The Broke and the Bookish, is a weekly blogging activity that I happen to like a lot.
This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I Read that Were Outside my Comfort Zone (whether I liked them or not)
10.Suze Orman, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
I don't usually read self-help type books, or financial books, but this one is pretty interesting. LIKED IT.
9.Kenji Siratori, Headcode
I took a sci fi/ cyberpunk class in graduate school and pretty much everything was out of my comfort zone. This book is made up entirely of strange code type world salad. It is the worst book I've ever read. LOATHED IT.
8.John Milton, Paradise Lost
Milton is totally out of my comfort zone. I'm a little afraid of Milton and I'm not afraid to admit it. Prepping for my M.A. exams, this loomed like a dark cloud over me. DID NOT LIKE IT.
7.Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen
This was outside my comfort zone because of the time in my life when I read it. I think I was in eighth grade, and the book was a little over my head. LIKED IT.
6.Stephanie Meyers, Twilight
I was studying for M.A. exams when I read Twilight and it was definitely outside the realm of what I was reading at the time. LIKED IT (okay, maybe I loved it a little).
5.William Burroughs, The Ticket that Exploded
I am really hard to offend, and I don't really find anything to be that strange, but this book is super weird. I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I LIKED IT.
4.Republic of Plato
This is the first full book of philosophy that I read, and so it was totally nerve-wracking. I ended up really getting into it though and I still enjoy reading philosophy now. LIKED IT.
3.Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
I didn't really read this, just pretended to, so I don't know if it belongs on this list. I mean it's by Hitler and it is really really long. I had a copy of it for a Junior year in high school honors project. PROBABLY WOULD HAVE HATED IT.
2.J.G. Ballard, Crash
I put this on the list last week, so to revisit: This made me super uncomfortable (like nightmare times) when I first read it at sixteen. HATED IT, THEN LATER LOVED IT.
1.Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
Mysteries and detective stories are outside my zone, but this is a great book, so I LOVED IT.