Fauquier County Public Library

The Reader’s Guide to the Quirky

Posted by Frances Allshouse on

A woman with crossed arms wearing an orange shirt and brown skirtIf you’ve ever read something that was a little bit funny, a little bit weird, and generally left you wondering ‘what in the world did I just read?’ then you may have come across a quirky book.  These unusual tales show up in a broad range of genres throughout fiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and even in non-fiction, and, true to their name, each one is a unique experience all its own.

Some quirky reads are light-hearted and zany stories that propel the reader into the unlikeliest of places and situations. Douglas Adams’ books are great examples of this brand of quirky.

Others, like the works of David Mitchell, can be downright bizarre featuring somewhat dark settings inhabited by eccentric, offbeat characters. Somewhere in between, readers might find tales from authors such as Neil Gaiman or Jasper Fforde that blend whimsy, humor and a strong sense of the peculiar.

Below, in no particular order, are ten of our favorites.

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  6. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  8. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  10. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

If you enjoy one of these quirky reads, find more like it in the library’s collection: Here’s how:

Look up a favorite book in our catalog, scroll to the bottom of the book’s entry to “You Might Also Like These.”
Recommendations based on the genre, other authors with a similar writing style and comparable editorial themes are provided.

This is a great tool to locate other similar books or to delve deeper into the library’s collection.  Of course, you can also visit your local library; library staff would be happy to assist you.

∼ Frances Allshouse and Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library

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