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Favorite Books from the fringes: Top Ten Tuesdays

Happy Tuesday, reader friends! I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl again for Top Ten Tuesday & the topic this week is: “Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone.” I enjoyed these stories so much that many of them are actually among my all-time favorites. Here’s my standing ovation for ten authors who crafted some of my favorite books from the fringes!

favorite books from the fringes of my comfort zone

Morgan L. Busse

Fantasy is not my thing, y’all! Okay, yes, I have a mild to moderate Avengers movie fetish but when it comes to books and fantasy, I don’t go there. Or at least I didn’t until Morgan L. Busse… now I’m hooked to her books at the least.


Katie Ganshert

Katie Ganshert Life After by Katie Ganshert No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

When it comes to cover love, I’m drawn to people and nature and honestly most days, I’ll choose a happily ever after over an all the feels type of story. Katie Ganshert delivers thought-provoking and emotionally stirring stories that are worth every moment of reader angst.


Lindsay Harrel

Lindsay Harrel The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

I am not a fan of women’s fiction. Too touchy-feely, too much “let’s work out all our relationships and friendships,” too much drama, too emotionally exhausting… but Lindsay Harrel infuses just the right balance of romance in her stories! Plus her latest release has an irresistible historical timeline!


Ronie Kendig


Hooah! Tactical gear and secret ops are enticing additions to a romantic hero, there’s no doubt about that! Take the romance out of the spotlight and add unexplainable supernatural elements…. and that’s a hard sell for me. However, I’m a Ronie Kendig fan through and through because she is that good at what she does and I really really like it!


Joanna Davidson Politano

Joanna Davidson Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Mysteries fill me with an inescapable feeling of foreboding, it’s not a sensation I particularly enjoy. Joanna Davidson Politano’s intoxicating wordsmithery is enchanting and her quality prose completely distracts me from my usual aversions.


Cara Putman

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Cara Putman’s intense romantic suspense sits on the edge of my suspense tolerance level. I just can’t take this high octane action, y’all! But I also can’t resist a well-crafted story so bring it on… I’ll sleep with the lights on if I have to!


Natalie Walters

I’m not sure how I was brave enough to even attempt to read this book (in fact, I may have committed before I saw the cover). I did read it and yes, it kept me on the edge of my seat and up until the wee hours of the night but boy, what a ride and I want some more!


Catherine West

Catherine West The Things We Knew by Catherine West The Memory of You by Catherine West

Drama, emotion, and the gritty truths of life are inescapable and Catherine West writes raw yet poignant stories that rock my reader heart to the core. I am currently on a crying book break during this season of life but once things settle back down, I plan to dive in once again!


Abigail Wilson

The word “shadow” in the title of this book was a red flag for me but it was highly recommended by a trusted friend and her recommendation was right on! I really enjoyed this book despite my strong gothic vibe aversion!


Jaime Jo Wright

Jaime Jo Wright The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

These beauties took some serious self-talk before I was able to move past the gloomy, creepy covers. Now that I’ve had sufficient time to recover, I purchased Jaime Jo Wright’s third novel in a recent book haul!


Share some of your favorite books from the fringes of your comfort zone, reader friends!
I’ve become a much braver reader over the last couple of years, maybe it’s time to pick up a Colleen Coble romantic suspense novel!

4 thoughts on “Favorite Books from the fringes: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Oh, “gloomy creepy house” is an INSTANT attraction to me. House on Foster Hill looks incredible, thanks for bringing it to my attention.


  2. How have you never read Colleen Coble?! Although, now I get it, LOL, I forgot these are titles OUTSIDE of your comfort zone. Are they still or do you now pick up more books like these? I have not read Abigail Wilson, Ronie Kendig (yet), Catherine West, Joanna Davidson Politano (yet), Lindsay Harrel or Morgan Busse…


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