Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Most Unique Books

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Nothing's quite so great as having your reading expectations completely blown out of the water.  (Well, maybe some things are better... like world peace... but you know.)  Are you in the mood for something different and extraordinary?  Here are ten picks you might want to check out:

10. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray   
Probably the most bizarre and bizarrely wonderful take-no-prisoners book I've read in a while. 

9. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner
This book made me laugh and laugh with its clever retelling of classic fairy tales.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It's narrated by Death.  Doesn't get much more unique than that.

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This book felt so completely new that I still can't quite figure out what genre it is. 

6. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The premise is so thought-provoking and intriguing, I'm surprised there haven't been a million knock-offs.

5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
It might not seem so unique now, since there have been so many other fantasy novels written in fictional lands that look a lot like Middle Earth, but this was the first of its kind.  Tolkien invented entire species, complete with languages and cultures and histories, within his incredibly imaginative trilogy.

4. The Children of Men by P.D. James
The human race has gone infertile.  Even with the dystopia boom that has gone on lately, this story still stands alone as the most unique (and chilling and creepy and engrossing!) tale in its genre.  According to me, anyway.

3. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Hamlet as told by two minor side charaters.  Sort of.  (The film is also really phenomenal.)

2. Watt by Samuel Beckett
I've never read a book like this before.  It took me a long time to decide whether or not that was a good thing.   (Spoiler: I think yes.)

1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
A look into the fight between good and evil for the souls of humankind, as told from evil's POV.  Definitely read this, whether you are Christian or religious or not.

What's the most unique book you've ever read?


  1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is on my list too! :) Here's my TTT
    Thanks for sharing! ~ Maddy

    1. Sweet! Looking forward to checking out the rest of your list!

  2. I have to admit that out of all of these I have only read The Book Thief. I am surprised I missed that off my list, a truly unique read. I am excited to read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I like the look of that one. Great picks :) My TTT.

    1. The Book Thief is definitely worth the read, but you've probably already heard that a million times! :) The film was really outstanding as well. I was very pleasantly surprised. Heading over to your list to see the rest of your picks now!


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