Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

I am loving the fact that I can breathe and not feel as if the sun wants to kill me. Do you feel me? I’m so excited for Fall to arrive so I can wear all my autumn clothes.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first prompt is books I’ve loved that are outside of my comfort zone. Before I started my post, I wondered what I’d choose, but I think I have a great list, which I hope you enjoy!

Have fun, everyone!

House of Salt and Sorrows

Typically suicide and deaths are difficult to read for me. Don’t get me wrong though. I enjoy a good character death. Grief bothers me, and I don’t know how to process it properly (who does?). So I worried about those aspects in the book. However, the author allows the reader to move past all the deaths.


Aurora Rising

I love intergalactic storylines in movies. Sometimes in books, I feel a little disconnected because I’m not used to some of the terminology. I’m more of a fantasy reader. But both Kaufman and Kristoff didn’t kill the story with complex lingo I needed to figure out, which I appreciate. I could focus on the plot and fall into the novel.


Lover Enshrined

I don’t always like reading about characters who use drugs or are drug addicts. I feel uncomfortable. But I do connect with them and see how they struggle, which I did with Phury. He’s an evolving male who I’m starting to love. And I enjoyed how his and Cormia’s mating story played out.



Kristoff throws his readers in a heavy plot-driven narrative. So I had to pace myself when I read the book.  I wrestled with LIFEL1K3, and I almost DNF’d it. But I’m glad I hung in there.



I don’t usually read superhero-themed titles. I don’t. I prefer to watch movies or TV shows based on them. I don’t know why I’m like that, but I simply am. So I took a risk with this series. And while I struggled with the first book, I loved the sequel.


Three Dark Crowns

I hate when characters cheat. I hate it. I can’t stand this trope. And I wish authors would stop using it as a way to add tension to their writing. But Kendare allowed me to see past that somewhat. I love her magic system, I love how she’s shaped her world, and I love her storytelling.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

  1. Oh man Siobhan I absolutely loved your list and your reasoning for each book. I think you went into this prompt way deeper than I thought to, and I’m so glad you did! You saying that you liked Archenemies better than Renegades gives me excitement because I loved Renegades, and I feel like I would love Archenemies even more! I also love superhero movies and shows, but its hard to see it in a book. I think Marissa Meyer did a pretty good job with it though. If you’re willing, Fate of Flames is a good one too!


  2. Great list! I loved Aurora 😍 I just finished my first solo Kristoff book (Nevernight), and it was one helluva ride, but now I can’t wait to check out LIFEL1K3 too 😂 I’m not all that keen on superhero novels as well, and I tried getting into Renegades but struggled. Will have to give it another go I think!

    My TTT post


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