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Below, you’ll find a small selection of books featuring odd, quirky and likable characters.
Library Books You’re Gonna Love
Novels with Quirky and Likable Characters
Appeal: Intricately plotted, fast paced and creepy
Edinburgh’s most famed detective duo—”Nine-Nails” McGray and Inspector Ian Frey—face their most metaphysical mystery yet, as they investigate a series of crimes surrounding the miraculous waters in the remote Loch Maree.
Appeal: Funny, quirky and engaging
Tasked with their Swedish police department’s most unusual cases, lead detective Ulf Varg and his colorful associates investigate a bizarre stabbing, a missing imaginary boyfriend, and a haunted spa.
Appeal: Upbeat, quirky and engaging
Quiet school librarian Charlotte finds herself filling in for her glamorous twin sister who falls ill with a face-altering allergic reaction the night before a beauty pageant.
Appeal: Amusing, thought-provoking and engaging
After Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother, he becomes entangled with a group of leftists and is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid.
Appeal: Character driven, engaging and quirky
In this re-telling of Jane Austen’s classic, Persuasion, an English professor in California fighting for tenure experiences a huge setback when her first love and ex-fiancé is hired as the college’s new president.
Appeal: Heartwarming, romantic and descriptive
Prescribing books that offer therapeutic benefits to his customers, a literary apothecary in a floating bookstore on the Seine struggles with private heartbreak before embarking on a journey of healing at the side of a blocked writer and a lovelorn chef.
Appeal: Intricately plotted, leisurely paced and web of connections
Collecting things dropped or left behind by others and writing stories about them as a tribute to the fiancée who died the day he lost one of her keepsakes, a man bequeaths his estate to his unsuspecting assistant, who bonds with new neighbors while attempting to reunite the objects with their owners.
Appeal: Character-driven, moving and witty
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
Appeal: Humorous stories, character-driven and upbeat
When a hot air balloon ride ends with a sea landing and an unexpected rescue from a North Korean ship, one hundred-year-old Allan Karlsson and his sidekick Julius find themselves in the middle of a diplomatic crisis of epic proportions.
10. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Appeal: Humorous stories, upbeat and engaging
When they learn they will live another sixty-eight years together, Sylvie and Dan plan to create little surprises for each other to keep their relationship fresh, but a scandal from the past reveals how little they truly know about one another.
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Check out these blog posts:
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10 Genuinely Funny Funny Fiction Books You’re Sure to Love
10 Entertaining Novels That Will Put a Smile on Your Face
If the novels featured below fail to hit the mark – I would highly recommend trying Give 3 Get 3.
What’s Give 3 Get 3?
Give 3 Get 3 is a personalized reading/listening/viewing recommendation service provided by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Basically, librarians provide customers with reading, listening and/or viewing suggestions based on a short questionnaire. Tell us about 3 titles you enjoyed recently (and why) and we’ll send you back 3 more recommendations based on your responses.