Reading on the edge

This is not a post about banned books week.  Although I do find the idea of banning books to be pretty abhorrent.  No, it’s about reading on the edge of your comfort or interest zone and the surprises that can be found there.

I recently finished The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.  I picked it up because of a favorable staff review at my local bookstore.  I don’t normally buy books this way.  Usually if I’m not sure about an author I’ll go to the library first.  Anyway, it turned out to be more of a fantasy meets gothic fairytale than I expected.  (I don’t read adult fantasy books, though occasionally I dabble in the realm of fantasy YA.)   I don’t know if I can say I liked it, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  It was certainly engaging and fun to read something so different from what I normally enjoy.

Read anything lately that took you out of your comfort zone?  Was it something you’d recommend?