Top Ten Tuesday: Books Outside My Comfort Zone


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is books I enjoyed outside my comfort zone, but I covered that here not too long ago.  Instead I put together a list of ten books on my TBR outside my comfort zone.  They all fall into the realm of non-fiction, since it’s probably the furthest outside my comfort zone I can go.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs by Tristan Gooley

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley – I added this and meant to read it last year for the Pop Sugar Challenge.  I never got around to this particular book but would still like to read it.

Bunk by Kevin Young

Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries and Phonies by Kevin Young – Another one I added for a forgotten prompt on Pop Sugar.  It sounds like an interesting discussion of the connection between power, fake news and race.

The Last Good Heist by Tim White

The Last Good Heist by Tim White, Randall Richard and Wayne Worcester – A true crime book about a heist in which thieves stole from a secret bank utilized by La Cosa Nostra.  I added this because I actually own it (through a purchase my mother made on her Kindle).  It seems to have some ties to my very tiny state of Rhode Island and sounds interesting.

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King – If people have only read one book by Stephen King, it always seems to be this one.  I’m not even sure it counts as outside my comfort zone.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – I grew up listening to The Boss.  His music always makes me really nostalgic, and I’d love to read more about him.  Also- thanks to my mother, I already sort of own it.  (Also – I’m dying to see that new movie, Blinded by the Light with the probably awesome sound track.  Has anyone seen it?)

The Lie by William Dameron

The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out by William Dameron – I got to see William Dameron speak earlier in the year about his path to publishing, and would love to read his book also.  Again- I own it… just need to read it…

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – It’s Neil Patrick Harris!  It’s gotta be funny right?  Or at least interesting?

The Vikings by Robert Ferguson

The Vikings: A History by Robert Ferguson – I’m really getting tired of reminding myself how many books I own and haven’t read.  I love history, but I especially love all things Vikings.

A Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements

A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans? by Jonathan Clements – See Above.

Always I am Caesar by W. Jeffrey Tatum

Always I am Caesar by W. Jeffrey Tatum – Julius Caesar is probably one of the most interesting historical figures, to me.  Tyrant, dictator, genius.  Love, loss, betrayal… Just so much real life drama there.  I own this one too (for years… sigh).

And that’s all 10!  Which books are outside your comfort zone?

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. I do need to retry a Stephen King book. I tried one in my teens and just couldn’t get into his writing. So maybe now it would be a different story. My biggest out of comfort zone for me was a non fiction book, Why not Me? by Mindy Kaling. It was really though. Great list

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    • Thanks! Non fiction is about as far out of my comfort zone as I can get. If I had made the list of books I enjoyed out of my comfort zone it would have been 4 books 😂.

      I have some great recommendations for King if you want them!


    • I haven’t read it yet! But it’s definitely getting the most endorsements here. The trouble is, books outside my comfort zone is limited to non-fiction type books, and I’ve only read about four of those recently… I also did a post on reading outside your comfort zone a couple weeks ago.

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      • I hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to read your thoughts if/when you get around to it. This week’s TTT was a bit easier for me because there’s SO MUCH I don’t read 😛 I’m going to check out your other post on this though, I love a good discussion topic 🙂

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      • Well I hope you find some thing there that pushes you out of your comfort zone a little! I didn’t include Science Fiction and Fantasy although I probably should have. I just assumed if people were reading my blog it was because they liked those genres. Either way- I’m happy to make recommendations!


  2. On Writing isn’t just a book about how to write, it’s got some amazing autobiographical stuff about King’s life as well. I think he talks about his near death accident and how he wrote and sold his first book. I need to read it again, so good!

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