Five for Friday – Weird Yet Wonderful Books

I really wanted to come up with a cool cute Easter post, books about chocolate and bunnies but I couldn’t come up with five really good reads on this subject. So instead I have done the opposite and found five books that are weird, twisted and dark, yet I find wonderful and amazing.

1. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
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I read this book after watching the film. I adore the film but the book is a LOT darker and more disturbing that what is on screen. I think this is the only novel ever that has actually made me want to be sick when reading it. (if you have read it I’m talking about the starved rat, the tube and the prostitute) This book is a shocking read its gruesome and violent, but the way Easton Ellis writes this twisted tale is amazing. Patrick Bateman the central character is a handsome, sophisticated, charming man that works in Wall Street, he is also a psychopath. Mainly preying on prostitutes his methods of killing are… different and as the novels unfolds, Bateman slowly unravels becoming more agitated, more psychotic, more paranoid and insane. Funny, clever, difficult to read in some parts but also wonderful!

2. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
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Probably one of the oddest books I have ever come across, The Wasp Factory is bizarre. Frank is an unusual 16 year old he has already killed three people in his life, including his little brother Paul. Frank lives with his father in a remote house in Scotland, his mother abandoned them years ago and his older brother is in a mental institution. Frank  does despicable things throughout the novel, from burning a dog, to killing his brother, blowing up animals and torturing insects; these killings are described at great length and can be an uncomfortable read. Frank finds out his brother has escaped from the mental institution and begins planning his biggest murder yet. This book made my palms sweaty and my toes curl, it made me feel sick and uncomfortable. I’m not saying I enjoy reading about murders and torturing of animals or people, but a book that can make you feel such mental and physical emotion I always think it a good novel.

3. The Beach by Alex Garland
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Most people have seen the film with Leonardo Di Caprio and yes it’s a bit odd but isn’t really a very weird film. The book is so much more weird and so much better! It’s 438 pages long and the first time I read it, I did so in one sitting. After finding out about a paradise lost, Richard finds the island that no one is supposed to and is submerged into a seemingly civilised group of people… but soon this paradise turns into an uncivilised hell hole. The momentum of the story is brilliant, probably why it only took me a few hours to read. The book is chilling, shocking and dark and I loved every second of it.

4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
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A book about two men on a drive to Las Vegas with a tonne of drugs. Hallucinations, twisted, dark and nightmarish this book is very odd. “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” When you read this, you don’t really know what is real or what is just their imaginations. I don’t think it’s my favourite book in the world but if you want to read something truly bizarre then this is the book for you.

5. Such a Pretty girl by Laura Wiess
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This book is slightly weird for a different reason, there’s no psychopaths or drugs, the villain in this novel is a pedophile. “They promised Meridith nine years of safety, they only gave her three. Her father is coming home from prison today, her time is running out” This is another book I read in one sitting, it’s gripping and feels painfully real, the writing is gritty and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Meredith is on the run from her father who abuses her, any book about a pedophile is weird to read of course, but it was wonderful because of the characters strength and determination.

Hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Weird yet Wonderful books, have you got any novels that you like that fit into this category? I would love to know. Thanks for reading. Katie x

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