Top Ten Tuesday – This week, the Broke and the Bookish have their top ten theme as books that are out of our comfort zone
I tend to read most books and a wide range of them too (if some books make me uncomfortable for more than two chapters, I tend to stop reading and pick up the next book, mostly books with loads of offensive language(can take a little but overload does not work for me) and with child abuse tend to do that to me)
Things that worked out:
- Lord of the Flies – Was too dark for me but when I started reading but ended up finishing it. It was well written but still feel uneasy when I think about what was written.
- The Alchemist – When I first picked it up and read the reviews on the back of the book, I wondered if I should read something like this considering all my other reads at that time (about 15 years ago) were either romances or super light reads, but I loooooved it.
- Cutting for Stone – I am not sure I would have picked this book by myself at all but I did when I started working on the 1001 books to read list and am glad I did! My review for this: soon to come.
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie had not been in my comfort zone after repeated attempts to read some of his books (they are great but either I was not in the Rushdie frame of mind or maybe they are just not me) so was hesitant to pick this up from the library but WOW! This book is beautiful! We now have it in our home library. Read my review of this here.
- Life of Pi – This book did have gore and repetition (both outside my comfort zone as well) but there was something else here that pulled me in and kept me going and thanks to that elusive pull, I completed this – a good read. Read my review of this here.
Things that have not worked out:
There have been many books I stopped reading after a couple of chapters (because of reasons as mentioned earlier) and I just cannot recall their names now (guess my mind blocked them out immediately). Luckily, I do not have any such books in my recent reading.
Overall, could not come up with more than five but there they are.
MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
*Grab your current read.*Open to a random page.
*Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
*Share the title and author too, so other TT participants can add it to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.
They passed Frank’s Automotive Supermarket, a new spinal rehab place, Valley Dialysis, Valley Pain and Wellness, Rothco Medical Supply. A barbershop for rent, a tanning salon in a dingy storefront that had once sold model trains. Then Black’s Gun and Outdoor, the closed Montgomery Ward, the closed pharmacy, the closed Supper Club, the closed McDonald’s, a Slovak Lodge, the Masonic Hall.
Meyer, Philipp (2009-02-18). American Rust: A Novel (p. 61). Spiegel & Grau. Kindle Edition.