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?
Well, the weirdest book I’ve read recently was Erotomania by Francis Levy. It was completely unlike anything else I’d ever read, in an “intriguing but I’m not sure if I want to read any more of this” kind of way. It definitely stretched my boundaries and made me think, but I didn’t go out to find anything else by the author or in a similar style. Like I said, I don’t think I want more, and I’m not sure if there is anything else quite like it out there. I’ve certainly never encountered it.
I can’t really get introduced into new genres as I read almost all of them. The only ones I don’t particularly like are horror and science fiction, but I love Stephen King and have even found some science fiction to enjoy, like Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, so I am very willing to go through my boundaries in search of a good book.