Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books Outside Your Comfort Zone


Hello everyone!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is currently being hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more information about this fun feature and how you can join in, please visit the Goodreads group for it!

This week’s T5W is favorite books outside your comfort zone. Basically, you’re supposed to pick five books that you read and enjoyed from different genres that you don’t usually read. This was a fairly easy top five for me because all throughout this year I’ve been reading multiple books that are definitely outside of my normal genre selection (YA contemporaries and dystopians).

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m usually not a fan of classic novels that were written over 100 years ago, mainly because I find myself easily confused when it comes to deciphering the language and writing style. However, I had to read Pride and Prejudice last semester for school and I really loved it! I was really able to connect with the characters and the story. Mr. Darcy made me swoon quite a bit and I loved how sassy and self-assured Elizabeth Bennet always was.

4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I immediately fell in love with the different fantasy elements that can be found within the Shadowhunter world. City of Bones was one of the first urban fantasies that I’ve read and as soon as I read that book, I was hooked to this series. I should also mention that I highly enjoyed The Infernal Devices trilogy, which was fantasy with a bit of steampunk mixed in, which was also outside of my comfort zone.

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I loved this book (as well as the sequel Glass Sword) so much, which surprised me a lot because they’re not what I usually read! The plot, the characters, the setting, the writing — every element of this book really took me by surprise and I absolutely love this series.

2. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I just recently read this novel and I loved it! I’d never really read a YA fantasy retelling before, so this was a new genre for me to read. I really, really adored this book (as well as the second book The Rose & the Dagger) and I’m currently trying to find more books similar to it so I can expand my horizons regarding YA fantasy retellings.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Speaking of retellings, this brings us to the #1 spot on my T5W for this week. I never thought that I would thoroughly enjoy a young adult (or actually more like new adult) high fantasy retelling, but oh my goodness. I freaking love these books so much, they’re addicting.

So, that’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Comment below with a book that you read that was outside of your usual genre comfort zone, but you really enjoyed it.



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