Saturday, October 12, 2019

Book Haul: Weirdos In Love

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. Lately I’ve been acquiring books about characters who are a bit . . . odd. Check them out.

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Weirdos In Love

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Beasts Of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. I have read Where the Crawdads Sing AJ and this book is exceptional! Seriously I really really hope that you'll fall head over heels in love with it!

  2. I didn't think I would see such a title for one of your posts, and I am excited, because I am all about weirdos in love. I have tried to read Eleanor Oliphant twice, and it wasn't bad, but it made me so sad, I couldn't push through. My daughter told me how the rest of the story went though, and I didn't expect that.

  3. I loved Eleanor Oliphant, very sad at the beginning but really warm and lovely.(You cringe so much for her though!)

  4. I recently read Where the Crawdads Sing and thought it was amazing. I was also a fan of Sky in the Deep. I still have Elinor Oliphant and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance sitting on my shelf but have heard good things about both of them.

  5. I heard Eleanor Oliphant was really good!

    I read Sky in the Deep and sadly wasn't that impressed. I've got Where the Crawdads Sing on hold at my library but it'll probably take 8 weeks until my hold comes in. That is one popular book!

    (Amber Elise @ Du Livre)

  6. I’ve been considering Eleanor Oliphant for quite a while. And I keep seeing raves for Where the Crawdads Sing but I’m still undecided if I want to give it a try.

  7. Some great books here and I'm really curious about a few of them.

  8. I've been kind of avoiding Where The Crawdads Sing because it's just EVERYWHERE, but I'm interested to hear what you think of it!

  9. Sky in the Deep looks awesome! I definitely need to check that one out. And I have seen Where the Crawdads Sing everywhere.

  10. The only one I've read is Sky in the Deep, which I adored! I think Red Clocks sounds fascinating, and I haev heard amazing things about Eleanor Olyphant and Where the Crawdads Sing (especially the latter!) Hope they all end up being great!

  11. I'm afraid I haven't really heard of most of these books so I can't really offer any thoughts. I have seen Sky in the Deep popping up on a few blogs so it must be pretty popular.

  12. I've been meaning to read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances! It sounds so good! I hope you like it!

  13. I have read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances and Eleanor Oliphant and really enjoyed both of them. I hope you end up loving all of your new reads!

  14. I am still waiting for Hoopla to get Where the Crawdads Sing. I need to read it! 📚✨

  15. *Jumps up and down with excitement about Eleanor Oliphant*

    *ducks head and mumbles "I was underwhelmed with Crawdads"*

    *is astonished and horrified to realize one hasn't been to AJ's blog in two months*