Thursday, September 25, 2008

Booking Through Thursday!

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?

I flipped through my handy reading list.. I've had it since about 5th grade so that should cover most everything unusual I've read. I settled on Kissing in Manhattan. 

I think at the time, a few years ago I found the collection of short stories, Kissing in Manhattan pretty unusual. Click that link to read the amazon info, I'd write a review but I haven't read this book in a few years. 

I think this book was the beginning of my love of short stories. It weaves together a series of stories that somehow are related. There are definitely creepy aspects to some of the stories but I just loved it. 

It was sort of a new door opening, I loved this book so much. I can't even remember where or why I picked it up to read it. But I'm very glad I did. 

I guess I don't usually read too much outside of my comfort zone, I usually can tell from a synopsis if I'm going to enjoy something or not. 

If anyone is interesting... me and I think two other people have copies available on bookmooch. I picked up an extra copy at a book sale a few months ago, I just couldn't bare to let it sit there! I feel like this book is a hidden gem, or maybe it's just me! 

What book have you read that launched a love for a new genre of books or was the last straw before you banished the genre from your life?


  1. I didn't even consider short stories, but Flannery O'Conners collection are terrific and would qualify as a bit weird. Come see my post.

  2. I'd have to say Under The Skin by Michel Faber. I picked it up at the library and knew nothing about it. It starts off with a woman picking up hitchhikers. And gets weirder from there. But it was amazing and I always recommend it to people who I know like offbeat books.

  3. Anonymous10:44 AM

    I read a lot of short stories. Come check my blog! Click on my name!

    Booking through different

  4. smilingsal- I love short stories!

    Lenore- Hmm that does sound interesting!

    gautami tripathy- I'll definitely be back to your blog, I love anything related to short stories!


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