Reading Recs Outside Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever felt like you’ve read the same story in a different book?

Maybe it’s time to switch up your go-to reading genre.

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article on reading ruts today — with suggestions on how to spice up your reading routine. I found this particular line intriguing:

Recommendations shouldn’t just come from online communities or best-of lists. Friends and family whose taste you trust can help push you into unexpected corners of the book world.

I suppose I could be considered an online community, but I’d rather think of myself as a reading buddy. This blog was founded on the notion of friendship — sharing what I thought about a book with friends in the most efficient manner possible.

So, are you looking for something just a little bit different?

I know I can get stuck in a contemporary literature zone, and I know life’s too short to spend time with a book you don’t enjoy. But I’ve also experienced the very best feeling of an amazing read I would not otherwise have checked out if not for some prodding. So, with that in mind, here are a few suggestions in a variety of themes and genres if you’re feeling like taking a risk:

Autism stories:

A Boy Made of Blocks

The Reason I Jump

It’s. Nice. Outside.

Gay themes:

The Art of Fielding

A Little Life

I’ll Give You the Sun

In One Person

Diverse Authors:

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Running the Rift

Claire of the Sea Light

Bad Feminist

The Book of Unknown Americans

Gossipy memoir:

Love Life

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins

Political nonfiction:

Fire and Fury


World War II:

All the Light We Cannot See

The Light in the Ruins

Life After Life

Maybe Scary:

Help for the Haunted

Mr. Mercedes


Looking for your next read? Make it something you wouldn’t normally pick up. Then tell me about it — I’m always looking for suggestions!

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Like good fiction? Try these last few reads of mine:

The Immortalists

A Gentleman in Moscow

No Time to Blink

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