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, first of all, my comfort zone is pretty broad. I’m not really a one-genre reader. I both to escape and to learn, so fiction, non-fiction, whatever. I like to read things that are difficult to deal with as well as (occasionally) books that are light and fluffy. Although I don’t particularly like horror or thrillers, I’ll read Steven King or the occasionally mystery/thriller if it is around and I want a change of pace.
There are a couple of genres that I don’t usually read, though, even if they ARE around. I don’t really read fantasy except that which is in the children or young adult’s section, I really don’t read science fiction, and I won’t read romance novels. Sure, occasionally there is historical fiction that is a little on the side of romance or fantasy, but I still stay away from science fiction. That is, until I requested an advance reader’s copy of John Scalzi’s latest book, “Zoe’s Tale.” Let’s be honest. I had no clue that “Zoe’s Tale” was science fiction when I requested it, I just heard a bunch of people say, “oooh! John Scalzi!” and went for it. Then, later, I found out the genre and did NOT want to read it. However, I have a strong sense of duty and responsibility, so I HAD to read the book, since the publisher sent it to me.
Let us just say that I was pleasantly surprised. So pleasantly surprised, in fact, that I picked “Zoe’s Tale” as one of my favorite books in the month of August. You can read my review here. I have even put some of Scalzi’s other books on my BookMooch wishlist.
I doubt I’m going to become a sci-fi fanatic, but perhaps I’ll read a few more…
What about you?