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Going Out of Your Comfort Zone
What is your reading comfort zone, are you pretty strict in staying in it, and what are some books outside of that that you would be interested in?
MY COMFORT ZONE
So yeah I think if you read this blog you know what my comfort zone is. Young Adult Contemporary. I don't know why exactly I gravitate to this sub-genre or whatever you call it, but I have my guesses. I think a big reason is that when I first fell in love with YA the books that I happened to read were Sarah Dessen, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and stuff like Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr and You Don't Know Me by David Klass and The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. Which all feature teenagers living in today's world facing real (sometimes heartbreaking) problems. Sure I read, loved, and was OBSESSED with Harry Potter (who wasn't??). But when I tried to read Twilight I was like WTF??? And then there were a few other fantasy books that I had tried and DNF'd because I just didn't get it. Then Hunger Games came out and the dystopian sub-genre of YA BLEW UP. For a while there I was having trouble even finding new books in my comfort zone because EVERYTHING was dystopian, aliens, vampires, or something like that. I got a little nervous. Things have leveled off now and contemp is definitely on the upswing again (hurahhhh!). But it has got me thinking. Shouldn't I be trying new things?? How many books about tortured adolescent relationships can I read? How many books about a girl who is grieving the death of a friend, a parent, or boyfriend can and should I be reading?? I see all these awesome reviews for books that not only am I not reading, but they're not even on my radar. I need to stop being so damn rigid!!
Seriously last year I read 4 books that I consider to be non-contemp and 2 of them are borderline (Mara Dyer???). That sucks. So today I am putting together a list of books I want to try to get me to broaden my horizons... but I need your help!!! So please tell me which ones you would recommend, and which ones I should pass on!
Here are my MAYBE'S:
So you guys, I really really really need your help on this one. Which books should I read and which were disappointments?? Keep in mind I'm new to these types of books... that may be a big deal when rec-ing something to me.
Also what are your reading comfort zones?? Are you all over the place or are you more strict like me?