Top Ten Unique Books

Today’s topic is a really fun one – most unique books I’ve read. I’ve read some very unique (both good and bad) over the years, and here are the most bizarre of them:

1. Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo – This very well be the most unique/bizarre book I’ve ever read. The title pretty much says it all. (Personal Verdict: Thumbs Down)

2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – This is magical realism, and it’s not the food-emotion-synesthesia that I find unique here. Laura Esquival did that prior (and better imo) in Like Water for Chocolate. It was the chair leg bit of Lemon Cake – readers will know what I mean, those who haven’t read it will have to take it on faith less I spoil the book – that was particularly unique. (PV: Thumbs Down)

3. Metropole by Ferinc Karenthy – Man takes airplane to an unknown city where no one can communicate. Hungarian modern classic in the vein of Kafka (also super unique!). (PV: Thumbs Up!)

4. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – Actually most of Sanderson is fairly unique. The man has amazing ideas about magic systems. But Warbreaker is the one I feel is most unique, given that the magic is built around color and breath. (PV: Thumbs Up!)

5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – I can’t even begin to describe the weirdness of this graphic novel. The plotlines converge is startling ways. Some people love the book, others despise it, all seem to find it very unique. (PV: Thumbs Down)

6. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – It’s Jasper Fforde. He could fill an entire top ten list of Unique. (PV: Thumbs Up!)

7. Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry – The sidekick in this detective graphic novel is not someone you’d expect. One of the oddest books I’ve ever read. (PV: Still undecided and it’s been eight years)

8. The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero – This is another of those books where just about anything and everything comes out of the blue. This time, they all come together in really awesome ways. (PV: Thumbs Up!)

9. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – There’s nothing new about CYOA books, but to use that format for autobiography, including fictional dead-end paths, is downright awesome. (PV: Thumbs Up! Mostly.)

10. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro – WTF????? That’s pretty much what I felt the entire time I read this book, long before I began blogging. (PV: Thumbs Down)

So have you read any of these? Interested in trying any of them now? Disagree with my thumbing?


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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4 Responses to Top Ten Unique Books

  1. Ellie says:

    I love Jasper Fforde! I guess I didn’t include his as I’ve read so many books with magical booky worlds recently, I forgot how unique he used to be.

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  2. I’ve seen Jasper Fforde on a lot of lists today, including my own! Great post! 🙂

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  3. Kristen M. says:

    I’ve read three of these and will be reading American Born Chinese before the end of the month. And now I want to reread The Supernatural Enhancements. Maybe my RIP reads this year will all be rereads. That would be fun!


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