When you get out of your comfort zone...
I don't know about you, but I've dug myself some luxurious reading ruts. And I have a hard time getting out of them. Do you?
A friend recently told me that she reads everything. Everything as long as it's fiction, that is! I politely (I think) said that fiction must be her comfort zone. But she doesn't think so, because, as she says, fiction is infinitely variable. Well, I couldn't argue that she's wrong, so I just bit my tongue and refrained from saying nonfiction is even more variable.
This friend had noticed that I don't read much of anything that she finds interesting, and vice versa. We're both great readers, just readers of different things, and unfortunately we can't really 'talk books' together very much. To remedy this, she agreed to read something that I say I love, even if it's nonfiction, and I'm going to read a contemporary -- NOT historical, NOT a mystery -- novel that she recommends. We haven't made our picks yet, but this ought to be quite an exercise. I'll let you know how it goes.
What I would like to know from you all is what books have greatly pleased or maybe just surprised you that are entirely out of your comfort zone, something you would never have read if someone hadn't prodded you?