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?When left to my own devices, I'm a pretty committed reader of literary fiction. The most unusual-for-me book I've read is probably Frenemies, by Megan Crane. (I even reviewed it here.)
I have absolutely no interest in chick lit and actively avoid any book with shopping bags or shoes on the cover. But I liked Frenemies. I picked up the galley at a library conference, and while it wasn't a classic it was okay. Good character development, engaging plot. I would read more of Crane's books but I probably wouldn't trouble myself with much else in the genre.