Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Topic: 10 Must Unique Books I’ve Read.
I love finding and reading unique books, it’s always a pleasant surprise and something I’m constantly looking for when I read books. There are times I enjoy something a little predicable or easy, but I much prefer books that make me think wow, that’s different. So, for this weeks TTT I thought up the best standalone books I can think of that are a combination of super unique, original, quirky, strange, otherworldly, startling etc, etc. Yaya!
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Murakami is well known for his weird, completely out of this world novels. At least, that’s how I see it based on the books of his I’ve read. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is probably the strangest book I’ve ever read and I love that about it. Half the time I had no idea what was going on, but there was a lot of fun in that.
Vurt by Jeff Noon
Noon’s Vurt is apparently not a standalone like I thought, but it deserves to be on this list as one as I’ve only read it and not its sequel. This book will make you think you’re high. That’s the only way I can explain it without giving anything at all away. I’ve never been high literally, but I think I might know what it feels like at least a little bit a from reading this book!
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Oh, wowie!! David Mitchell and his time-travelling, multi-character extravagances! I love The Bone Clocks. It’s a true masterpiece and so, so brilliantly bizarre and unexpected and clever. I have no words for how amazing this book is!
Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly
I’ve praised this book a few times on my blog already, and I must say it’s definitely up there with the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s the bleak, eerie setting that’s most unique about Anything That Isn’t This, alongside the fact that Priestly doesn’t at all hand you all the details you need to know to understand what exactly is going on. I think it’s really clever in a subtle and beautiful way.
All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
I have also blogged about this book a couple of times recently. All The Birds In The Sky is the perfect mix of magic, intrigue, quirky characters and a beautifully weird writing style. While I still have to say that too-fast unravelling of the story at its end disappointed me, it still deserves a spot on this list for it’s perfectly sarcastic humour, intelligently weird characters and unique plot.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Oscar Wao is one of my favourite fictional characters and this book is a masterpiece in diversity, humour and heartbreak, among other things. It deserves a spot on this list because I’ve never read anything quite like it and because Junot Diaz deserves all the praise.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
A novel by Jeffrey Eugenides just had to be on this list and I’m very happy for it to be The Virgin Suicides. I’ve never read a book like this before, for a lot of reasons whether it be the content in general or the fact that it’s told to us from an outsider, a character that we actually never meet. It’s an extraordinary piece of storytelling and I love it.
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Shades of Grey is young adult sci-fi at its best. I love the whole concept of a grey world with the different systems of colours, and just thinking about this novel makes me want to re-read it. When is the sequel coming omg??
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road is simply amazing. I can’t even. Just read it and you’ll know why it belongs on this list.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give You The Sun is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life and I love it to pieces. It’s my favourite YA book of all time. It’s amazing. Jandy Nelson has one of the most unique writing styles in existence and omgosh dnsdnfnwenfwenfjnfje. Seriously, this book!! How can I even begin to describe how brilliant it is!!
Watership Down by Richard Adams
I couldn’t really complete this list without also including a shout-out to my favourite book, Watership Down. I mean, it’s a book told from the perspective of rabbits! How more unqiue can you get?? 😀