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?
This is a great question and I am having a hard time coming up with an answer! I read such a wide variety of things that I can't think of something outside of my comfort zone that I have read in a while. Maybe that means I need to branch out again!
The only thing I can think of is some Shakespeare that I read in high school and college. This wasn't something that I would have ever picked up on my own, but I did enjoy it. Having a rough understanding of the time period and language also made it easier when I saw Merchant of Venice. Like I said, I enjoyed it, but won't be reading Shakespeare for pleasure any time soon.
I guess I haven't read too much out of my comfort zone lately...I usually read current fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and memoirs. If any of you have a favorite book that is different from what I usually read, please leave me a note with it's title and I'll check it out.