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Booking Through Thursday: Odd

October 6, 2011

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks: What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?

I can think of a couple of odd reading choices I’ve made. On the face of it, a book about a televised death match in a dystopian world is about the last book anyone, including myself, could picture me reading. But I found The Hunger Games series fascinating and engrossing.

Sometimes, books I’ve been assigned to review take me to unusual reading places. I probably would have read the books for the Star-Ledger’s scary books roundups on my own. (Mmm, vampires and zombies!)And might have read one or two of the Christmas books, eventually. But, I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t have finished reading You Better Not Cry, by Augusten Burroughs, if it hadn’t been assigned. A one night stand with Santa. Pass the eggnog and the brain bleach.

As far as books that are completely and objectively odd, rather than potential reading mismatches for me, I blame the Beatles.

I spent my teenage years obsessed with all things Beatles. Never mind the fact that I was born almost a decade after their rooftop concert at 3 Saville Row. There were posters! There was intensive listening to every album I could get my hands on. My favorite Beatle was Paul. I even listened to Wings albums. And I read Beatles books.

The library in Mattituck, the small North Fork town where I spent summers, had one Beatles book to appease the appetites of an obsessed teenager. I was fourteen, maybe 15. And I read All You Need Is Love, a tell-all bio by some Beatles hanger-on.

Let me say this. I was an innocent. And I read about the Beatles antics at the Star Club in Hamburg. Whoa. Just: whoa. I’m not sure I finished the book. I’m pretty sure my parents had no idea the extent of the detail in it. Suffice it to say, I was looking for the happy, sunny Beatles of Help! and what I got was Beatles having harder days and nights, and drugs, than I had been ready to know.

And then of course, there was attempting to read John Lennon’s writing. I tried Skywriting by Word of Mouth. “A is for parrot, as you can plainly see.”

I tried to decode the writing, looking for the genius… but then shrugged, and was sad that he’d taken quite so many drugs.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2011 6:19 am

    I had a difficult time trying to think of an odd book I read, but finally thought of one, at least I thought it was odd.

  2. October 6, 2011 2:39 pm

    I haven’t read The Hunger Games.
    I never was a Beatles fan although I do like a few of their songs.
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