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 was, I believe, the summer after my Sophomore year and I really wanted to read Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. I’d been hearing a lot about it because Panic! at the Disco wrote a song based on it (Time to Dance) and a friend of mine (from Panic’s book club) was a HUGE Chuck fan already and she kind of helped talk me into reading it….I wanted too, like I said, but it sounded a bit graphic and I just wasn’t sure…
I’m glad now that I did. It really was a great book, and highly different from other novels I’d read up to that point. After reading Invisible Monsters, I read a few more Chuck books such as Fight Club, Rant, and Survivor (with Survivor being my favorite thus far). I would say the only obsession it started was to read more books by Chuck and it can definitely be a rather gruesome, crazy novel at a lot of parts…but again, I did enjoy reading it and I’m glad I gave it a chance. It has a lot of brilliant quotes as well.
Here are a couple that I found by looking through the internet:
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.”
“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?”
*Let it be noted, this is a mature adult novel and not suitable for everyone*