reading The Wrath andThe Dawn, I don't think I will order it right now, so… 🙂
      Oh yes okay, that perfectly made sense, I always wondered what were the links between those two series… I don't know which one to read now, hhahaha
      THANK YOU, Kat, I love these long comments! ❤

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      1. I am glad you didn’t feel like I suffocated you with that long comment hahaha
        ADSOM was definitely not a bad book, but somehow I never felt as much love for it as the others. I think it’s good to have lower expectations though, that mostly makes the books better in the end. But I just found out that they are making it into a TV show and I love that idea!
        YAS! Let’s buddy-read The Wrath and the Dawn! I’ll let you know when I plan on ordering it and then we can coordinate 😉
        Yeah, TID is the “prequel” to TMI, that’s why you don’t want to read it all before TID. There’s like a crossover of characters and stuff 😀


      2. You’re so right about this. I have a lot of expectations on that book already, because everyone’s loving it so much…but what if I don’t ?! :O
        OH yes I’m in! We definitely should start thinking about that book club,… :p
        Ohhh okay, I get it now, THANK YOU! I was so confused about both those series, haha.

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  6. (sorry for writing in English but “ça ferait tâche” if I didn’t) It took me a while to even consider reading the Lunar Chronicles, but when someone rec’d the books to me personnally, I didn’t have much choice haha (Cinder and Scarlet are not waiting on my shelf – soon !). I heard more positive things about the Infernal Devices, if that can help, although I haven’t read them. And YES to the Raven Boys !! I began these books without really knowing what I was getting into so I didn’t expect to become completely obsessed with them !

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    1. Haha, no worries! I LOVE writing in English, so I’m okay with it! 😉 I can’t wait for you to start that series, then, I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂
      Oh yes, this helps a lot! I don’t know which series I should read, or if I should read both.. ahah.
      OHHH this makes me SO happy that you love the raven boys. I NEED to read those books! ❤
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  7. I feel like you could have literally got this week’s TTT books from a list of my favourites 😀
    I love Splintered, the fact that it’s inspired by Alice in Wonderland was a massive draw for me, and The Lunar Chronicles series is my all-time favourite series, you have to start Cinder, I’d really highly recommend it 🙂
    All the books you’ve picked are brilliant, the only ones I think I haven’t read are Lock and Mori and the Darkest Part of the Forest but Holly Black is a brilliant author and I’ve heard good things about Lock and Mori as well.
    Great picks for this week, I really hope you enjoy all these books when you get around to them!

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  8. I feel like you could have chosen your TTT picks from my list of favourite books, I have literally read and loved nearly everything on your list this week 😀
    Splintered is one of my favourites, the fact that it was an Alice in Wonderland inspired book was a huge draw for me, and the cover as well :). Also The Lunar Chronicles is probably my all-time favourite series. You have to read Cinder, I’m sure you’ll really love it as well! Plus all the books in the series have already been released so if you love it as much as most other people have you wont have to wait for any of the books to be released, the wait between Cress and Winter was horrifyingly long for me 😀

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      1. Ha, yeah, my internet is pretty unreliable and it crashed right as I sent the first comment. So I obviously I thought it hadn’t sent and wrote it again but I guess I’m just really impatient and didn’t realise my internet was sending the first one. Oh well!
        I think it’s the only downside of loving read so much, having to wait for the sequel 😀


      2. It’s happened a couple of times for me now, I kind of need a decent Internet connection to stop it from happening so often 😀
        But no I worried the same thing when I sent the comment to you twice, I’m glad you didn’t think I was crazy 🙂


  9. READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES. I love that series like 100000 times more than The Mortal Instruments – it’s so much less info dumpy, the love triangle is AMAZING (and I don’t say that about those much) and you’ve got a protag that loves BOOKS 😀
    I recently read A Darker Shade of Magic – I can see why so many people like it! Definitely give it a shot if you love awesome world building! It’s kind of an alternate universe kind of book – so things are still understandable, and you don’t have to learn too many new tems! 🙂
    But yeah, I’m the same with Splintered – kindaaa wanna read it, but at the same time THE HYPE and I’m so worried it won’t live up to expectatons!


    1. OH wow, okay, well I’ll definitely think about reading TID then! I’m always wondering which of these series I should read, but I think you just answered my question :p
      Well that’s definitely a good thing about ADSOM, sometimes world-buildings are so complicated, it’s hard to follow, I’m happy to hear that’s not the case!
      ME TOO, the worry is eating me away. We should try and read it together ahah, to reassure each other :p


  10. You’re seriously missing out on these! I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic, lunar chronicles, six of crows and raven cycle series. They’re unique, easy to read and so fun! You might not really like historical fantasy fiction but ADSOM was so incredible.You might really love it 😀 I hope you get to read it soon.

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