1. The Shack by William P. Young - the first religious book that I read that isn't the Bible. There were times I just wanted to stop reading it, but I was determined to review it, so I persevered. In hindsight, I should have just stopped reading.
2. Sex Life by Pamela Stephenson-Connolly - I'm not a prude, but I must say I walked out of work with this book with my ears burning, and they continually burned while I was reading it. Didn't finish it, as I wasn't interested in reading about people past 50 getting it on.
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - we weren't required to read the usual set of classics at school, so this was the first classic I read and it was for a book club. Since I wasn't used to the old English, I found it a struggle, but perversely enjoyed the tragic story in the end.
4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - the topic of paedophilia makes my blood boil, so I don't know what the hell I was thinking when I picked up this book.
5. 1st To Die by James Patterson - this is the first crime book I've read, it was suggested to me by a good friend from college. I was uncomfortable with the descriptions of the crime scenes, but I enjoyed the book.
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - another one of those books that I don't know why I picked up when I was 14. Everyone was either named Jose Arcadio or Aureliano. I finished the book, more or less confused about what it was I had just read.
7. City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams - the first science fiction novel I read. It took forever to get anywhere with its 780 pages in teeny tiny print. I think I only started enjoying it once there was a quarter of the book left. Needless to say, I haven't picked up any of the other books in the series.
8. Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal - not the first Philippine novel I read for school, but it's the one that sticks out the most because of how tragic it is. I honestly don't know how I managed to barely pass all of my Filipino classes in school.
9. Dracula by Bram Stoker - the first proper horror novel I read at 12. I think the thought of reading a scary grown-up book scared me more than the actual story itself.
10.The Savvy Girl's Money Book by Emily Chantiri - money isn't a topic I feel comfortable discussing, so when I found this book I was pretty happy. It talks about money matters in a straight forward manner, but doesn't dumb it down.
What books have you read that were out of your comfort zone?
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