Monday, February 20, 2012

Outside The Comfort Zone

So this past week, I started reading a book I never thought I would like. I'm more of an historical romance or cozy mystery kinda gal. But I started reading A Game Of Thrones, a medieval fantasy of war and intrigue and betrayal. There are usurpers, giant wolves, jousting, castles, spies, direwolves, The Others, and a cast of thousands.

I'm so drawn into this story, I can't stop thinking about it. And the cool thing is, there are many more stories in the series.

So, have you ever picked up something out of your ordinary patter of reading and been captivated?

11 comments:

  1. Yup, that happened to me when my friend, Red, introduced me to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I'm not much of a romance reader, but this one was so much more. Looks like I'll try A Game of Thrones as that is right up my main street.

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  2. You make me want to read it, and that's not normally my flavor either!

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  3. I read nonfiction a good deal, but recently I read an account of two boys with the same name who grew up living vastly different lives. One a scholar and on in jail. It captivated me. The Other Wes Moore.
    ~ Wendy

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  4. I did that when I picked up a Western romance...ahem...;)

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  5. I recently read Gayle Roper's 'Shadows on the Sand' and was pleasantly surprised. It was my first time reading a Christian Suspense/Romance Fiction novel, as I do not usually like to read strictly romance or suspense/mystery titles, but it was really good after all.

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  6. It sounds like a great series! The first time that happened to me was when a friend introduced me to the Harry Potter series. Book 3 had already come out and they hadn't even made the first movie yet. I was captivated by the whole world J.K. Rowling created. Amazing!

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  7. Yes, I have: F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Baptism by Fire by M.C. Pearson---and I LOVED IT!!!

    It's great to read outside the comfort zones. You never know that you love a diff genre until you do!

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  8. I gravitate to historical romance, but on occasion I'll read a contemporary. On even rarer occasion, I'll pick up a work of women's fiction.

    I recently won an ARC of a contemporary romance with women's fiction elements. I know the writer and hoped I'd like the book, even though it's not my usual read. I didn't just like the story. I loved it and highly recommend Katie Ganshert's debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, which is coming out in May. Katie's story moved me deeply, and I know readers will love it. I'm sure you'll second that, Erica.

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  9. Oh, Erica, this is now a series on HBO or Showtime or one of them, so you can rent it too!! (Way too excited, aren't I?)

    I haven't read it, but I know I'd like it. My reading tastes enjoy a wide range. :)

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  10. I finished reading Game of Thrones and am now onto the second novel in the series. I love the myriad characters in Martin's books. He pays such great attention to detail, setting, and motivation. I'm hooked, too!

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  11. I found a medical thriller in an apartment we moved into years ago. I wouldn't have ever chosen that book, but it turned out to be excellent.

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