Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday Meme

That’s right! I haven’t done this in weeks but today’s topic lured me back.

Courtesy of 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?

It has been ten months since I’ve started Readers Anonymous. In those ten months, we have only read two books that I would have picked out myself (one of which I ended up only liking it a little). The other eight books were all out of my normal comfort zone. So, what was the most unusual? I would say A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Not because the story was odd but because I have NEVER read anything like this before. It was a nonfiction travel book I guess you’d call it. Very funny and it is probably my favorite of the ten books we have read so far. I would definitely read more books by Bryson and I would recommend his books to others, but I’m not sure if I’d pick up a book of this type by another author. It’s just not something I read on my own. I don’t even wander down that section at the Barnes and Noble.


  1. That IS unique: a nonfiction travel book with humor! Happy BTT!

  2. There's really no one else around, writing like Bill Bryson - he's truly one of a kind.

  3. Smilingsal~~Thanks for the comment and stopping by. It was a unique book that I am happy that I read.

    jlshall~~Thanks for the comment. Bryson is great. I can't wait until I have time to read more of his books.

  4. I have never read any of the traveling writing book either. I keep hearing about Bill Bryson though.

  5. This book does sound interesting - I might have to give it a try!

  6. I've never read a travel nonfiction book before. My BTT is up.

  7. Shannon~~I had never heard of Bryson before the book was nominated for my group. He's a good writer though.

    s.krishna~~Do! I don't think you'll regret it.

    Callista~~Bryson would be a good place to start in the genre, imo.

    Thanks to all for stopping by and commenting


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