#ReadThis #CrazyWeirdLove {A Reading List}

Bookish Reads on Weird Love

I love a good, traditional, cheesy romance novel – but I’m not talking about those right now. This list of books is about humans falling in love with … well, you just have to see for yourself.

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale

A woman falls in love and has a relationship with a chimp, a.k.a. Bruno Littlemore. This book is 600 pages, and while I thought it could have used a bit more editing, this is one story that will stick with you for a long time. It’s written in such a realistic way, that i kept shaking my head – but couldn’t stop reading.

Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for learning & painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. His untimely outbursts ultimately cost Lydia her job, and send the unlikely pair on the road in what proves to be one of the most unforgettable journeys.

As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem

A woman falls in love with her science experiment – sounds like the beginning of a bad novel, but the author massaged me right along, making everything seem very believable and even the ending – which was like wtf?! … left me thinking about it a few days after.

Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with taste–tastes; it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock; it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws–because it has no qualities?

Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion

A zombie falls in love with a human girl – personally, I couldn’t do it … other than the whole “not attracted to the living dead thing” – the thought of becoming zombie food would be on my mind at all times.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalator and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. After meeting Julie, a human girl who the zombie “R” impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he’d forgotten he’d ever had

Triptych, J.M. Frey

A man, woman & alien have a 3-way marriage?! Weird! I had a hard time getting into this book at first but once Kalp (the alien) starts telling his story – I was hooked until the end; so I ended up really liking the book.

Gwen and Basil Grey are Specialists for the Institute, an organization set up to help alien integration into our societies. They take in Kalp, a widower who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and the unfinished toy he was making for a child that will never be born. But on the aliens’ world, family units come in threes, and when Kalp turns to them for comfort, they unintentionally, but happily, find themselves Kalp’s lovers.

Have you read any books with “weird” relationships?



// Comments //

  1. I am loving this series on love and marriage this week! I’ve only read Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. I loved both so maybe I need to read some Moriarty.

  2. Wow. This takes romance to a whole new level of weirdness. A chimp and a science experiment? It’s like the woman who married the Eiffel Tower. Very weird. I’ve read both Warm Bodies and Anna Dressed In Blood and I’m a fan of both but I don’t know if I could read the others, but I’ll definitely consider it. Thanks for the intriguing list!

  3. I have Anna Dressed in Blood. I think I will save it for October. But the first one The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore sounds interesting. Warm Bodies I am going to see at the theater this week.

  4. Athira

    Feb 13

    I thought Warm Bodies was super-weird! The trailer of the movie had me feeling queasy!

  5. I just want to let you know that I’ve been commenting on your blog for months now and this was the first time that I hit submit instead of preview. Normally I hit preview and go close the tab and right after I hit the x I see the preview come up and then I have to make my comment all over again because I lost it when I closed the tab. I may be slow… but I can learn 😉

  6. Anna and Cas are a great choice for this list! Theirs is the only book I’ve read but I loved reading your thoughts on the others, especially Warm Bodies.

  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    Feb 12

    I love your tweak of the prompt! Very, very clever!

  8. beth vixen

    Feb 12

    Ahhh I want to read Warm Bodies so bad. I need this! and I loved Anna dressed in blood, but I found that GoN wasn’t as good.
    Beth @ YA Vixens
    Vixen’s Top Ten!

  9. I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, but it’s been sitting on my bookshelf forever!

  10. Tanya Patrice

    Feb 12

    @Tammy – oh my gosh! I’ve got to get that book now!!!

  11. Tammy

    Feb 12

    I have a great one for you, and this is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read: Easy Travel to Other Planets by Ted Mooney. It’s about a woman who has a sexual relationship with a dolphin. It sounds ridiculous, but I loved this book, it was so strange and despite the subject matter, a very sweet love story.

  12. Daphne

    Feb 12

    you always have the most interesting and unique lists, which is why I like checking your TTT out, because I will ultimately come across some book I’ve never heard of. I really want to read Warm Bodies and I’m very intrigued by Triptych. Going to see if my library has it!

  13. Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

    Feb 12

    Interesting list of choices for this week’s TTT! I don’t think I’ve read a book with a weird relationship or anything–probably something out of Robert Shearman’s Remember Why You Fear Me, nothing specific comes to mind at the moment lol.

    I think I should check out Warm Bodies, everyone’s been talking about this book lately xD

  14. Great post had a good laugh. I think it is great work when an author provides you with a more than weird story but can make you believe it is perfectly normal.