This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight… whatever? What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?
And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?
I really enjoy reading unusual books. I vastly prefer reading something bizarre and different over a same-old same-old cliche novel that I feel like I’ve read a billion times before.
Some books that were “ground-breaking” for me when I first read them were:
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi — My first graphic novel… I’ve read a handful more since then
- Blindness by Jose Saramago — completely different writing style than I was used to.. total stream of consciousness… but I loved it and he is now one of my favorite authors.
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino — again, very different than anything I had ever read at the time. It totally turns fiction on its ear. Calvino is now another one of my favorite authors.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami — another tale of how I developed a new favorite author! I’ve read several more of his books since then and have his book Kafka on the Shore coming up very soon on my to read list. I’m really looking forward to it.
Many of the “unusual” books I read fall into a genre that some call slipstream. This has led me to seek out other books that fit into this genre, and for the most part I have been pleased with the books that I have discovered.
What about you?