Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesday #4

This is a blog hop hosted by The Broke and the Bookish who is particularly partial to lists, so each we they host a 'Top Ten' something which you have to respond to. This week it's...

Top Ten Books I read that were Outside my Comfort Zone

I have to say I'm finding this week really difficult because there aren't many books that I won't read! I just love to read so much I read pretty much anything!!

1. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
It appears on my list yet again, but this book I really wasn't keen on reading. I mean a book about a circus!! But honestly one of the best books I've ever read!! 

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
This one I only read because it came in my Richard and Judy book club pack. I read it first because I thought it was the one I'd dislike the most. I ended up really enjoying it even if I didn't like some of the experiences. It's not a book I'd choose off the shelves at all. 

3. Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
Yep, that's right! Believe it or not I did not want to read Twilight, I thought everyone was making too much fuss of this teen vampire book and I didn't want to get involved with any of it. When my friend convinced me to go see the film with her I read the book. I have a strict 'I will read the book before watching the film' policy. Since then I've never looked back.

4. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
I have to say I only read this book as I thought I should, kind of 'books I want to read before I die' thing. I'd heard a lot about this book but in all honesty had no desire to read it. I'd heard of the scene where she checks she'd pure. To be honest I just didn't want to read about that. But I read it whilst on holiday this year and loved the story so much I recommended it to a friend for the right reasons!

5. On the Edge - Richard Hammond
Hammond is back in my list again this week! As I said last week, Christmas present for dad, got bored whilst wrapping and couldn't put it down. I'm not a big fan of Top Gear so I had no desire to read any of their autobiographies!! SUCH A GOOD BOOK!

6. The Missing - Chris Mooney
This one was a recommendation from my Grandad, 'OMG' he said 'you will love this book' I read it out of love for him and wasn't really interested in it at all. I was quite young as well, 14? I had no interest in adult murder mysteries then... because they tended to be gory. This one didn't disappoint on the horrific outcomes. I ended up being scared whilst I went on holiday in my tent because the book preys on fears of the dark.. and hunting in the dark. The story was captivating all the same. But definitely outside my comfort zone. 

7. The Luminous Life of Lily Aphrodite - Beatrice Collin
History teacher - 'Widen your reading for the subject' Me- 'Like what?' .... she told me to read this novel. I learnt nothing more about German history just a story about Lily, although it was alright... I never would have read it unless my history teacher had said it would improve my grade... which it didn't.

8. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
I had no desire to read any of Woolf's novels but I had to for university, I have to say unlike some of the others I was forced to read I hated every minute of this book and couldn't wait for it to end!!

9. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
This is completely the opposite to number 8, I had to read this for university as well and I absolutely loved it!! It is now considered to be one of my favourite books of all time! I wouldn't have chosen this classic to add to my shelf without Uni.

10. Journey's End - R C Sheriff
Last but not least, this is a high school read. I don't read plays, at all, as a rule. I don't like reading stage directions or anything like that. This play is one of the best I've ever read and I DEFINITELY would not have chosen this on my own! School may make you read some books you hate but sometimes boy do they find you a goodun' 

Please let me know what you think of this week's Top Ten Tuesday!!!


  1. haha To The Lighthouse! I felt the same way. I've tried reading other books of hers but *gaaah* I just can't.

  2. I love Chris Mooney's books!
    Was quite surprised to see you tag it as gory as I found it quite acceptable :P
    Although perhaps it is the age factor since I was 17 when I read it last year ;)
    Maybe you should try another book? xD

  3. Haha well I read it when I was quite young so you can probably imagine the only bits I remember. I might give him another go :)

  4. Anytime a book gets obsessed over as much as Twilight it definitely makes me want to avoid it too. I think I just like being stubborn!

  5. I liked the first Twilight book, but not so much the rest. But, on the other hand, I loved Memoirs of a Geisha! :)

  6. I loved a Thousand Splendid Suns, such a good book. Also really enjoyed Twilight. I have some of these on my TBR pile including the Virginia Woolf one :P

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  7. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha. If you liked that one, you should read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See. It's a little disturbing in places, but a great read on the culture.