Today's Topic: 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've ever read was The Lovely Bones by Alice Shebold. This book took me totally out of my comfort zone. The protagonist of the book, Susie Salmon, is narrating the story from heaven. At age fourteen she is molested and murdered and from then on out she follows the lives of her family as they grieve the loss of her and then through the years as they grow older and deal with life's many obstacles and changes. At the same time she is learning how to adjust to her heaven.
I did like the book and it certainly stretched my boundaries, as I had never before read about a molestation or a book from a dead person's perspective. The story was very moving and extremely sad, I closed the book with tears streaming down my face. I thought of The Lovely Bones for many days afterward and went back to reread it so that I could find some closure. It didn't kick off any new obsessions and while It touched me in a way that no other book ever has, I never want to read another book like it.