As much as I like my comfort zone, though, I do enjoy a regular shake-up. So much so, that I've been shoving my BK and BB books to the bottom of my TBR pile so I can broaden my horizons by reading the likes of . . .
1. Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood and Blind Willow Sleeping Woman. He's quirky! I love his writing and will look for more of his books.
2. Fyodor Dostoyevski - Crime and Punishment. Who knew I would ever willingly read and actually enjoy such a tome? I have The Idiot waiting on my TBR shelf for when I'm feeling up to the work load again. Bring it on.
3. Cormac McCarthy - The Road. Dystopian? No thanks. But this one is different! I don't remember what it was that drew me to it in the first place, but I picked it up and started reading and then could. not. put. it. down.
4. George Orwell - Animal Farm. Not only is this sort of dystopian, it's also a fantasy/fable, genres of which I am not a big fan. But holy crap! It's so creepy in its parsing of some forms of government that are still alive and well today. North Korea, I'm looking at you.
5. Jacqueline Deval - Reckless Appetites, A Culinary Romance. The word 'romance' is usually enough to turn me off but something about the word 'culinary' had me curious. So I read it on a whim and it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year. It was quirky and fun and really not all that romantic.
6. Annabel Lyon - The Golden Mean. Normally I love historical fiction but this one seemed just a little too ancient in its historicalness. Alexander the Great? Aristotle? Ancient Greece? It all sounds exciting now that I've read the book, but when I first picked it up, I *dared* it to draw me in - and that's exactly what it did! Huh, go figure. I actually ended up really loving this book.
8. Patrick Suskind - Perfume. This was one of the weirdest books I've ever read. I can't say I loved it but it certainly left an impression.
9. Justin Cronin - The Passage. Again, dystopian. But this time I wasn't impressed.
Comfort zone. What is that, anyway? The more I tromp around outside it the wider it gets.
A Top-Ten meme from The Broke and The Bookish