Grey Tags // Romance Realist, Judgmental Judy & Fatphobia Errywhere – Out of My Comfort Zone Tag

I don’t even know where to start!

I was tagged in this book tag, created by Emma @ EmmmaBooks, by Avery @ Red Rocket Panda. So thank you Avery for forcing me out of my comfort zone because I love you and hate you for it.

This tag has but one rule! You must pick one genre you frequently talk about in tags and DON’T use it for any of your answers.

I think my pick will be fantasy as I do use that a lot but God, it’s gonna be so hard!

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The Questions

1. A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like.

to all the boys ive loved beforeTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before│To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1│Jenny Han│

I am not really a romantic person.

I was as a teen, big time! But Teen Grey was young and hopeful and an optimist. And then life got to her and she stopped believing in love at all. She stopped reading romance books, she stopped watching rom-coms and her go to relationship advice became “dump him”. To be fair a lot of the times she was right and was trying to help someone get out of an abusive relationship.

Flash forward to last year when we got rom-coms like Set it Up, Dumplin’, and you guessed it, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Unromantic, cynical Grey was no more!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no that’s not true at all but I do like a ,good rom-com now. They’re still very hard to find but I won’t completely ignore a book just because the word romance is attached to it.

To dip my toes back into the romantic waters, I picked up the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before book at the end of last year and I fell so hard for the characters all over again and I now have the last two books in the series sitting on my bookshelf.

To be fair, it had a head start with the fake relationship trope, because no matter the genre, I love fake relationships that turn into real ones.

The tension? The will they, won’t they? The kisses to make it look like they are actually dating that turn into real kisses? That shit is better than cocaine!

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2. A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.

black irisBlack Iris│Leah Raeder/Elliot Wake│

I wouldn’t touch new adult with a ten foot pole a few years ago.

New adult tends to be filled with a lot of things I hate, like abusive men and women who just want to be saved…or so I thought.

Then I picked up Black Iris and nobody is gonna save Laney but her damn self.

It’s dark and twisty and sexy and horrifying and I loved every fucking minute of it.

Thanks to this book I no longer completely write off new adult. I mean I’m still wary but I’m not going to avoid a book as soon as I see that it’s new adult.

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appetite3. A book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.

AppetiteAnita Cassidy│Review

When I requested this I thought it would be a great discussion on the similarities in humans’ relationships with food and sex.

Unfortunately what I did read of it had a lot of fat shaming dialogue and I get the author is trying to show just how cruel people can be when it comes to weight, but as a fat person myself, I just couldn’t get through it.

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4. Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of your norm that they convinced you to give a try?

the broken girlsThe Broken Girls│Simone St. JamesElise’s ReviewMy Review

I am always very wary of adult mysteries and crime novels.

The reasoning is pretty similar to new adult, actually, in that they both have a lot of tropes I don’t like. The tropes are just a little different.

With adult mysteries there’s a lot of the same elements just lazily changed around. Kind of like the projects in my class where a lot of people’s versions were just slightly different from mine because I was a people-pleaser and let people copy from me all the time. It’s not my fault that the teachers clearly didn’t read the projects properly. Adult mystery can sometimes be like that.

And I know there’s mysteries out there that I will enjoy it’s just that I have to be in the mood for them and I tend to forget to check the mystery section at the library as I’m a creature of habit and I go straight to YA. So when I do pick up a mystery or crime book, it’s usually a YA one.

But I stumbled upon Elise @ The Bookish Actress’s review for The Broken Girls review on Goodreads and I thought why not? I had just read some YA thrillers based off her reviews so surely she couldn’t do me wrong and it was a great gamble that paid off because I really enjoyed it.

It was the perfect balance of logical mystery and creepy ghost story!

Plus it did have chapters from the perspectives of teens so I think that help. There’s always a high risk I won’t be able to relate to characters in adult fiction as many of them have kids and are married and that’s not a life I plan on ever having so The Broken Girls was the perfect crossover book.

And honestly a lot of the books I read are ones I’ve seen Elise enjoy and I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed!

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5. A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.

the good daughter.jpgThe Good Daughter│The Good Daughter #1│Karin Slaughter│Krystin’s Review

One of the first blogging friends I made was Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking Twist. I saw that she was a fellow Murderino (people who listen to the My Favorite Murder podcast/are far too interested in true crime) on Goodreads and we had a little chat.

If you check out Krystin’s blog you’ll see that she mostly reads a lot of crime fiction and boy or boy has she swayed me to add far too many books to my TBR. Like I’ve said, I’m very wary of crime fiction just because it can get very repetitive but I do trust Krystin’s judgement… even if I’m still yet to pick up a book I added on my TBR because of her.

But I swear I’ll get to it eventually! This year I definitely want to read one of the books she’s rated highly and I think my first pick will be The Good Daughter, since Krystin rated it 5 stars, and it’s highly rated by many other of my Goodreads friends!

I already have a library book allocated for April so I might pick this one up in May or maybe I could give the audiobook a go in April instead????

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bloody mary.jpg6. A book or genre so out of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it a(nother) chance.

Bloody Mary│Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels #2│JA Konrath│

I read the first book for this when I saw it on Kindle for free and thought I’d give it a go and it’s basically just everything I hated about the genre in one book.

Your fatphobia is boring. Why are you so boring?

This is one of those books that taught me to probably save my time and skip the free books on Kindle.

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I tag;

  1. Jillian @ The Bookish Butterfly
  2. Aurora @ Aurora Librialis
  3. Madeline @ Caffeine & Writing Dreams
  4. Sophie @ Beware of The Reader
  5. Crystal @ Paper Royalty

Past Awards

☁️ Tag // The Liebster Award

☁️ Tag // The Blogger Recognition Award

☁️ Tag // The Versatile Blogger Award


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Oh boy do I hate being out of my comfort zone!

Are any of these books out of your comfort zone?
Are there any books out of my comfort zine that you think I should give a chance?

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