Not all books are crafted equally. Some are short, some are long, some have chapters and some are one big long paragraph (I’m looking at you, Thoreau).

I’ve read a few bizarrely formatted books in my time and am currently reading one written entirely in lists. There are bits of long prose thrown in between the long, single-word lists, but every page is headed with a description and a number of what the list will reveal about the characters.

It’s a new kind of reading experience. You have to pay attention a bit more to all the bits and pieces of information you are being given in this fragmented way and then put them together to form a complete character in your mind.

What quirky books have you read and what did you think of them? Did you like them, were they too confusing to read, are they going to be the next big thing among authors everywhere? Let us know!

If you’re looking for something new and different to read that will challenge you as a reader, check out some of these books.

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S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

House of leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Hold me closer

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan (available March 17th)

Insane

Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy (available March 24th)

~Renee

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