Top 5 Wednesday – Out of my Comfort zone

I have to admit I was at a loss as to what to write about today. With the Top 5 Wednesday group on break for the summer I just wasn’t sure where I was going to pull an idea from!

Then I was thinking about my TBR for The Bookie Trials (watch out for my TBR post very very soon)! I am on team Mage and the teams weakness is we have to read a book out of our comfort zone. Now I am an avid reader and while I tend to gravitate towards Fantasy and Sci-fi from all age ranges, I like to occasionally step out of that . I don’t frequently read a lot of contemporary, romance, non-fiction or historical fiction. So in order to help me decide what to read as part of my Bookie Trials TBR I have made a list of the top 5 books outside of my usual comfort zone that I am interested in reading.

Almost Adults
Ali Pantony

I actually have an ARC of this that I need to get to sooner rather than later! This is listed as “Woman’s fiction” (I really hate that classification but I am not getting into that now), it appears to be a contemporary romance within the NA range. More NA novels covering just life for 20/30–somethings are deprived needed and the blurb for this one just appealed so much.

The Flat Share
Beth O’Leary

Another contemporary romance with such a quirky sounding premise that I am really intrigued by. This just seems like such a fun and unique tale that I am really interested in it even if contemporary really isn’t my thing.

Red, White and Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston

This is everywhere in the book community and everyone is raving about it. It’s just a straight up romance and I am not a huge romance reader, I just don’t like it to be the main goal of my plot line. I also am unsure I will be able to get over the prince harry (who’s real name is Henry – which happens to be the name of the prince in this book and the cover art looks a bit like harry) comparison while reading it. If i get around to reading this. I think this is on the list due to a bit of overhype and I am scared, but still intrigued.

The Lady from the Black Lagoon
Mallory O’Meara

As an avid listener to the podcast Reading Glasses, which Mallory O’Meara is a presenter, I have been following this book for some time. It’s a very intereting sounding piece of non-fiction that centres around the world or creature creation and special effects of early Hollywood and it just sounds fascinating. With the added bonus of supporting a bookish blogger/content creator.

Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly

I have never been a huge fan of historical fiction, especially fictionalised accounts of real stories. However, this just seems like such and important piece of hidden history that it has to be on my TBR at some point.

Any manga

I don’t actually know if this is outside my comfort zone as I have never actually read any. I am not a huge fan of Anime so I have never ventured to pick up any Manga. Any recommendations would be vastly welcome.


So those are the top 5 Books and a whole genre that I am interested in attempting. Have you read any of these? Do you think I should take the plunge or leave them out of my TBRs? Which one should I choose for the Bookie trials? (Using it for the Glimmer prompt)

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