Quirk Books 2016 Reading Challenge

Posted by Jamie Canaves

While everyone works on keeping their getting-fit, eating-healthy, saving-the-world resolutions (us too) we're working on our TO BE READ list with our homebrewed Quirk Books Reading Challenge. That's right, 12 months and 12 book challenges. We feel all Rory Gilmore book excited!

January: A Comic Book

We’ve come a long way from the days of comics being for geeks because now everyone realizes how awesome comics and geeks are (and have always been). From our long-loved superheroes to autobiographical comics you have A LOT to choose from. And if you’re anything like us you’ll probably read a lot more than just one.

Watson and Holmes- A Study in Black by Karl Bollers

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

DayBlack by Keef Cross

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones

Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick


February: A Play on Words Title

From article titles that catch your attention to ads you remember, word play and puns are everywhere. For February, we’re looking at book titles because the clever ones seem to always stick with us.

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

Android Karenina Ben H. Winters

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley

Coreyography by Corey Feldman

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski


March: Totally Awesome ‘80s! inspired by My Best Friend’s Exorcism

While we may feel bad about all that Aqua Net we released into the air, we still love the decade of huge hair, Trapper Keepers, The Goonies, and Debbie Gibson. And there’s a lot of literature to choose from: ‘80s actor’s memoir/fiction; written in the ‘80s and still awesome; novel/comics set in the ‘80s.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCartney

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Just Can't Get Enough: Toys, Games, and Other Stuff from the 80's That Rocked by Matthew Robinson

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon


April: Seeing Double!

Find a title that repeats the same word.

Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima, John Nathan (Translator)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Mighty, Mighty by Wally Rudolph

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds


May: Possessive Titles 

It’s mine all mine! *Insert evil laugh*

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! By Jonathan Evison

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Has Anyone Seen My Pants? By Sarah Colonna

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Piu Marie Eatwell


June: Urban/Modern Fantasy inspired by Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

This fantasy subgenre has all the amazing supernatural/magic elements but is set in the “real world” (not the MTV one) as opposed to a completely fictitious world. 

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

Living Violet by Jaime Reed

The Wind City by Summer Wigmore

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Tyler

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves


July: Chosen For The Cover

It’s the first thing you see! Whether you gravitate to book covers that are pretty, interesting, awesome, weird, funny, unique… when you’re done staring at it pick it up and read it.

Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Florynce "Flo" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

The Blue Girl by Laurie Foos

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

ULULU by Thalia Field

Yes Please by Amy Poehler


August: Set In A Country You’ve Never Visited

Seeing that we can’t just leave school/work whenever we want and travel the globe we agree with Jhumpa Lahiri: That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. So let’s travel!

Ayiti by Roxane Gay

Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

On the Outside Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life by Rupinder Gill


September: A Geeky Gal Book 

As lovers of all things geeky we like to read things in the geek world written for and by the geeks we love so this challenge is for any book with the word “geek” or written by a self-proclaimed geek, or about things usually labeled as geeky, or about a geeky character. BUT with a twist: these books are written by women because some people think there’s only room for boys in the geekdom and, well, can we get a Stephanie Tanner “How rude!”

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nichlson

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

Geek Nation by Angela Saini


October: ‘90s Nostalgia

It may feel like the ‘90s were just yesterday. But thanks to social media, we’re constantly reminded of '90s things that have had their *gulp* TWENTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY. 

Things I Can't Explain by Mitchell Kriegman

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher

Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

The Tao of Wu by The RZA

Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs by Lisa Loeb

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

Twintuition: Double Vision by Tamera and Tia Mowry


November: A Pop Culture Book You Never Read

It’s referenced so much you probably already know the entire plot—or saw the movie—but you’ve never actually read the book. 

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Stephen J. Dubner

Misery by Stephen King

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume


December: A Bookish Book

So much book love! Either something book related in the title, or a book on the cover, or the main character is a bookshop owner/librarian or a bibliophile—basically our favorite kinds of people.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translator)

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

In One Person by John Irving

The Position by Meg Wolitzer

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez