TTT: Books I liked that were out of my comfort zone
Today's TTT (hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl) is about books that might fall outside our normal sphere, but we've read and enjoyed them anyway. I've got to be honest, I don't really know what my comfort zone is when it comes to books. I like girly classics, and I re-read my old childhood and teenage favourites. That's it. Pretty much everything else is wary territory. But if the writing's good and I like the characters I'll read anything within reason. Here are a few that surprised me:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
But I picked it up because... I was doing a witch-y thing for my dissertation. It was research.
And I liked it because... It was so gripping and just good. I read it in one sitting. It was very easy to read and really exciting
John by Cynthia Lennon
But I picked it up because... I spotted it in work, and I'd really enjoyed the film Nowhere Boy.
And I liked it because... It was interesting because Cynthia was there for a lot of the fun, early stuff and I loved all the anecdotes that music industry types probably wouldn't think to put in. I also thought she seemed like a really nice, normal woman, which made for an easy read. You'd think a biography from the ex-wife would be full of bitterness, but it really wasn't.
The Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell
But I picked it up because... I'd just finished uni and was trying to rekindle my reading life.
And I liked it because... I loved Sharpe, as a character. I read Sharpe's Eagle first (the first one written) and I was in deep. I read about ten one after the other and then I started to get a bit weary of them as they're all so similar. Just Waterloo and Devil still to go now!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
But I picked it up because... I bought it for my Auntie and we were going to see the film together!
And I liked it because... It was an easy, engrossing read, and I really liked Lou. Shame I couldn't stand Will. He was so patronising.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
But I picked it up because... It was on my 'detective fiction' module in third year.
And I liked it because... It was a stand alone Poirot so you didn't need to have read any of the others to follow it. And that twist!!! I read it again as soon as I finished it to see all the clues. It was so clever.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
But I picked it up because... My sister made me.
And I liked it because... It was weird, but compelling. I thought the love interest was interesting and a bit different - although the way his clothes were described was very weird.
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
But I picked it up because... My Detective Fiction module again. I made an effort that semester!
And I liked it because... I was expecting it to be worse than the Raymond Chandler stuff, but I actually enjoyed it more. I can't remember why it was such a good read, I just know I was pleasantly surprised. Although, it was very violent.
Lydia by Natasha Farrant
But I picked it up because... I think it was a panic buy at the train station.
And I liked it because... It was fun! It didn't actually offend my sense of the characters much, the author didn't try too hard to write in Jane Austen's style and it didn't take itself to seriously. And Mr. Bennett didn't have a secret child with Hill (as in another book I could mention.)
Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds
But I picked it up because... I liked the film, and I like Posy Simmons' illustrations.
And I liked it because... The illustrations were nice, and not all just girls with massive boobs, which seems to be the norm in a lot of graphic novels. It was thought provoking but also fun and nice to look at. Depressing in parts, but not overwhelmingly so.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
But I picked it up because... University again. Why else?
And I liked it because... It was just really well written and I needed to know what happened next. It was dark and sad but I was glad I read it.
Read any of these? What books have surprised you?