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3 Books to Pick Up When You’re Sick Reading the Same Plot

Your taste can be both a blessing and a curse. You know what you like so you pick up books like your last read. But do you ever find yourself getting exhausted by the same plot twists or character miscommunications? You’ve read enough of divorce-finding-yourself or child-disappears-in-a-small-town or bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold-stories? 

These books will mix up your TBR pile and your reading taste buds. 

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Maybe you’ve read a book about a young female software engineer living in San Francisco. Maybe you’ve read a book about a person obsessed with baking. But have you read a novel about both? 

Lois Clary is a lonely software engineer who has recently moved to San Francisco. Her job at a robotics company trying to imitate human movement is tiring and isolating. She rarely talks to anyone outside of work — except for the two brothers who operate a hole-in-the-wall soup and sourdough shop. She orders from them every night. 

When the brothers have to leave unexpectedly, they gift her their sourdough starter. Then Lois, who has never baked in her life, begins her sourdough obsession. 

Sourdough combines the two worlds of sourdough fermentation baking and animatronic robotic coding in an entertaining story about a hobby overtaking your life. Told through Sloan’s charming prose, the plot pushes forward into an unexpected place of adventure no reader could anticipate. 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

A giant robot statue appears on April May’s walk home. She thinks it’s just some weird New York City thing. She calls her friend to see and they film a funny Youtube video interviewing the statue, naming it Carl. 

The next morning, they’ve gone viral. Turns out Carl isn’t just in New York City. He’s in every major city across the world. No one saw them go up. No one is claiming credit. The only information they have is April’s video. She becomes the face of the mystery. 

Green’s debut is the most contemporary book I’ve read years. Questions around internet fame, the news cycle, and what it means to be human in the twenty-first century are tackled head-on and with expertise. 

More Than This by Patrick Ness

The weirdest of the bunch, More Than This, opens with its protagonist, Seth, drowning. Then he wakes up. He’s naked in a tube, with needles and liquid covering him, but he’s alive. When he walks outside everything is dead and deserted. 

He might be in heaven. He might be in hell. He might be in a post-apocalyptic world. He might not be alone. 

Ness’s puzzle of a book is best approached with little information known to the reader. I wouldn’t even recommend reading the back of the book jacket. Know that you’ll be in for a ride that backpedals, side-steps and guns toward your expectations. 

If you think you know where it’s going, you don’t. Whether you’re a serial romance reader or a fantasy fiend, any of these picks will mix up your reading life. These are the types of books you will force your friends to read. You will need someone to talk to about them. They’re that good and that weird. 

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