6 Blissfully Quirky Books That Are Just a Delight to Read
For the quirky in all of us!
These Quirky Books Are a Couple Hundred Pages of Pure, Unadulterated Joy
What is it about quirkiness that I enjoy so much? Maybe it's the pureness of it; to be quirky means you own your oddities and celebrate them even more.
I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books for over a year now, and I've devoured a lot of amazing stories filled with interesting and magnanimous characters. Passing the books on to friends, I give them a heads up from time to time, "this can be scary if you read it before bed" or "you'll never stop crying after chapter 14."
But more often than not, I am throwing books with a certain quirkiness to them at anyone who will listen. Be it the characters or the authors behind the words, there is something so enjoyable to me about reading quirky books. Sure, they are different and weird, but there is such hard and evident truth behind the bizarre that I find delightful.
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1. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate may have been deemed "quirky" long ago, but her delightfully weird first novel is exactly what you'd expect from the funny lady. Each chapter embodies Slate perfectly, from stories of her haunted childhood home to a one page description of what men endure when they go to the doctor. Oh, it's perfect and yes, quirky, but most importantly Little Weirds is pure delight.
2. Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin
Vacuum in the Dark definitely has its quirks. After all, the story revolves around Mona, a 26-year-old maid who cleans the home of a very rich family. Oddities are around every corner. This first novel from Jen Beagin is unique and effortless, which makes for easy consumption.
3. Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas
Privilege seems to be on the forefront of our modern world and in Oligarchy it feels all too common. The daughter of a Russian oligarch is sent to a fancy boarding school only to be met with peculiar inhabitants and a headmaster who favors the skinniest of female students. When her friend goes missing, the situation turns even stranger. Quirky throughout, Scarlett Thomas hits upon the bizarreness of adolescence and the inanity that comes with it. Pre-order your copy so you don't miss this novel's release in January 2020.
4. Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Quirky memoirs don't have to be filled with anecdotes inspired by Zoey Deschanel. In Hungover, journalist Bishop-Stall searches for a cure to the inevitable hangover. His fight to find a cure is attempted through travel, insane concoctions, and even a hangover doctor.
5. Imaginary Museums by Nicolette Polek
Nicolette Polek creates quirky characters in this January 2020 release. A bride on the run, rival falconers, and disheveled landlords make up a quirky collection. Delightfully different, Imaginary Museums still happens to hit upon the human urge for connection, acceptance, and a higher power.
6. The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons
Amy Bonnaffons is a fan favorite here at Women.com, because her stories are perfectly curious. In her highly anticipated sophomore novel, main character Rachel falls in love with a dead man. Falling in love with Thomas isn't easy as he has 90 days to crossover to the other side. While The Regrets is idyllic in its strangeness, the truth about falling in love and desire to fall into a fantasy will not be lost on the reader. Pre-order your copy now so you have something to look forward to in February 2020.
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