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?
Wow, this a great question! I feel like I always answer these, and then read everyone else's answer and wish I had said something completely different. Maybe I should read other people's answers first! But oh well.
I would say the book I read that was the furthest from my normal reading genre would probably be the Twilight series. Yes, I do read YA books, but I don't read too much fantasy and that was probably my first book about vampires. I read Twilight honestly because the cover was so gorgeous. I'd heard something about it here and there, and that people liked it, but I didn't really know what it was about. It was one of those things where I was at the library and needed a few books to read, and it was on the "Popular Recent Titles" shelf. Since the name rang a bell and I was in a hurry, I picked it up without reading the jacket flap. Once I got home and I did read it, I was extremely skeptical, but decided to give it a try. And I thoroughly enjoyed it! (That being said, it's by FAR the best of the series).
I wouldn't say it's kicked off a new obsession, but Twilight definitely taught me to stray outside my comfort zone every once in awhile.
By the way, did anyone else have a difficult time answering this question? Maybe my brain is just dead this morning, but I was having trouble thinking through all the books I've read!