Out Of My Comfort Zone Tag

I´m so not sure if this is something that´ll give me a good night´s rest or if it will haunt me because I found the energy to reveal my `fears`.

I can´t even say I´m squirmish or am even pulled out of my comfort zone in general. Most of the time I face challenges with excitement. But when it comes to books I´m uber careful NOT to step too close to the border of my comfort zone. Because books have a weird effect on me sometimes and that leaves me avoiding certain books / genres like the pest.

A huge thank you goes out to Norrie@ Reading Under The Blankie for tagging me to do the Out Of My Comfort Zone tag. Thanks, girl. I shall do my best to feel uncomfortable in this one. ❤

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


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

I´m not a fan of Dystopian books. I´ve read my fair share but can´t seem to warm up to the genre unless it has elements I´m drawn to. `Thicker Than Blood`by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley is an exception, though. Thicker Than Blood is for me more of a survival read than an actual dystopian. And since I´m a huge fan of anything that involves survival ( Zombie apocalypse, out in the wild, etc ) I forgave the fact that Thicker Than Blood is a dystopian. Review here.

Thicker than blood

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

Medical or health books are an absolute no – go for me. I lean towards being a hypochondriac. Health / medical books are ( next to Google ) my #1 enemy when I have something as simple as a cut that magically appeared on my toe. I´m regularly teased on WhatsApp with gifs and videos for being a hypochondriac. Which is fine. It´s hilarious. But then I caught the husbutt reading `Gut: The Inside Story Of Our Body´s Most Underrated Organ ` by Giulia Enders.

gut

Here´s the thing: Husbutt never reads. He started his current read 4 years ago and is now on page 44 ( I still have hope ). But he flew through `Gut`within no time and loved it. Said it was totally cool, highly informative and just… interesting. I gave it a go with a I´ll – Hate – This – One attitude and ended up sharing the husbutt´s opinion. `Gut`is hypochondriac approved!

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

Hands down- `The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty` by Anne Rice is one of those uncomfortable surprise reads. This piece of work was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who I met at a party who also happened to be a fan of controversial books. He said it was controversial and I, as gullible as I sometimes am, thought I was getting a sweet retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Fuck the sweet retelling. I got a full blown pornographic novel of porn. * falls off sofa from laughter *

the claiming of sleeping beauty

This happened quite a few years before the 50 Shades hype existed. Thanks to The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty I was properly prepared for the BDSM onslaught we have now in erotica novels.

#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?

My friends don´t like recommending books to me because they fear I´ll get technical and analyze their recommended books. I´m the person who does the “Everything Wrong With….” when it comes to recommended books. I know. I´m evil. But hey…. It´s a passion. Feed the hungry artist´s mind!

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

`Lolita`by Vladimir Nabokov. I know what the story´s about. I´ve watched the movies  ( and even enjoyed them ) but I´ve never read the book. I admit, it´s a little out of my comfort zone because I NOW have a problem separating reality from fiction. The fact that I have an 11 year old at home is giving me a mind fuck. I´ll have to wait until my daughter is in her 20´s to be ready to read this one.

lolita

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

The Holy Bible. I just can´t cope with a book that´s been used, abused and misinterpreted so severely that it´s not even funny anymore. I refuse to read a book that has hardly brought any good for as long as it´s been around. I´m sure it´s a lovely read but since many take everything in this book seriously and often act out these beliefs in a harmful – towards – humanity way I will kindly decline.

holy bible

Let´s see what these ladies have to say:

Shalini´s Books & Reviews    ♦    Of All The Books In All The Libraries    ♦    The Cozy Pages

Thank you for reading. I hope you have an awesome bookish day!

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6 thoughts on “Out Of My Comfort Zone Tag

  1. Ha! Bible – good one! And you are so right about people who take everything so seriously. :/

    Lolita is a great read. Yea, a bit cringy, but i think it’s really well written. Again, there are people who take offence and be like “omg, how can you read/write such horrible things”, but not talking about those horrible things will not help anyone.

    Sleeping porn beauty sounds ghastly…
    But Thicker Than Blood is something i will defo check out 🙂

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    1. I totally agree. I think these horrible topics are necessary. I usually have no problem if I can separate fiction from reality ( which I normally can ) But I´m also the type that when I can´t manage to separate the two I end up keeping my distance. I´ll check the Lolita book out eventually… I mean- It´s not like the movies strayed from the original story. Lol. Sleeping Beauty did a number on me. Every 5 pages or so I couldn´t keep the “For fucks sake” at bay. HAHA.

      I think you´d enjoy Thicker Than Blood. It´s definitely special. ❤

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  2. This tag is already making me anxious xD In all seriousness, though, I hate going out of my comfort zone in ANY department, and that includes the bookish one so kudos for doing this!
    Lolita is one of those books I know will probably be lovely when it comes to writing but the subject matter is just so incredibly disgusting I would not be able to stomach it.
    Anyway, great post Morgana 🙂 I hope you get to read out of your comfort zone more, and end up pleasantly surprised!

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    1. Lol. I´m sorry for making you uncomfortable with this tag. If it brings you any comfort- I suffered as well.
      I understand what you´re saying about Lolita. Totally get where you´re coming from. When I usually don´t mind controversial topics. They ´ve never done much for me ( or, I was never fazed about any topic ). Now that I have kids? It´s a whole new thing. It´s the mommy factor that´s taking me to a complete different level of “Nope”.
      I´m so happy you enjoyed this post ( even if it make you a bit uncomfortable ). I hope you have a lovely day and I hope your start in 2019 was great! ❤

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      1. Hahaha no worries, I’m sure I’ll be totally fine (and if I’m not, well, you guys just got yourselves a veeerry interesting post xD)
        Yeah I can totally understand that – as a childless woman I already find it incredibly icky so I can only imagine how it’d be if I had kids of my own…
        Of course I did! And thank you so much 🙂 I wish you the same ❤

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