Really Alexandra? You want to take your revenge and have ME out of my comfort zone now? OK Bring it on!

Dear friends,

Let me tell you that some bloggers are really mean. Yes mean!

How so?

Well now that Alexandra has been tagged by Norrie to go out of her comfort zone she wants to take her revenge and make ME uncomfortable! See? Petty I told you.

Alexandra that is low, so so low!

But OK challenge accepted, bring it on!

 

By now I hope you all understood that I was joking as I love both Alexandra and Norrie but could not resist twisting this somehow…. 😀 

How does this tag 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.

It will be really hard and nasty! Because the goal of this tag 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 don’t really read historical anymore. I used to and read all about the Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Christo, Ramses and the likes but it’s been so long since I’ve read any historical book. Yet this year one book took my breath away by its beauty and powerful writing. It did not happen hundred years ago but should fit the bill as it was in the last century around 1950. This book made it to my Best Books of 2018 and is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

 

 

 

 

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

Honestly I never thought I would love science fiction. I know I will have to hide under a rock after saying this but Star Wars is really not my cup of tea and I don’t understand all the fuss about it. Yes yes I should hide I know!

Yet I chose to read Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff purely under peer pressure *yes Shanah had raved so much about it* and because I am a sucker for gorgeous covers and the UK cover was so beautiful at YALC London *and yes the book was sold 3 GBP* that I bought it and … now I just need to read everything Jay Christoff wrote about!

 

 

 

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

Honestly it was A Place Without You by jewel E Ann. You will read my review soon but I did not know this book had someone dying from cancer and asking for euthanasia * that his family did not agree with* nor that the female MC was in such physical pain that she medicated with marijuana. Drugs is a huge trigger for me and the dying part …. happened the week my dad died after we agreed for euthanasia. So you can guess why this was so out of my comfort zone yet I really loved it even if it did trigger very strong emotions.

 

 

 

 

#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?

I would say Shanah, Alexandra (both for trying scifi) and Norrie (yes Norrie I got to read mystery thanks to you). And maybe Jay because I am on the path of wanting to read cozy mysteries. 😉  As usual I am the ever over achiever as I just gave you four friends!

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

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett again because of Norrie *she gave it 5 stars* and probably something by Brandon Sanderson like Skyward as Shanah seems to love it so much *right alongside other readers*.

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

I would go with anything horror. I really really really can’t do it! Or porn. Not erotic but pure porn.

 

See Alexandra, I did it!

Now I am tagging Shanah, Laura and Sam but of course don’t feel forced to do it 😉

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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14 Replies to “Really Alexandra? You want to take your revenge and have ME out of my comfort zone now? OK Bring it on!”

  1. LifeLik3 was a great read! You must also check out Nevernight Chronicles! It was amazing! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know!! It’s already on my shelves but I am waiting for the third book to be published and binge read!

  2. It makes me so happy to know that I made you a fan of Kristoff!!!! I wasn’t a fan of science fiction until a few years ago. I associated it with Star Wars (which I also can’t stand – so you don’t have to hide from me! ) but they’re totally not the same!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well yes Shanah! And you made me a fan of Rachel Caine/Ann Aguirre too and my push me to read Sanderson LOL

  3. I could do this. Actually that was one of my goals this year. To read outside the box and I discovered some great books and new authors doing that. A few are from your recommendations!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well I am happy I pushed you out of your comfort zone Laura 😉

  4. Hmm. I’m not sure I could do this. Haha, I rarely read books in the few genres I’m not fond of. Since I started doing reviewing in earnest, I’ve broken my reticence towards all but Christian fiction. I just can’t. It irritates me. I do have an exception though- Quinn’s Promise Rock which I got from Netgalley to read with my cubs and didn’t realise it was Christian fic at first.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I haven’t tried Christian read so it would be a totally new genre to me!

  5. Well, not sure I can do A Place Without You, not while Mr. A. is sick and kudos to you for reading it Sophie, I know that had to be super hard! But the cover is pretty…

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Trisy I totally understand. I am thinking of you. Often.

  6. I see Where the Crawdads Sing is going to be made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon. I need to read this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Jacquie the writer in you will love it!

  7. Ha! Ha! See, I knew you had it in you, Sophie! You survived visiting all those other genres, just like me, and we found out something about the kind of books we do like. Which really, has less to do with any genre, and more to do with good writing, and characters we empathise with.

    I really enjoyed reading about your picks and I too have to get reading something from Jay Kristoff. I also want to read Delia Owens too.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I just know that Delia will be your cup of tea 😉

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