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?

Honestly, I think a book I’m currently reading, Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland, is probably the oddest book I’ve ever read, at least for me. I generally read literary fiction, historical fiction, classics, or young adult novels (with a random mystery or chick lit thrown in every now and then for good measure). Occasionally, I’ll mix an actual history text in. But this book doesn’t fit any of those genres. It’s a paranormal crime thriller (apparently urban fantasy is the preferred genre) I got through LT’s early reviewer program, and it’s really not my thing. St. Martin’s Press gave LT 1000 copies of the book, and apparently I was a better match than 1205 of the 2205 that requested it because I own *one* Laurell K. Hamilton book (currently unread, in case anyone is wondering).

I don’t generally mind books outside my usual comfort zone if they’re well-written, but I’m really not feeling this one.

Not sure if this adequately answers the prompt, but my instinctive response to this book is “meh.” Plus, it’s been a very long day already, and I still have three more hours of work ahead of me. So it’ll have to do.

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