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40+ Quirky Novels - a little different and totally fabulous.

At LoveReading we adore novels that contain a hint or more of quirky. From relationship tales to sci-fi and fantasy, from humour to family drama, we have a collection of quirky tales for you to enjoy. These are books that contain something out of the ordinary, that cause a flicker of excitement to grow and burn with intensity until you’ve finished reading. They often are the books that spark your thoughts and stay with you forever. 

Sometimes, when life is behaving in a particularly strange way, a novel that takes our minds to an unusual place can be the perfect read. Escaping from reality with a quirky read can soothe and settle, or divert and deflect. Quite a few of these books will sit on favourite book lists, however there may well be a few books here that you’ve not heard of before. 

One of our books of the year in 2015 Fishbowl by Bradley Somer is a: “unique, clever and quite quite wonderful” novel that takes a 30 minute peek into the lives of the occupants of an apartment building, including Ian the skydiving goldfish. "The short chapters, capable of evoking an assortment of emotions, flow as quickly as Ian does past each window.”

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault sits on my list of favourite books. It is: “deceptively clever and utter compelling” and still haunts my thoughts. Bilodo the postman sneaks into other peoples lives by reading their handwritten letters. The author uses haiku and tanka poetry to allow Bilodo to converse with the woman of his dreams. “This is essentially a book of love, of what might have been and of what could still come.”

Another book that still keeps me company is Sourdough by Robin Sloan, this is a: “gorgeous, magical, quirky dream of a story”. Lois is unexpectedly left a sourdough culture and begins to form a connection with it. This story weaves a spellbinding path and with: “almost hypnotic, yet gentle intensity, takes on a life of its own to become a charming, irresistible read.”

If you are looking for something totally different then we recommend The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. This fantasy novella is: “strangely wonderful, and completely compelling.” We are allowed into the secret world of Auri, who lives underneath a university. “If you are the sort of person who has chatted to inanimate objects, avoided the obvious and listened carefully to silence” then you too may fall in love with this special little book.

So delve into our list of quirk filled slices of wonderful and see if you find them as diverting and wonderful as we do. Let us know in the comments which books you've been inspired to read and which titles you'd add to this list. 

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Author: Patrick Rothfuss Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2014

A strangely wonderful and completely compelling novella that speaks directly to your soul. This is different, very different and it's not often that an author starts a foreword with "you might not want to buy this book…”. Rothfuss believes it’s best to have read his first two books in ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’, otherwise you may find yourself perplexed and a little lost. However, if you are the sort of person who has chatted to inanimate objects, avoided the obvious and listened carefully to silence, you could read this as a surprising and remarkable standalone piece. Set in the Underneath of the University from ‘The Name of the Wind’, we are entirely alone with Auri. Auri is a beautiful, simple and utterly complex character, it feels like a privilege to be initiated into her a secret world, one that even if you were there, you may not see unless from her eyes. It is true, even those who have read his first two books may find themselves lost, but if you can settle into the writing, the style, the feel… and connect with it, you may just fall in love with this special, moving and quite, quite adorable little book.

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The Strange Library

The Strange Library

Author: Haruki Murakami Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2014

This is a strange little book indeed; soulful, sorrowful and yet curiously engaging and charming. Translated from Japanese and including wonderful illustrations, drawings and photos, this quirky tale draws you into it’s deep dark secrets from the moment you turn the very first page. The illustrations have been beautifully considered and hold hands with the tale as it slinks and skulks along. Even though this is narrated by a schoolboy, with fairly simple language, this is anything but simplistic and childish. Sheep and doughnuts have appeared before in this author’s works - make of that what you will! As a word of warning, reading this may leave you wanting to run in the opposite direction from any little old men who happen to approach you in the library, especially if it has a basement, but it’s well worth that particular affliction.

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Welcome to Braggsville

Welcome to Braggsville

Author: T. Geronimo Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

A strangely original and wonderfully thought provoking novel. By no means a simple read, the author writes in such a way as to make you think and consider. The lack of quotation marks and obvious introductions to show who is speaking, while at first strange, actively encourages you to feel a part of the action, as though you are there, and it focuses and concentrates your mind on what is being said. This is original and quirky writing, some sentences are curiously and almost perfectly repeated and yet the minute differences change the meaning, the context and therefore surprise and agitate your feelings. This isn't a novel to rush or dash through, you need to be alert, vigilant and ready for this compelling encounter.

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