Today I’m focusing on books with slightly odd, wacky, mysterious, or something-just-not-quite-right settings. Another theme which, I’ll admit, threw me a little at first but since I love the weird and wonderful, I thought I’d give it a go. As always, Top Ten Tuesdays was started over at The Broke and The Bookish!
The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
I think this might have been the catalyst for this theme today, as I am currently reading this book. One of the main characters in this book is actually the house – a mysterious building only appearing to those who really need it. It breathes and talks and makes things appear – you can even have conversations with the people in the photographs! Such an excellent, yet strange setting for a book!
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
The whole world created in this novel is just a little bit odd. I remember feeling the strangeness the moment I stepped into this novel. It’s a wonderful book though. I’ve heard that quite a lot of Hoffman’s writing is to do with the mysterious – any recommendations?
The Fairyland Series by Cathrynne M Valente
Any book centring around Fairyland is going to have some fabulous and wacky settings – and this series does not disappoint on that front! Valente creates wonderful worlds in which September explores, and you are never quite sure what will happen next!
I read Rebecca a few years ago and I am currently reading Jane Eyre – and loving it! Bother of these books follow a similar vein, and have that mysterious feeling to the settings in them. Something at the pit of your stomach when the characters step into those grand houses – makes for a great read!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Or actually any of Neil Gaiman’s works, right? Because they are all splendid and strange.
Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I really enjoyed this book, and the prequel which was brought out afterwards. I am curious about any novels set in bookshops, libraries etc. This particular bookstore just feels magical and reminds me of that feeling I get when I am surrounded by books. I really recommend this book to book-lovers if you haven’t read it yet!
Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
I don’t think I really have to expand on this one.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
The magic world – or worlds – created by Schwab in this book/series fit effortly into this theme. White London in book 1, right? Right. You can see a spoiler free review of this first book here.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
A little bit of a different choice compared to some of the books above, but I had to slip this one in. I’ve only read a few Murakami books – and they are all a little odd in different ways, I think – but the setting of this one definitely put me on edge.
That’s that. See you next Tuesday!