Book Bingo: Out of Your Comfort Zone

comfort zone2.jpgJoin The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

Finding a book that is “Out of Your Comfort Zone” might not be the most… comfortable of books to choose; but, let me toss out a few recommendations. We might be able to find something fun or a different viewpoint than you typically read about.

I found that a book out of my comfort zone would be a political book. There are, of course, many types of political books out there but why not try one that is different than your political leanings. Try to see things from a different point of view. Two recommendations on this genre are What’s the Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank, which is a critique of conservatism, or True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy which takes a look at Senator Kennedy’s political career.

The same can be done with religious books. The First Muslim by Lesley Hazleton takes an in-depth look into Muhammed’s Life and gives a good view of him as a human. Another option could be Jewish Literacy by Joseph Telushkin which is a great introductory view into Judaism.

To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North could be considered a fun or annoying book. The reason you probably are not comfortable with this book is because it is a choose your own adventure based on Hamlet. How often do you get to choose your own adventure no matter what the topic?

Maybe short stories or travel tales are an unusual read for you. Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana from the series Traveler’s Tales would be an option in this case. This collection is by multiple travelers telling about some pretty awkward situations they have ended up in.

If you don’t typically read children’s novels, here are a couple to try. Guardian of the Gold Breathers by Elise Stephens is a very entertaining book based in Ireland and about dragons! If fantasy isn’t your thing try Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It is a fictional story taking place a few years after slaves are freed and you get to follow our main character, Sugar, as she tells about her free life on the sugar plantation.

If you have a preference for nonfiction or science fiction, then a literary novel may be a good suggestion for you. The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro is a very consuming novel. I was immediately wrapped up in the story of an artist who gets involved in making a forgery of a lost Degas oil painting. It is based on a few historical facts and is an amazing tale.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for books that might be uncomfortable for you to read. There are so many genres out there that I am sure you will be able to fine one easily. Feel free to think creatively about something to read and I hoped this helps you figure out a book for this square!

~posted by Meranda

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