Tuesday, November 8, 2011

8 books that took me ....Out of the Comfort Zone*

I don't have many types of books that I would shy away from so I looked up a definition for this one. The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, usually without a sense of risk. So these are som stories that caused me some sort of anxiety.

Depressing/Distressing/Disturbing Tales -- These are tales that caused me to stop reading multiple times because of the images envoked.

Cut: The first book I read about addiction. It was a eye-opening, and at times painful, read. I felt everything Callie went through. Patricia McCormick did a wonderful job with this story.

White Oleander: One of my favorites but the journey through her many foster homes is not one that can be handled in one sitting. I actually stopped and read something else in the middle of this one.

Haunted: Again, this book makes me not want to be around people because of the depravitities shared in these pages.

Age of Consent: This story is creepy. It's a haunted house story, but it is not an rip-off of Amityville Horrors or The Poltrigist, it is it's own story and it is not for the faint of heart or the easily disturbed mind.

Classics: They are scary by proxy, these ancient and beloved tomes. Often they are surprisingly brilliant and take on thoughts society would frown upon. These life commentaries really hit hard.

The Jungle: Tales describing the goriest descriptions of the meat-packing industry and the realities as life as an immigrant in turn-of-the-century Chicago.

A Clockwork Orange: Vicious passtimes, insane made up slang, and unbelievable "therapy".

Out of my public comfort zone: Erotic Novels. I am a grown woman and I like to encourage women to be open about their sexuality. THOUGH I often still cower before saying in public that I am a sexual being and I'm proud of it. Because of societies archaic views of women I often fear being shunned.  Anyway here I am being honest: My name is Epiphany and I read sexy books.

Story of O: The first I dared to buy. A classic in erotic literature. It was well written but not my cup of tea being a very master-slave senerio, but pretty good.

Best Women's Erotica 2009: However this, and everything Violet Blue is involved in, is a wonderful tribute to what it is to be a proud, open, sensual woman.

*TBTB Top Ten Tuesday


  1. Some Good Titles here :)
    Im a new follower

  2. I'm such a chicken that I rarely venture outside my comfort zone. I was even nervous to read Room!

    Here's my list of times I ventured out. I hope you will stop by and sign up for my November Giveaway, too. It's a $25 Amazon gift card!

  3. Haunted! I could barely get through that one. Like the part with the swimming pool. Ugh. Gross. And the person who wanted to be Holocaust thin. Yuck.I can't believe I didn't even think of that one for my list.


    I did like the White Oleander movie and want to read the book though.

  4. I could never watch Clockwork Orange, but I'd like to read the book to see what it's all about.

  5. A Clockwork Orange drove me nuts and the movie made me cringe, but I'm a fan of his other books! I want to pick up White Oleander. I saw the movie and didn't even know it was a book until recently :0)

  6. I completely forgot about Story of O when I did my list, probably because erotica isn't outside my comfort zone - but that book, god, it's enough to put you off sex forever! It taught me a lesson about erotica though: erotica isn't sexy! Or sensual. It's all about about the mind. I'd say all of the erotica I've read is like that, whereas erotic romance is more designed to turn you on ;) That and they have happy endings!

    Here's my list.