Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of the strangest, most uniquely interesting books I've read

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Strange delights await thee here.      

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten

Slice of Cherry - Dia Reeves 

Two girls are haunted by the legacy of their father, a famous serial killer--but never moreso than when they trap an intruder, beginning a killing spree through this whimsically fantastical town. 

I Crawl Through It - A.S. King 

A surrealistic manifesto about four troubled teens: one whose lies herself a new life every day; one who swallowed herself; one who dissects frogs; one who's building an invisible helicoptor. Parents who grieve their child by taking trips to massacre sites. Surrealism and SATs. 
Asunder - Jodi Meadows 

A unique fantasy in which the inhabitants of a cloistered, isolationist town reincarnate after they die and retain full knowledge of their past lives--except for Ana, whose new soul was born in the place of one of the town's beloved members, putting a target on her back. 

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand - Gregory Galloway 

TW: Suicide. Adam is deeply depressed and wants to die, but he wakes up after ever attempt. It's dark, irreverent, and certainly not for everyone, but I think Galloway mixes dark humor with an empathy and compassion as he weaves the tale of how Adam learns not to give up on himself. 

Vault of Dreamers - Caragh O'Brien 

Everyone wants to escape their bleak dystopian existence and snag a place in this boarding school for the talented, which doubles as a popular reality show. A reality show with dark secrets and missing students. 

Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini 

I didn't actually like (i.e. hated) this one , but it was definitely unique. A girl with deadly allergies wakes up in a parallel universe where whatever makes her body susceptible to her old world makes her powerful. Her body is a crucible that turns substances into spells that can be toweled off her bare skin and packaged. It's...not well done, but interesting. 
Belzhar - Meg Wolitzer 

At a school for teens struggling with severe mental illness, one exclusive English class grapples with their pain through The Bell Jar--and Belzhar, a dreamlike alternate reality accessed through magical journals. 
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness 

In this other-world dystopian sci-fi, everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts and nothing is secret--including the evils wreaked by the human invaders against the dangerous, telepathic alien populus. 
Denton Little's Deathdate - Lance Rubin 

In Denton's world, everyone knows the day they will die, and the days leading up to it are a party and funeral where you give your own eulogy. Denton's death at 17 is approaching, but strange things are afoot: like the strange purple rash spreading across his skin and the people who seem to be stalking him. 
A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz 

Four fairies are the last of their kind. The rest were eaten by trolls. Also they're covered in glitter and remain immortal and sentient in every part of their bodies (limb eaten by troll? feel that forever!). Also it's written from the POV of its author, Scrap, who is constantly rewriting the story even as he writes it. 

Your turn!  What books have you read that are just out of the ordinary? 

1 comment:

  1. I love King. Still Life with Tornado was one of my top 2016 reads. I adore her writing. I have read 3 of Wolitzer's books, and really enjoyed them all. Both King and Wolitzer use magical realism well in their stories.
    Sam @ WLABB