The beginning of a new month typically finds me culling a list of new novels I’m looking forward to reading. However, it’s beyond time to get serious about reading my own damn books.
I’ve done okay so far this year. Of the 26 books I’ve read, 15 were already in my library. With more than 500 books in my digital collection and The-Lord-alone-knows how many on my shelves, I have to believe I can do better. So this month, I’m resisting the temptation to add new books to my to-be-read list.
Given this, I have no business reading articles with titles that include the following numbers and words: 10, 50, 100, must-read, and books. To repeat: These are the articles I must avoid like week-old tuna salad and expired allergy medication because these articles blow up my to-be-read list.
This is to say, I should NOT have clicked on “I got your weird right here: 100 must-read strange and unusual novels” by Liberty Hardy at BookRiot. But I LOVE strange and unusual novels! So much! So clicked despite my conscience nagging, Really? Have we not been over this?
As I was swooning over her list and wishing I could read at least 60 pages per hour and eight hours per day, I noticed something: Some of these titles are already in my digital library!
*Cue pulsating dance music, strobe lights, and general celebratory mayhem*
Now I think about it, I have many strange and unusual novels in my Nook library (and on my shelves). But these are five I have not yet read. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks win!
I remember buying this because it’s a time travel story with a meta narrative. The main character is “City” Coldson, a 14-year old living in 2013 Mississippi who receives a book, called Long Division, whose main character is City Coldson. Novel-within-the-novel City lives in 1985 and knows how to travel into the future. His trip to the future gives him the tools to travel into the past, 1964, where he helps a fellow time traveler protect his family from the Klan.
Having enjoyed Oyeyemi’s Boy Snow Bird, I acquired this through a Nook book sale. Also, I love books that play with the author/subject relationship: Mr. Fox is a celebrated writer who can’t resist killing off his characters. Quirky twist: One of his characters turns him into the subject of stories they construct together.
This is one of the few novels by Murakami that I haven’t read yet. I read the plot description and am so confused. I can’t wait to read it!
So I’m stretching with this novel in which mermaids are real, and they’re in trouble: I have the sample in my Nook, not the whole book. But I’ll work out a way to make it count. I’ll start by reading the sample and assess from there.
This is also a sample (see above). It’s about a secret society of writers, one of whom disappears.
Please don’t give me the titles of strange and unusual novels I should read! Only joking. Please do share your favorites in the comments! I probably have at least the sample in my digital library, ha.