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September 3: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone (i.e., a genre you don’t typically read or subject matter you’re not usually drawn to)
I read any genre, but there are some subjects I often avoid. I participate in the Read Harder Challenge just to get out of the norm books. You should check it out if you haven’t before. 🙂 List is alphabetical as always!
1.Half of A Yellow Sun; Chimamanda Adichie. Any book that has words like ‘haunting’ and ‘chilling violence’ in its description is a risk. Just enough hope in this, though.
2. Smaller and Smaller Circles; F.H. Batacan. The Thriller/Suspense end of the mystery pool isn’t always my thing, but this one had interesting characters.
3. We Are Arrested; Can Dundar. I was worried this would be depressing, but though it was grim, it had some light to it.
4. One Child; Mei Fong. History can be rough. This was thought-provoking, without being too dry.
5. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths; Shigeru Mizuki. A grim true war story, but wonderfully done.
6. Where We Are Now; Carolyn Osborn. Any small press book is a gamble. Is it good? One way to find out!
7. Chess Story; Stefan Zweig. I’ve read too many dark books that involve Nazis, so I’m leary of them now. This one was complex, sad, and wistful.