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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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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?
The most unusual book I ever read was probably Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. That book is just plain weird. I read because it was recommended by John Green for the Nerdfighters Blurbing Book Club.
Outside my comfort zone had to be the book on Urban fiction I read. I was a little worried starting that I might not relate to it but that was a silly worry because ended up that I thought the book decent enough for a 3 stars. I have even considered reading more but I still think I like my young adult and fantasy books better ;-)
I have only had one book give me not exactly nightmares and not exactly a good dream either and that was a series of books called Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Don't ask me why but after I finished the last book I had a dream that I had a quest in a labyrinth with friends.


Smilingsal said...

I sure don't want to have nightmares about books I've read! I tell you, I'm a wimp, so I read NO scary stuff.

PS I like the lighter look of your blog. It's easier to read.

jlshall said...

Well, even tho' it wasn't exactly a good dream, at least you were questing with friends!

I liked Slaughterhouse 5 when I first read it years ago, but don't think I'd ever be tempted to read it again. Guess I've gotten too stuck in the old comfort zone.

Maree said...

I haven't read any of those, but I do find books sometimes give me strange dreams, so you're not alone there. :)

Callista said...

I need to read that book as part of my personal banned books challenge but I've been reluctant to start it because it looks so strange. My BTT is up.

Yvonne said...

I don't think I'd like it if a book gave me nightmares. This coming from someone who loves horror and thriller movies. LOL

Anonymous said...

I read Slaughterhouse five years ago and I like it.

Chris said...

No, I don't want nightmares either!

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I've never read Slaughterhouse 5 and doubt that I will. I did read one book with a terrible death scene and it invaded my dreams that night. I was less than halfway through the book and couldn't finish it.

Marie said...

I read a couple of urban fiction last year and was surprised as well by how much I enjoyed it. Which wasn't a lot mind you but more than I expected! :-)

Shana said...

Shannon, I loved the first book in the Percy Jackson series.

Haven't read the other yet, but I hope to one of these days.

I told my husband there was no way I'd ever go up in the St. Louis Arch again after reading that book!