Top Ten Books That Pulled Me Out of My Comfort Zone

I know it’s not Tuesday, but I love doing top ten book lists. I decided to come up with one that I didn’t see anywhere recently and that is the top ten books that have pulled me out of my comfort zone.

I’m so excited to get into it, so let’s go!


10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I was looking for something to fill the space that Gone Girl had left in my after I finished that book and I turned to Big Little Lies to see if I could find that there. What this book actually gave me was a look into adult fiction that I definitely had not been used to. I still haven’t seen the show and can’t wait to.

9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This book was a required reading in high school and I’m so glad that it was. I loved every minute of it and it definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone of Sarah Dessen books!

8. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

This is a huge book with a lot of stuff happening in it. This is a fantasy book like nothing I have ever read, with a lot of intimidating factors to it (size, number of characters, number of deaths…) and it gave me an opportunity to see adult fantasy compared to YA fantasy.

7. 1984 by George Orwell

This is another required reading for high school that I quickly fell in love with. Orwell brought me into the dystopian genre and I still haven’t quite kicked it yet.

6. And I Darken by Kiersten White

Before And I Darken, I definitely would have said that historical fiction was not my thing. Well… now, I can move on from that notion and realize that historical fiction is almost cooler than regular fiction!

5. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I had a lot of hesitations and qualms about reading this series (totally unfounded and I have no idea why I felt that way) but honestly, within the first chapter I knew this book was going to become one of my favorites and it still is.

4. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

So many issues faced in this book… I had to take a step back from my life as I know it and put myself in someone else’s shoes all book. I learned a lot from reading this book.

3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Brown brought me into the YA sci-fi genre. I absolutely loved Red Rising and it ignited a love for sci-fi and space that I’m finding to be well covered in books.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is one of my favorite series and thanks to Eden, who pushed me to read it. I definitely never would have picked up a book about faeries and magic and all that fantastical stuff that is involved in this book, but I would say that this series changed who I am as a reader.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

While Throne of Glass changed who I am as a reader, THuG changed who I am as a person. Much like All American Boys, there was many issues put to light in this book, all of which forced me to look through someone else’s eyes in a way that I am not used to doing. THuG shined a light on so many things for me and gave me so much.


These books all contributed so much to the reader that I am today in so many different ways. I love what reading does for you and can’t wait to see where I am at years from now.

What book significantly brought you out of your comfort zone, for the better? Let me know down below!

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Books That Pulled Me Out of My Comfort Zone

    1. Thank you! It definitely does something when you go into a book thinking one thing about that particular genre and come out of it with a whole new idea. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Big Little Lies, but I definitely enjoyed it!

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      1. Oh awesome! Thanks! I have a few other thrillers that I bought after I read The Woman in Cabin 10, and I can’t wait to read them! I also just picked up The Woman in the Window! I’ve heard good things about it!

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  1. Red Rising was kind of out of my comfort zone too. Sci-fi’s fine, but all that testosterone made it the kind of book I don’t typically read. It was good, though. Have you read the other books in the series? I’m wondering if I should start on book two.

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