Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Weird



Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For ________


Sorry, I’m not just yelling that for fun but I figure that since it’s the first of March and the start of the #Weirdathon hosted by Julianne at Outlandish Lit, I might as well go pull out some great WEIRD books for the WEIRDATHON.

So I might have already written up my TBR list for the #weirdathon, but this is a list of weird books I’ve already read – and enjoyed – and hope you might too.



And the books are (links to my thoughts):

The Vegetarian – Han Kang
I really don’t know where to begin with the weirdness of this Korean book. Perhaps the best way to describe this book is that it has to do with obsession and dreams.

Delicious Foods – James Hannaham
Crack takes on a voice! (That either makes you go “ooh!” or “UGH!”)

The Serial Garden – Joan Aiken
This is a kind of delightful, sweet but also dark, British weird. The Armitage family sure has a lot of weird going on in their life. But I ADORE it!

Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

This is weirdness in space. But Okorafor is always amazing like that.

Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho
This is fantasy/Regency romance but with a twist. I know a lot of fantasy is weird and sure, this has a dragon and what not, but it’s weird (in a good way) because it has a wonderful diverse cast – a freed slave as the Sorcerer Royal, a powerful mixed-race woman, and then there is Mak Genggang, an elderly witch from Malaysia.

Beauty is a Wound – Eka Kurniawan
It opens with a woman emerging from a grave. It sounds like it’s a ghost story, but it’s far more than that.

The Good House – Tananarive Due
Creepy house. Lots of people dying. Voodoo. For me, that is weird.

The Fifth Season – NK Jemisin
Actually, all Jemisin’s books are a little weird. But that is why she is so awesome. If you are new to her, I would highly recommend her first series, which begins with the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The White Bone – Barbara Gowdy
A book written from the perspective of elephants.

Supernatural Enhancements – Edgar Cantero
Full of secrets and surprises!

I initially thought of putting comics together in my list above, but there are too many weird and wonderful comics that I decided a second list was in order!

Fox Bunny Funny – Andy Hartzell
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage – Jen Van Metee, Robert de la Torre

Faith #0 – Joshua Dysart, Robert Gill
A plus-sized superhero!
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye – Sonny Liew
Now it’s weird because, is Charlie Chan Hock Chye a real person or just a figment of Liew’s wonderful imagination?

Bandette – Paul Tobin; Colleen Coover
Bandette is a teenaged, world-famous, thief!

Bitch Planet – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine de Landro, Taki Soma

Zombillenium – Arthur de Pins
A theme park staffed by otherworldly creatures

Shinya Shokudo – Yaro Abe
A Japanese manga about a late-night diner with no fixed menu and an unusual clientele of strippers, yakuza, salarymen, celebrities, sportspeople and more.

Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
A son is haunted by his father’s disappearance many years ago.

Punk Mambo – Peter Milligan
A punk voodoo priestess!

What are your favourite weird books?



  1. Love this list! I’ll probably read Delicious Foods if I get through my other #Weirdathon books. Same with The Vegetarian. Still need to order that one. 🙂


  2. Yes, I have three of the books on your list, and a different Okorafor (no space, but futuristic, post-nuclear-Holocaust Africa, yes). Thank you for confirming that I *do* have enough weird things to read/listen to!


  3. I love weird books! I’ve enjoyed a lot of the books on your list, but what does it say about me if I don’t think ‘White Bone’ is weird? I think having an elephant narrator is quite normal …if the elephants started flying, that would be weird!


  4. Those are such good recommendations! I do still have Sorcerer to the Crown and Bitch Planet on my shelf waiting!
    Also, “Creepy house. Lots of people dying. Voodoo. For me, that is weird.” Ahahah that is true though, good summary!
    Happy weirdathon!


  5. I haven’t read any of these… 😦

    But I hear wonderful things about Sorcerer to the Crown and I just finished Mr. Splitfoot. If you get through your list for Weirdathon, definitely pick up Mr. Splitfoot! It’s so good and so, so weird.


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