Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don't like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.
The genre I picked up and ended up loving kind of defies description. It was a dark, classical, ivory-trade era piece about adventure on the high seas, slavery, and the philosophy of good verses evil. Any guesses anyone? That's all right. I'll tell you!
Okay, those of you who follow my blog already have probably heard me rave about Joseph Conrad before. I read Heart of Darkness at least once a year and try to get around to his other works from time to time as well. I won't pretend he's not a difficult read--kind of has to be waded through, to be honest, but in my opinion, he's SO under-read.
Of course, I didn't always harbor this opinion. When I was first made to read (yes, MADE to read) Heart of Darkness my senior year of high school, I HATED it! I think it had a lot to do with how the teacher presented it, and I won't bore you with the details. Suffice it to say that when I started, and though most of the reading process, I loathed both book and author. By the end, I was in love with this story and both book and author remain at the top of my "best" list even today.
How about you? :D