A Month of Faves 2016: Books Outside My Comfort Zone

December 19, 2016

So, I was overthinking today’s prompt for A Month of Faves as I am wont to do, but decided to just talk about what it asks for: surprise finds this year. since I read across genres but also didn’t really read anything outside of my preferred genres/types of stories this year, these are less books outside my comfort zone and more books I expected exactly nothing from, so was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed them.

A Month of Faves

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to LeadHillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hillary Clinton is a badass. Whether you like her politics or not, some facts cannot be denied. Also, this is a great, age-appropriate primer to class, race, and other justice issues.

The illustrations in this book are FANTASTIC. They are gorgeous and so well-detailed and amazing. Really, they made this book. I need to seek out more of Pham’s work because I also enjoyed her art in Grace for President.


Alex + Ada, Vol. 1Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful artwork and it was actually kind of sweet. Aw.

Alex’s grandmother is the best, naturally.


The Storied Life of A. J. FikryThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started this book, I didn’t think I would like it, but I very quickly changed my mind. This was really sweet (but not twee) and very engaging. Great characters.



The CrossoverThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was both exactly what I expected and not at all what I expected, so that was impressive.

Listened to the audio. Narration was excellent & it’s a fast listen. Two thumbs up for that as well.


Now That I KnowNow That I Know by Norma Klein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel the same way about this book that I did about Tiger Eyes. Super authentic and relatable, and I wish more current YA were written this way.



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  1. Tanya Patrice

    At first when I thought of this topic – I didn’t think I read outside my comfort zone at all like you. But after reading through my booklist on Goodreads, came up with a few too.

  2. Elisabeth Ellington

    I need to look for Alex + Ada. Loved the PB bio of Hilary Clinton–that book made me love her even more. So glad to hear that the Norma Klein holds up. I’ve been thinking about revisiting some old YA in 2017, and that’s where I will start.

  3. aartichapati

    I’ve got The Crossover on my list of books to read! I am glad to know it is good on audio, too 🙂


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