Some Quirky, Unusual Titles to Enjoy

The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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  • This book was a treat from cover to cover (just a few moments that dragged). I  love how bizarre all the characters are, and the epic scope of the tale within a tale made it all the more interesting. Check out more reviews on

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart

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  • This novel’s main characters were very endearing, and the story itself was therapy for an active imagination. I loved every page. Check out more reviews on

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

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  • Honestly, the style of writing was an adjustment for me, but once I got going, Audrey’s memories of her childhood warmed my heart. An out-of-the-ordinary, refreshing and quirky read. Check out more reviews on

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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  • This book gives those of us who aren’t Asian and/or filthy rich a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Asian mega-rich, with lots of comedy thrown in. Check out more reviews on

Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vickie Myron

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  • When I saw that this is a true story about a tiny kitten who shouldn’t have survived, I was instantly intrigued. A quick read, this book was wonderfully uplifting. Check out more reviews on

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

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  • Set in post-WWI New York, this book was thoroughly heart-warming. Very interesting to those who enjoy reading about how things used to be, with murder and espionage to boot! Check out more reviews on

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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  • Books like Landscape of Lies and Rule of Four come to mind with this one, although the humor and very currant setting makes it even better. The protagonist’s wry humor and the swirling mystery place this book firmly into the quirky category on my list of fun books to read. Check out more reviews on

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (YA fiction, but don’t let that keep you from a truly delightful read)

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  • Besides reviving memories of first hearing this read to me by my father sometime before my tenth birthday, this book was interesting in its wonderful characters and epic scope. Check out more reviews on

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (and other Flavia de Luce mysteries) by Alan Bradley

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  • This quirky little detective is absolutely adorable, and she’s a very smart girl. Also set in times past, this is another thoroughly delightful read from beginning to end. Check out more reviews on