TTT: Books We Liked That Were Outside Our Comfort Zones


  1. Deerskin by Robin McKinley. “Liked” is not the right word for this book – one doesn’t like it, one is crushed by horror and then drawn into awe & resilience during the journey afterwards. This is definitely outside my comfort zone; outside of most people’s, I think.
  2. Bite Me! and Nimona were slightly alarming forays for me, initially. Online comics? What’re those?


Outside the comfort zone, eh?

  1. Anything Susin Nielsen. I think, that if I had the choice in a bookstore, I might actually not pick up a book like Henry K. Larsen because, well, it’s so darn tragic and real and I generally go for the action-y adventure-y unreal. But these books are good and have led me to choose others similar to them . . . like The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.
  2. Dead End at Norvelt by Jack Gantos. A slice of life story that I read because of a class and that I loved. I found that it was exactly in my comfort zone, actually, but that I didn’t expect it to be … which was delightful :)
  3. Reviewing for various sources–CM and Q&Q (and The Book Wars!) have had me reading books outside my comfort zone all the time, though I generally don’t love it, I did stumble across a few that stayed with me. . . if only I could remember them, lol. I’ve moved so often I rarely get to keep all my books :”(
  4. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson is way outside my comfort zone but it is WAY GOOD. Like really interesting, good and has a hint of the uncanny. Great Canadian Literature.
  5. Rabbit Ears by Maggie De Vries. This is not what I would choose to read, but it’s by Maggie (our Prof and just an amazing person, teacher and writer!) and it is something that I should choose for so many reasons. What great and interesting storytelling–such a clever and heart-wrenching way to tell this tale that needs telling.


  1. All the Rage by Courtney Summers
    I ended up loving this despite being a wimp and staying away from emotionally harrowing books. The reason I don’t read much of stuff that packs an emotional punch in a realistic sense is because I have very thin barriers and stuff just bleeds over into real life and I’ll be sad for months afterwards. I still flinch when I see the novel–not because I hate it but because it hit all the right notes. Loudly.
  2. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
    I don’t read much literary fiction but this won the Man Book and I had a review copy and so I started. It’s beautifully written and the research that is incorporated into the tale is immense. The achievement by the author is immense but you know, for a book that is about 900 pages, the pay off is…disappointing. Or it disappointed me anyway. Still, the prose flows like silk so I guess it was a worthy experience.
  3. The Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck
    This book is only 93 pages but it is deeply unsettling. And to be honest, it is not that this book is outside my comfort zone but that I haven’t ever read anything like it before.
  4. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
    Once again, this book was not outside my comfort zone. I had simply just not read a memoir before. Kaling has convinced me to read Ansari who is next on my list.
  5. Revolver – Marcus Sedgwick
    Is Sedgwick Canadian because this book has so much snow it seems like CanLit, haha. This was Stephie’s choice for me and to be honest, it’s not something I would pick up on my own. However, it was a good read and though it did make me shiver, I shivered in a good way.


4 responses to “TTT: Books We Liked That Were Outside Our Comfort Zones

  1. Nimona is definitely out of my comfort range, but I’m glad I read it because I ended up loving it! Ansari’s book is definitely out of my comfort zone (or interest zone), but he does a great job with it! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT:

  2. Oooh, you reminded me that I need to find a copy of Why Not Me? after I finish the books I’m currently reading (five, I am currently reading five books).

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