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7 Offbeat Funny Fiction Novels Featuring Quirky Characters

Posted about 30 days ago by April S

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Welcome to our funny fiction series. We're highlighting a variety of appeal factors or elements of humorous fiction to help our readers find that next great read (and hopefully a few laughs along the way).

What are you in the mood to read right now? Do you like entertaining books that are less mainstream? If so, you're in luck, because the books in this blog post feature quirky characters with an offbeat tone.

Exploring Appeal Factors

What are Quirky Characters?

quirky person is someone who is thought of as unusual - in an interesting way. Quirky characters are typically eccentric and idiosyncratic. They add charm and humor to the stories they appear in and their behavior often ranges from the peculiar to bizarre to whimsical.

What is an Offbeat Tone?

Offbeat means different from the ordinary, usual or expected. An offbeat tone is conveyed through plot twists, off the wall humor and unique personalities. Books with an offbeat tone include stories that are unconventional or unusual in some way.

Humorous Books featuring Quirky Characters and an Offbeat Tone

1. The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The book of Polly : [a novel] / Kathy Hepinstall

Ten-year-old Willow Havens resolves to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother in order to keep them both alive and learn the truth about her mother's long-secret past.

Amazon: 4.6* | Goodreads: 4.04*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous fiction
Characters: Quirky, Sassy
Tone: Offbeat
Writing style: Engaging

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
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Roseborough by Jane Roberts Wood
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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
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The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll
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2. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen ; translated by Hester Velmans

The riotous journal of an octogenarian who is far from reaching the end of his life traces a year in his care home in Amsterdam, revealing the ups and downs of his misadventures with the anarchic "Old-But-Not-Dead Club" and a longtime crush whom he courted to devastating effect.

Amazon: 4.5* | Goodreads: 3.88*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous fiction
Characters: Quirky
Writing style: Engaging

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A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
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The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
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Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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3. The Relive Box: And Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Relive Box: And Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

A collection of one dozen short stories includes the title piece, in which a "relive box" allows users to re-experience almost any moment from their past, and "The Five-Pound Burrito," in which a man aspires to make the town's largest burrito.

Amazon 4.5* | Goodreads 3.69*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous stories
Character: Quirky
Tone: Offbeat

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Uncommon Type : Some Stories by Tom Hanks
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Viral : Stories by Emily Mitchell
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Notwithstanding : Stories from an English village by Louis de Bernieres
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100 years of the best American short stories / edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor
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4. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. "New York Times" bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

Amazon: 4.4* | Goodreads: 3.81*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous stories
Genre: Romance
Characters: Quirky
Tone: Offbeat
Writing style: Witty

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Britt-Marie was here : a novel / Fredrik Backman
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Young Jane Young : a novel / Gabrielle Zevin
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Still me / Jojo Moyes
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The windfall : a novel / Diksha Basu
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5. Swimming With Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis

Swimming With Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis

Fired from his ESPN job after one too many public humiliations, a charismatic gambler reevaluates his circumstances while outmaneuvering the police and a murderous bookie, only to receive an unexpected inheritance that triggers his effort to win back his ex in accordance with a misremembered ending of "The Great Gatsby."

Amazon: 4.3* | Goodreads: 3.59*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous fiction
Character: Flawed
Tone: Offbeat
Writing style: Engaging

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Dorothy Parker drank here : [a novel] / Ellen Meister
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Then we came to the end : a novel / Joshua Ferris
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A Long way down / Nick Hornby
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The Last Time I Saw You : a novel / Elizabeth Berg
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6. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Izzy Spellman, a twenty-eight-year-old amalgamation of Nancy Drew and Bridget Jones, launches her career as a private investigator while working for the firm of her outlandishly dysfunctional family.

Amazon 4.1* | Goodreads 3.88*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Humorous Stories
Genre: Mystery
Character: Quirky
Storyline: Character-driven
Tone: Funny, Offbeat, Upbeat

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One for the Money by Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum novels, book 1
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Liar Liar by K.J. Larsen
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The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
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Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak
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7. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency by Douglas Adams

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

Amazon: 4.3* | Goodreads: 3.97*

Appeal Factors

Genre: Science Fiction
Genre: Humorous stories
Characters: Quirky
Tone: Funny
Writing sytle: Witty

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How to live safely in a science fictional universe / Charles Yu
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The Big over easy : a nursery crime / Jasper Fforde
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Space opera / Catherynne M. Valente
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The peripheral : a novel by William Gibson
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