Recently, Emma from emmmabooks created a brand new tag (you can see her video here that seemed like a lot of fun! This tag is all about coming up with answers outside of your comfort zone, and it has one major rule:
You have to pick ONE GENRE that you frequently read about… and then, you can’t use ANY books from that genre while answering the questions!
Since I read a lot of YA contemporary, that’s the genre I’ve chosen to disqualify from my answers for this tag. (I’m still allowing adult contemporary, and you’ll see why in a moment.)
Let’s get going!
1. A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like:
This was an easy one for me, but it’s an entire series: The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I normally can’t handle love triangles at all and think they’re awful, and I almost never have an issue choosing a side, but I think this series has the best love triangle in the history of literature (no, really) and I was never able to choose sides because I loved both sides SO MUCH.
2. A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against:
If you’d asked younger me to try adult contemporary romance—specifically the steamy, lust-y stuff with shirtless dudes on the covers? NO. WAY. I can admit now that I was misjudging the entire genre and projecting my own fear of being slut-shamed for enjoying books with sex. 🙃 The irony isn’t lost on me that I spent my entire teen life reading and writing explicit fanfic, but gods forbid I pick up a steamy novel…
Anyways, the magical book that changed my mind was A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert (which I never would’ve picked up, if Amber hadn’t raved so much about the amazing rep in it).
3. A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it:
I had to think about this one, but decided on The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. I knew this book involved child abuse, but didn’t know much about the synopsis beforehand. You can imagine my shock when I learned that the entire book is a preteen boy’s perspective on watching his neighbors abuse their newly adopted family member nearly to death just because she’s a girl. This book was BRUTAL and, while I applaud why Ketchum wrote it (to bring awareness to the real events it was based on), I’ll never touch it again.
4. Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?
I think one friend who has been introducing me to a lot of books out of my comfort zone lately is Sionna. She reads a lot of paranormal fantasy, which isn’t out of my comfort zone so much as it is a genre I’ve only recently gotten back into (it was my fave as a teen but I left it for the last several years until 2018). I haven’t been let down by any of her recommendations yet!
5. A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read:
One that’s really had my attention lately, and I want to order soon, is The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women. I don’t read much nonfiction, and when I do, it’s usually memoirs from celebs I love (like Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime). I almost NEVER pick up nonfic about tragedies like this one about these poor women who had radium products tested on them during the WWI era, but I hear so many rave reviews I just have to read it.
6. A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give it a chance:
This was actually pretty hard for me to pick a title for, but I’ll just say that I’ll most likely never return to Christian fiction—and I don’t think I’ll ever pick up Amish romance novels, either, if you consider those two similar enough to count them both.
If you’ve already done this tag, or don’t want to do it, don’t feel pressured at all! And if I didn’t tag you but you want to do this, consider yourself officially tagged ♥