Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Unique Books of 2017

The Most Unique, Weird or Memorable Book(s) Read This Year #AMonthofFaves – books you did not finish, were super weird, characters you disliked, book award winners (from this year) you read and didn't like, books you didn't think you would like, but you did.

Frosty Relations (A Witch's Night Out #2) by Tara Quan was a short, contemporary, supernatural (that's a lot of descriptors) that I downloaded on a lark when I couldn't settle into anything else. It's about Jack Frost (that Jack Frost), an asshole attorney, and Mina Mao, a long-time famil acquaintance of the Frosts. She also happens to work in HR at his firm. As usual, there's more going on than initial appearances, and while it sounded fun, it fell flat for me. I tire of the asshole with a heart of gold trope, and this one is actually a novella, so I needed way more character development.

The Southern Reach Trilogy (Authority and Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer was a minddd fuuuuuck. That's just the only way there is to describe it. I read the first book in the trilogy a couple of years ago, and for whatever reason, I picked up the second book this year. It grabbed me quicker and surer than the first installment, and before I knew it, I'd raced through the second and third books. They defy description, but if you like sf novels, give 'em a try.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon was scary af. I actually thought to pick this one up after I tweeted that I wanted something to scare the crap out of me. Someone on Twitter recommended this one, and I happened to have it on my shelves. It's a family-based scary story. Think winter woods, nowhere to go, and a missing child. A child who comes back? Maybe. In the closet. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery is one I'll shove into every set of hands I possibly can. It's a seemingly unlikely topic...a woman who develops a meaningful relationship with an octopus? It's a beautiful, touching, lovely memoir, and it's SO INTERESTING. I highly recommend the audio, read by Sy Montgomery.

I'd love to know some of the most unique books you've read this year. Link up below, and don't forget to visit Tanya Patrice, Kim, and Tamara, too!

10 comments:

  1. The most unique book I read this year is probably The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew. I love that you did this take on the topic!

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    1. Sonny Liew! I've read one book that he illustrated. I'll have to look this one up!

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  2. I read The Winter People too and you are so right. Oh so creepy but I loved every minute of it. One of my other "unique" books would be Eileen by Ottesa Mosfegh (sp). Such an odd, strange and memorable main character.

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    1. Me too re Winter People! I read it in a big gulp. Have you read any of her other stuff?

      I'll have to look up Eileen! I don't think I've heard of that one.

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  3. The Winter People was so creepy! I couldn't look at closets for a while. Probably the weirdest book I read this year was Lincoln in the Bardo.

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    1. Haha, same here! Just so many haunting images in that book. I want to read more of her stuff, just not sure where to go next. Lincoln in the Bardo was super weird but I found it good-weird. :D

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  4. The Soul of An Octopus is our community "one read" selection. It sounds like an interesting memoir and probably one I'd like to try on audio.

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    1. I hope you love it. Sy Montgomery is just so sweet and sincere and interesting and excited about these animals. It was a joy to listen to.

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  5. The Soul of an Octopus and The Southern Reach trilogy both have caught my eye this year! Hopefully in 2018 :)

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  6. The unique and unusual stories shock your reader with a subtle idea and deep meaning. Each of them is special. This is felt from the first pages.

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