Sometimes real life gets kind of boring.
Boredom is contagious. It infects all areas of your life. Sometimes – and I hate to admit it – boredom even invades your sacred reading space.
YA has trends like everything else after all. There are only so many dystopian novels a person can read, you know?
I might have a solution.
5 Weird Reads to Get You Out of Your Real Life and/or Reading Rut:
1. Going Bovine – Libba Bray
Cameron has mad cow disease. He’s going to die. Unless he does as the hot angel Dulcie tells him to, and takes his hypochondriacal dwarf buddy, Gonzo and an angry Viking gnome across America in search of a cure. And defeat the evil United Snow Globe Wholesalers in the process, of course.
2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
This book is a beautiful example of magical realism. The story weaves throughout the tragic history of the Roux family. Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings, traces back through the saddest stories in order to find her place in the world. Is she an angel, or just a girl? Can she be both?
3. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Bod is the only living resident in a graveyard. It’s hard to grow up around the dead, but it comes with certain perks. Bod knows about to fade, like a ghost. It’s a killer move for hide and seek, but sadly Bod doesn’t have anyone living to play that with.
4. Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
Austin and Robby may have accidentally brought about the end of humanity by accidentally releasing an army of unstoppable, six foot praying mantises in Iowa. Unstoppable praying mantises who pretty much only eat and fuck, which wouldn’t be so bad if their diet weren’t strictly human.
5. John Dies @ the End – David Wong
This book isn’t YA, and absolutely isn’t for younger readers, but remains one of the weirdest pieces of fiction I have read ever. Basically if you take the soy sauce Korrock (evil God of evil) becomes your responsibility. You can’t un-learn about the invasion (led by Korrock). Once you’ve taken the sauce you must fight the forces threatening to enslave humanity. This might involve killing the same two headed creature with the same ax twice.
11 thoughts on “5 Weird Reads”
John Dies @ The End sounds so weird but really intriguing!
It’s so great! It is mad and totally different from anything that I’ve read before. I feel like it’s kind of rare to have literally no idea where a plot is taking you but that was totally my experience reading this.
Ava Lavender is totally on my TBR – looking forward to that one. How did you like it? Thanks for including The Graveyard Book on your list; it definitely peaked my interest.
Ava Lavender is a gorgeous book. I definitely recommend it if you’re into magical realism. It’s one of those where you find yourself stopping a lot to note down quotes. The writing is beautiful! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender sounds absolutely divine and totally my thing, I love magical realism as a genre! I have had it sitting on my Kindle but will definitely read it this month! I adore The Graveyard Book, especially the audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman 😀 Fantastic list!
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Ava Lavender is a beautiful story! I hope you enjoy it 🙂
I’m glad to talk to another Neil Gaiman fan! I love his books for young people. He should write more of them. It isn’t YA, but his book The Ocean at the End of the Lane is also wonderful if you’re looking to read more of him.
Eeeeep, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender! That’s probably one of my favourite reads this year (so far at least!) and it makes me happy someone else knows about it too. c: It needs more love, imo.
Grasshopper Jungle sounds like an fun, entertaining mess. I’m going to pick that one up – add it to my TBR!
I hope you like Grasshopper Jungle. Andrew Smith is an amazing YA writer 🙂