Bookshelf: Odd and Quirky Reads

img_2291Sometimes a book is just different. It surprises you, it confuses you, it makes you think, and perhaps leaves you scratching your head. But most of all it captures your attention and provides a unique reading experience. I love books like this. Looking at my bookshelf, there are five books that standout to me as odd and quirky reads that were surprising and confusing in all the best ways.

1. The Room by Jonas Karlsson
A story about a man named Björn who discovers a small, secret room that becomes his refuge from the open floor-plan office space and his co-workers. An amusing and wonderfully unique story.

2. The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos
Told through alternating perspectives of three mothers and three daughters, it tells the story of a time when a mysterious girl with blue skin was saved from drowning. After which, the mothers take turns visiting the blue girl and feeding her moon pies that contain their secrets. An odd concept but one that is very well executed.

3. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Josephine is hired as one of many bureaucrats entering an endless amount of numbers into something only known as “The Database.” Her new position and her husband’s increasingly odd behaviour begins to take its toll, leading to an unsettling discovery.

4. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
A unique book with elements of magical realism, fantasy, and science-fiction. Patricia is a witch with a deep connection to nature, and Laurence is a genius when it comes to science and technology. They find friendship in the challenging times of their youth, but end up going their separate ways only to reunite as adults, at a time when the world is descending into chaos.

5. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Told from the perspective of an unnamed woman who is taking a road trip with her boyfriend, Jake, to visit his parents’ farm.  The woman is unsure of her new relationship and is thinking of ending things.  However, the trip doesn’t go as she thought it would and things take a strange turn during an unexpected detour. Creepy and unsettling.

What are some of your favourite odd and quirky reads? 🙂

The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos

IMG_0068“All secrets are terrible, I know that, and I know that no matter how many times I feed them to the blue girl, there is no relief.”

Sometimes the premise of a book is so strange that you can’t help but be drawn to it.  The Blue Girl is a very unique and intriguing story, told through alternating perspectives of three mothers and three daughters.  They live in a small town with a lake and they all have their secrets, leading lives of silent suffering.  One day while at the lake, the mysterious girl with blue skin is saved from drowning by Audrey, one of the daughters.  From that point on the three mothers begin to make night visits to the blue girl and feed her moon pies, which contain their secrets.

An odd concept but one that is very well executed.  Through the different perspectives we truly get to feel the sadness and desperation of the lives of these girls and women, along with the damage that can be caused by a lack of communication.  Everyone has their fears and secrets, and are aware of the secrets of their mothers and daughters but choose silence.  The Blue Girl is a unique, beautifully written novel and a great choice if you are looking for a simple and easy read.

“I say nothing.  I let them have their secret.  Now, I think, we all have them.”