Books are memorable for a number of reasons – mostly in a good way – but then, there are those books that are a bit weird or just leave you wondering, what the heck did everyone see in it?! Here’s a few such books from our reads this year.
The Did Not Finish (DNF) List
Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige. A fairytale retelling gone very, VERY, wrong.
Blood on Snow, Jo Nesbo. I have not read a book by Nesbo that I didn’t love. And I’m not about to start now … so I just did not finish this sucker. This was a freaking snooze fest, and I refuse to have to give one of my favorite authors a bad rating (I don’t rate books when I don’t finish them – my version of “no stars”).
This Is Some Crazy Shit
- Annihilation and Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #1 and 2), Jeff VanderMeer – It’s weird that I didn’t like the 1st book – yet moved onto the 2nd book in the series … which I disliked even more. And it’s even weirder that I intend to read the 3rd and final book!
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. The 1st expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the 2nd expedition committed suicide; the 3rd expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the 11th expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
- The Cipher, Kathe Koja – This book is dark, horrific, weird and filled with unlikable characters. I didn’t like it – but I so want to read more from this author.
Nicholas is a would-be poet and video-store clerk with a weeping hole in his hand – weeping not blood, but a plasma of tears…
- Easy Travel to Other Planets, Ted Mooney … is sex between a dolphin and a woman even possible?! Is it a metaphor or something? I didn’t get it.
Book Award Winner That Made Me Wonder Why
The Vegetarian, Han King – She stopped eating meat; her husband wanted her to; then left her; she starved; had some epiphanies that were probably hunger induced delusions; and then … nothing happened. Why does everyone seem to love this book? It has made like all the “Best Books of 2016” lists, and won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. I just don’t get it I suppose.
I Just Don’t Know About This One
The Devourers, Indra Daas – You smoking outside a bar, and a stranger walks up to you and says, “Hi, I’m half-werewolf” … do you keep listening? This book just weirder from there. I didn’t like it at first, but then … I just wasn’t sure – and the book has stayed with me since I read it a few months ago. Have you read this one? What did you think?
What books made you scratch your head this year?