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

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

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Top 5 2018 Bookish Resolutions

“2018 will be my book year.” I said.

“I´ll expand my horizon and have a more open mind towards other genres.” I said.

Right before we waved the old year a goodbye and welcomed the new year Stefan ( the hubs) and I decided to make a list. Our very own 2018 New Years Resolution list.

Aside from the things we´d like to achieve together as a family, and as a young married couple, we thought it would be a good idea to make a separate list just for ourselves.

Making a list for myself did make me laugh out loud. I´ve never created a New Year´s Resolution list for myself. What would I write down? That I want to eat healthier? I try that every day. How about going to bed earlier? * wave off * I kissed that idea good-bye after my oldest was born. And saving money? Hey, being middle-class is also expensive. So what could I possibly add to my own New Year´s list? I wanted to add something meaningful because, let´s face it… Adding things like remembering to clean my glasses isn´t that meaningful.

I had an idea.

 

Morgana´s Revolutionary, Apocalyptic 2018 New Year´s Resolution Book List

Ha! Now, that´s something I can always work with. Books. It was only a matter of thinking about the stuff I would like to achieve regarding books or blogging. My revolutionary and apocalyptic ideas began to bloom.

  1. Cut Down On Social Media

    Yeah. Blogging can be tough, especially when you don´t know where to lay your eggs ( meaning, where to focus my attention ). In 2017 I was all over the place. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Wattpad, Tumblr. Even Goodreads… Was being scattered on Social Media worth it for me? Absolutely not. I figured I´d have fewer headaches if I´d concentrate on a few social media that actually meant something to me.

  1. Blog Consistently

    A challenge for me. One I´m ready to accept because it´ll only benefit me in the long run. 2017 blogging is over. Gone. 2018 will be about being punctual, informative and fun, regularly.

  1. Read More Out Of My Genre Comfort-Zone

    For years I avoided genre´s such as Sci-Fi and Dystopian. On a few occasions I´d read a Fantasy or Paranormal but that was about it. I stuck to Romance novels because it´s what I enjoyed most. But Romance get´s boring after a while. Every character is broken-hearted at some point and most have their happily ever after ( after 1 or 3 books). Besides- I´m seeing so many fab cover features on Instagram… It´s time to expand my horizon. It´s time to find something non-romance. Or something otherworldly that involves romance. ( I don´t think I´m ready to kick romance completely.)

  1. Use My Kindle More Often

    I´ve mentioned many times before in my other posts that I´m a paperback lover through and through. Nothing beats a good old book. Nothing! I remember when the Kindle Paperwhite went on sale I was hell-bent on getting one. An e-book reader like the Paperwhite with all it´s pro´s and hardly any con´s? That thing had my name on it! Fast forward a few years later: I hardly have any books on my Kindle. I just can´t warm up to the e-book reader. Sure, it comes in handy when I travel but when I´m out of the country I hardly spend time reading. I´m out and about, exploring new places. No. 2018 will be my „Morgana´s going to buy more ebooks“ year. What a waste to pay loads of money for something that only collects dust, right?

  1. Read More Books

    Another challenge. Life is busy. I have 2 kids and a husband who often need my full attention. Plus work and appointments and whatever else I usually deal with. Although I make time for reading it´s not really enough. I used to read more, even with kids. When did life become so busy? No more, I say! This busy life needs to slow down.

So, there you have it. My outrageous, fantabulous, extraordinary list of 2018 New Years Resolutions. If you have any ideas for me to add to my list then feel free to comment them! Or just let me know what your bookish-resolutions are, if you have any at all. I would love to find out what your 2018 will look like.

Here´s to a successful book year!

Much Love,

Morgana xxx