Reading Out Of My Comfort Zone

4 Sep

I have to say I’m quite a creature of habit. If i find a genre of books i like i tend to read a lot of them. Back in 2010, i started to get back into reading in a big way, and decided my poison of choice would be chick lit. Nowadays, i don’t like it at all, i find the stories very predictable and i cant pick them up very well. I do have a few on my TBR shelves and i will read them as i have spent money on them.

However I’m now thinking i should stop with the comfy reads in my life and start reading some more challenging books. Why now might you say? Well over the last month I’ve read a couple of ‘classic’ books and despite my worries i have loved them, so why don’t I read more of them?

I’m currently just over halfway through Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell and this is a book I wouldn’t have even considered a couple of years ago. Its massive and that would have put me off. But it’s so good, I cant believe that i havent picked it up before!

So here is my list of books that I could have been put off with, but ended up loving!

So, what books were you surprised by?

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11 Responses to “Reading Out Of My Comfort Zone”

  1. beckyday6 September 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I thought the exact same thing about classics until I picked up Wuthering Heights! 🙂

  2. ocdreader/Elisa September 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    I started back to reading with chick lit and historical romance years ago. Now I mix up my genres to keep things “fresh”. 🙂 You are MUCH better about digging into those classics than I am though, I am inspired and impressed.

    • shelovestoread September 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      You have the same sort of book beginings as me and i like to mix things up a bit now too 🙂 and thanks, but its only been the last year that ive been able to read the classics 🙂

  3. justonemonkeytyping September 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    I originally felt the same way about classics, but then I read ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck which completely changed my mind about them. Admittedly, I’ve read some classics which have been long-winded and quite frankly, boring (*cough* On the Road), but there are so many fantastic books out there which have survived the trial of time for a very good reason. Best of luck with your reading adventures! 🙂

    • shelovestoread September 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      I’ve not read that one, I’ve read Of Mice and Men, but not his others. I dont like the long winded ones either, i end up skim reading and not enjoying the story. Thank you, and same to you 🙂

  4. cricketmuse September 5, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Classics grow on you. I have a difficult time reading mainstream after being on a classic groove–like going from Haagen-Daaz to Popsicles–the flavor difference is quite noticeable.

    • shelovestoread September 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Maybe i’ll end up like that and end up loving the classics even more 🙂

  5. Briana September 12, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    When I was in fourth grade I basically had to be bullied into reading Anne of Green Gables. It immediately became my favorite book, and I read it about ten times in a row. Sort of awkward.

    • shelovestoread September 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      I’ve read the first one in that series many years ago, i want to read them all though 🙂

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