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Hiding Under The Table — Alex Is Out Of Her Comfort Zone

That Trickster Loki, Norrie, has done it again, while squirming under her blankie she’s nominated me to step outside my bookish comfort zone, and reveal another side of me. Another side of my reading rabbits habits.

So, how does this work?

You have to pick one genre that you frequently read and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions.

Which, as Norrie pointed out, is just plain mean but, the whole point of the exercise is finding out more about genres we don’t like and or elements that make us squirm.

#1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like.

I really don’t like to read contemporary or literary-style fiction. But, because people were reading and raving over A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, I read it. I read it in a couple of days and, do you know what? I loved it. It made me stop and rethink my aversion to reading these genre.

#2 A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against.

Back in 2017 I picked up THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale based on another online friend’s recommendation. Basically, this is a turn of the century western. I would never have thought to read a western in a million years. Though, when younger, I loved to watch western TV shows and movies. Go figure. It’s another book I read in a couple of sittings and thoroughly enjoyed. This one was so unexpected and yet, great fun.

#3 A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.

I guess this would have to be DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells, which I picked up to read because of enjoying the movies so much. So yeah, I read a contemporary novel without stopping to think about or care what genre it was. And again, thoroughly enjoyed the read.

#4 Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?

Wow, that’s just about everyone I follow at the moment. Of course there is Norrie, but also Vera, Inge and Sophie. All of who have read, reviewed and recommended any number of books to me, like A MAN CALLED OVE. And, again, because of their insistence, I read THE CITY OF BRASS though I don’t normally read fantasy.

#5 A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read.

Again, because of Norrie, I have BEAR TOWN by Fredrik Backman on my wish list. So I guess I’ll be straying down the contemporary novel route again, next year!

#6 A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give a chance.

Anything from the horror, paranormal, or supernatural genres. Never. Gonna. Happen!

Okay, I’m going to nominate Vera, Christina and Sophie to see what genres they don’t often read

8 Comments

  1. Oooh, good luck with the adventures into contemporary land!
    I must say it’s not my favourite genre to read either, but i like the ones with a bit of mystery or darkness in them.
    Man Called Ove sounds really good, but i’m kind of intimidated cuz literary fiction… but considering it was written by Fredrik Backman i really don’t think i need to be that worried. Something to consider for next year 🙂

    • lol! I might have to hack a pathway through Contemporary land to find the right books. But I’m sure I’ll get plenty of good recommendations from everyone as to what I should read. And yeah, if they have a bit of darkness, or suspense, I’m more inclined to read it. I’ll skip the family dramas if you don’t mind!

      And A Man Called Ove was less literary and more a mix of dark comedy, pathos, and whimsy. And I’ll be reading more from Backman, he writes with a great sense of twisted observational humour, which I really like.

  2. Such a great post to read Alexandra!
    I also have BEARTOWN on my wish list for next year. As well as Man Called Ove. I’ve heard so many great things about both the author as well as these books of his.

    And thank you for the shout out, this one will be a tough one as I tend to read many, many different genres… challenge accepted though! ❤️

    • Thanks, Vera, it was fun answering and being reminded that I can enjoy books from a variety of genre without being bored! Ha! Ha! Oh, and I hear there is a follow-up to BEAR TOWN, so I might get them as a pair, next year, and read them back to back. Or maybe I’ll organize a readalong.

      I hope you do it as I’m sure it will be just as interesting to see what titles and authors you talk about, knowing you read quite a variety of genres. It’ll be fun to see what you like, and don’t like.

  3. Bwahaha happy to know that I push you out of your comfort zone. Ok I will do the tag this weekend once I have stopped working on my clone site and testing like mad

    • Ha! Ha! You and everyone else, these last few months. I’ve felt more confident reading outside my comfort zone based on everyone’s recommendations, and great reviews. Knowing I can’t go to far wrong with people’s favs and suggestions.

      Hey, no pressure to do the tag, I just wanted to nominate you knowing you would come up with some interesting answers. Oh, and I can’t wait to see your new website. What theme dod you finally go with? Dang, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. 😀

  4. Owww thank you for mentioning me (unless you meant a different person with the same name)! A Man Called Ove will be an exception for me too if I read it next year. I don’t really like reading about old people or about sports… but you and Norrie and Diana (and 23 other bloggers) have convinced me I have to read it!

    • Lol! Yes, I did mean you, Inge, you are the one and only Inge I know. And I think we are all reading out side our comfort zone because of each other, and the encouragement we’re getting to do so. And I found this a really enjoyable read. I hope you give it a go. Backman has a wry sense of dark humour.

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