The Out of My Comfort Zone Tag

Hello everyone….

I have been very kindly nominated by Mehek @thecritiquesofafangirl to do the out of my comfort zone tag where we discuss books outside of our usual genre. Thank you so much to Mehek and you should all check out her blog all about glorious books.


The ONE golden rule

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.

Let’s begin and not break the rule…..

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My one genre is FANTASY!!! (like Mehek) I have probably read 95% in this genre so this might be slightly hard. (eeekk)


A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like

Genre: Horror   Book: Say her name by James Dawson

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Ok, so I wouldn’t say I don’t typically like horror, it not a genre I will go to a lot and I’ve only read 2 horror books. One I enjoyed, the other not so much. But I really haven’t read that much variety in terms of genre (I know I’m sorry) so this this fits the best. So horror isn’t my favourite. I just don’t have an urge to read it and well it has no dragons. But I have read Carrie by Stephen King and I didn’t connect to the characters and it seemed like you were just always waiting for something bad to happen. But I enjoyed Say her name by James Dashner– it’s a Bloody Mary retelling (have you ever done ‘Bloody Mary’ in front of a mirror?) it was a quick read and the plot kept me wanting to pick it up. It was a while ago since I read it but I remember enjoying it.


A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously had some stigma about

Genre: Historical Fiction  Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Historical fiction doesn’t really jump out to me and would have been a genre I avoided because I thought it’s heavy, sad and just not for me basically but… I picked up ‘The Book Thief’ because I heard death was the narrator and was suggested to pick up ‘all the light we cannot see’ by the bookseller. And they did have heavy and sad parts but there would also beautiful, interesting and enjoyable. I would never have I thought I would enjoy these but I really did. So I am definitely willing to try more historical fiction.


A book you didn’t know was actually out of you comfort zone until you started reading it

Genre: Contemporary   Book: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

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I am not saying contemporary is out of comfort zone and I do intend to try more (I’m making a list) BUT I thought I would love reading contemporary because I loved watching that type of movie so I just presumed I would be all over it. But when reading this book I was like I am not a fan of this. I don’t think it was the best book because I’ve read a few other contemporaries and I have enjoyed them much more and I am hoping to read more as I’ve said. But I was just surprised when I first read it that it was out of my comfort zone.


Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of you norm that they convinced you to give a try?

Genre: Sci-Fi   Book: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I have heard about this book series from many BookTubers and if you said to me space, planet invasion, plague, data hacking I probably would have been like ‘where’s the elemental magic and dragons’ and then throw in it being told by documents, emails etc. I would have been liked ‘umm.. I don’t think that’s for me’. But then a miracle happened— lots of book lovers shouted about something they loved and I was like maybe I should give it a go. And now I am excited to read it— look at that power of the book community.


A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.

Genre: Graphic Novel and Manga  Book: Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

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Graphic Novels and Manga are something I would love to read more off and I am hoping to do so. Bloom is a graphic novel that is coming out this year and I’ve seen it on a blog tour I am was like yes this sounds a great way to start reading more of graphic novels. It has baking, summer, young love, family, m/m relationships. I’m a really excited about it.


A book or genre so out of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it another chance

Genre: Classics   Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Do you class ‘classics’ as a genre?? I have. I’ve read two classics that I had heard quite a lot of good things about and I didn’t really enjoy either— I found them a bit slow and didn’t connect to them. It sometimes makes me feel like I’m an uneducated reader because I don’t like classics but they just don’t appeal to me. So I don’t think I will be trying out many more classics– but I am not ruling them out completely though. I am tempted to try out Jane Eyre but that’s probably it.


Ok…. that’s all the questions. I had to bend some slightly to suit me but I hope you enjoyed reading this. And I do intend to try more genres out.

I won’t be tagging anyone in particular today but if you fancy doing it– go for it!! And I would love to read it so let me know.


14 thoughts on “The Out of My Comfort Zone Tag

  1. Ahhh I love your answers for this tag! Illuminae was also very, very, very far from my comfort zone, so I was nervous to read it, but ultimately I caved and I’m glad I did, I was surprised, in a great way! I hope you will, too 🙂 And Bloom! This was such a great story, it warmed my heart SO much. I hope you’ll love it 🙂

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    1. Aww.. Thank you so much!! ❤
      I am glad you liked illuminae– I am excited read to see what it’s about because I can’t imagine anything like it. I hope I get to it soon!!
      Aww… I am so excited to get to Bloom— it sounds like the perfect sweet read!!
      Thank you for your lovely comment 💕


    1. It’s fun to try out genre that you wouldn’t normally go to because you might end up loving. If you get to any Stephen King I hope you will enjoy it.
      Bloom sounds like a super sweet read and I’ve only heard good things about it!!
      Thanks for the comment 💕


    1. It is such a good book– I am so glad I picked it up!! ❤
      Aww… I am glad you like horror– obviously I don’t have much to compare it to but I did enjoy say her name and I know others did. Yeah I think it would be in the YA section. 😊


  2. This tag looks interesting but I’m going to be in trouble naming books outside of my usual reading genre. The Book Thief has always been in my TBR list but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet just like any hundred books on the list lol

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    1. The book theif is a really good read– so different and powerful and emotional. I definitely recommend it. I know I have hundreds on my ever-growing list of books to read 😂


  3. I loved the Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See, but totally agree. I tend to think of historical fiction as a sad genre! Also, I just read Bloom and adored it! So I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! I’m also going to add my opinion to the hype train to say that Illuminae is awesome! It’s just a fun and action packed book!

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    1. Hi!! Yes they were really good books!! I am glad you enjoyed bloom– I can’t wait to read it. Thank you 😊
      Yes I am so interested to see what illuminae is about– I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am hoping to pick it up soon!!
      Thank you for your comment 💛


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