Top Ten Books I Read That Were Outside of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.I could go on about this topic for a long time. When I first started reading a lot of YA, I read a few books that were very outside of my comfort zone. Some are ones that were in free verse, some weren't as clean as I'd like them to be, and some just didn't sound interesting to me but that some people forced  asked me to read. Here goes.

1. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Free verse tends to freak me out a little bit. I'm not usually a fan, and the title turned me off because I thought it'd be inappropriate. However, I gave it a try. It was good, but it was more of a quick, one-time read for me.

2. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

This book sounded absolutely terrifying to me. It made it so much scarier knowing that this girl's experience was real. I didn't want to read this, until one day I just did. I'm glad I read it now, because I have to read it in high school next year and I don't want to be having a breakdown during class.

3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

I'm not really a (steampunk? This is steampunk right?) person, so I didn't want to pick this up until my brother told me that it was really good. It looked strange to me, and I usually don't like very strange books, but I gave it a shot and I ended up liking it. I just need to read the rest of the series now and I'm set.

4. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

This book is just heartbreaking. I didn't want to pick it up at first because I didn't want to read about an abusive relationship. I thought that I wouldn't be able to handle it. I cried - a lot - and it just breaks my heart that this happens. Highly recommended, and definitely an experience.

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My mom read this when it first came out (a few years ago, I'm pretty sure) and I just thought that it sounded boring. I wasn't one for historical fiction at the time, and it just sounded dreary. I was ten or eleven at the time, but when I finally curled up with it, I ended up really liking it.

6. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

I'm not really comfortable with books like this that have sex as a main point, but I knew that it was one that I had to read. Brutally honest and a great read about reputations, Story of a Girl was a book that I read once and probably won't read again.

7. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I didn't think that I would ever read about a school shooting. It just seems devastating to me, and I couldn't even imagine what Valerie must have been going through. It took me a while to get the guts to read this (it was a library read), but I need to get my own copy because this book will stay with you.

8. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Why was I uncomfortable? Everything. But it was one of those reads that shatters you.

9. Upper Cut by Carrie White

I never saw myself reading this book. I don't do well with memoirs usually.

10. My Sister's Keeper

I avoided this book for ages because I didn't want to face a book that could make me feel this emotional. My biggest fear would have to be if my sister died, and I couldn't bear to read about this. I avoided this book for so long, and it split me open when I finally read it.

Thank y'all for reading!