Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Zone


Don't forget to check out the last week of our giveaway! Last week's winners were Anisa S, Holly S, Nicole H and Stacy C. Good luck and thanks for participating!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's theme asked us to come up with a list of books outside of our comfort zones that we really loved. 

This is so not a genre I would ever read, but this was soooooooooo good. Read my review here.
This book! Yeah, this book with this cheesy cover - Hahaha. It was hilarious! Based on the cover, I was expecting something cheesy, too. But it was a really good book! Read my review here.

Of course Outlander has to make the list! 

Most of the books I read are always about skinny girls and I was in a mood to read a contemporary romance (which almost never happens) where the main female character is plus size (yes, because we plus size ladies deserve to be loved too). Anyways, my friend Betsy recommended me this, and I loved it so much! Read my review here.

I don't usually read Contemporary Romance, but I really loved this one! Read my review here.





If you know me personally, chances are you have said something to the effect of "I hate recommending things to you, cause you're so picky!" In fact, one of my best friends just said a variation of that to me the other night. I am the type of person who will drop a book within the first three sentences, or stop watching a Kdrama after a 20 second attempt. I always marvel at people who love all sorts of different genres and are willing to try anything. I am the exact opposite! I know what I love, and I tend to not stray far from my comfort zone. So, in order to do this list, I had to go back further than the recommended "last year-ish" parameter.

I don't do horror. Like ever. I am the world's biggest chicken, and even mildly scary is enough to give me nightmares for weeks. I went through a kick where I started buying a whole bunch of YA horror not too long ago, and this is the only book I was actually able to make it through! It was surprisingly good, and kept me on the edge of my seat! Though, I also had horrible visions of the Nightmare Elf all week long. 

In addition to not doing horror, I don't do historical romance. Really, historical anything. Set something in a real place in the past and I instantly stop caring. However, way back in high school I accidentally bought this book when I worked at a bookstore and started it with the intention of mocking it the whole way through. I ended up loving it!

I know, this book makes a lot of my TTTs! I don't really do science fiction very much, and I am not a fan of Neil Gaiman, so all of the comparisons should have kept me away! But that pretty cover drew me in, and I am so glad it did! Magonia was easily the best read of 2015!

Spaceships? Outer space? Foreign planets? All three things that are usually guaranteed to keep me from buying a book. However, I am also a sucker for pretty covers and girls in giant dresses. This is the rare situation when that love has steered me in a good direction, as These Broken Stars was just amazing.

You might be sensing a theme here of things that I refuse to take part in. Anything to do with faeries is typically at the top of that list! I don't know why, but I really don't care about the fae world in the slightest! But I bought Wicked Lovely without even reading the back (have you sensed that I have issues when it comes to pretty covers?) and decided to read it anyway once I realized it was faeries! I really loved the world Melissa Marr created, and even read book 2! Unfortunately, I didn't make it past that. 

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  1. These Broken Stars has been on my TBR for a while now. I also shy away from books in outer space but this cover keeps calling to me :) . Plus I've heard so many good things about it. The fact that you enjoyed it even though you don't typically like outer space is definitely encouraging! I'll have to move it up my TBR!

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    1. The beginning of These Broken Stars is the only part that feels Sci-Fi. All of the stuff while they are on the big cruise ship does feel outer space-y. But once they get on the planet, it's feels much more dystopian than outer spacey! Plus, the writing is just so good! Now I want to re-read it :)

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  2. I'm really glad that you enjoyed these books, even though they were out of your comfort zone. It's good to step outside sometimes!

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  3. All the books on Allyson's list are books I would love. :-) Well, maybe except for the horror novel. Mariela's list is probably closer to what I would avoid reading or be surprised that I liked if I read them. I'll have to look for Picture Perfect. It's nice that the heroine isn't thin for a change.

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  4. I tend to stick with what I like too, or at least I always did- blogging has definitely expanded my horizons! Some nice picks here- these would be outside my zone too but they look good. I laughed when I saw the cover of Bad Doctor- yes you maybe wouldn't expect that one to be good but glad it was! And Magonia has such a nice cover!

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    1. The story inside Magonia is just as nice as the cover! It's a really, really weird book (think Neil Gaiman!), but it's just such a good story :)

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  5. Interesting mix! I haven't read any of these, but a lot of the descriptions are fun.:)

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  6. I have Outlander and These Broken Stars on my TBR too! Glad you liked them :)

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    1. I add Outlander in all of my lists haha It is my favorite book!!

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  7. Ooo, I hear lots of good things about Magonia but haven't read it. Always 'Broken Stars' was indeed a fun read albeit a series I've yet to finish. Ah well. Someday I shall. :D

    Thanks so much for visiting Dreaming Under the Same Moon, Allyson. I appreciate it.

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    1. I haven't finished it either! It's so hard to move on to new protagonists :p Also, Magonia is amazing! Though, it is really weird so if you're going to read it, definitely be prepared for that.

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  8. Back To Us looks right up my street! :D Great list, I'm glad you enjoyed them :) x

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    1. You should read it sometime, I really liked Back to Us.

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  9. I LOVE Outlander. It is just so beautiful... I need to read the rest of the series.

    I want to read These Broken Stars as well.. I keep putting it off though because I'm not big in sci-fi... but the cover is just beautiful!

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    1. Me too, I need to start and finish Dragonfly in Amber before season 2 of Outlander starts.

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  10. Ooooh. Back to Us and Magonia caught my eyes! Nice list!

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    1. Back to Us was really good. I was surprised I liked it.

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  11. Outlander has been on my list forever and I keep putting it off. It's glad to hear that another person who love it!

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    1. I love Outlander. It is the best book I have read , I need to start and finish book 2. It is on all my lists! haha

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  12. These Broken Stars is on my list. It sounds really good. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  13. I love the covers for the Starbound series, they are just so pretty. Outlander was definitely a book out of my own comfort zone as well. Nice list this week!

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    1. How can you not buy the Starbound books with covers so pretty, even if it's not your genre? It's impossible :p

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  14. Outlander is something not in my comfort zone but one I really want to read!

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  15. I actually am a science fiction fan, but Magonia still stood out to me! It's a neat mix of science fiction, fantasy, and maybe magical realism.

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  16. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect!! I kind of forgot about that book, thanks for reminding me!

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  17. Oh dear... I read that "John Locke" book and immediately thought of Lost!

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  18. I know what you mean about not reading much out of your comfort zone, Allysson! I don't either. I'm glad These Broken Stars ended up working for you - it is one of my favorite books!!
    Bruna Writes

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  19. I'm usually a creature of habit well, Allyson. There are some very pretty covers here! I've heard good things about These Broken Stars. I probably need to add that to my TBR list. :D

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  20. Outlander seems so overwhelming in regards to how many pages each book has and sometimes my attention span can be very short lol. But I keep hearing so many amazing things about it, so even though it's definitely outside of my comfort zone too, hopefully I'll pick it up someday.

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  21. Welcome to the Dark House sounds exactly like my kind of book!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

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  22. These Broken Stars made my list, as well! I absolutely adored that novel, even though I very rarely read sci-fi - tbh, I mostly picked it up because of that GORGEOUS cover. Magonia, Welcome to the Dark House and Back to Us are on my tbr list. :)
    Wonderful lists!

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  23. Yep...this was a hard TTT to come up...nice choices, cheesy covers and all.

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  24. Great posts! I loved reading the Outlander series too. I have These Broken Stars in my TBR pile and can't wait to read it! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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