Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Let’s face it: avid readers, like you and I, stumble across a lot of similar-sounding books and plots after so long. And that’s ok! Many authors are able to put their own twists on things, even if the idea wasn’t entirely original.
However, isn’t it refreshing when you read something that seems completely different from anything you’ve read before? Something, dare I say, unique? My answer is a whole-hearted yes! Which is why I’m digging the prompt for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday discussion: 10 of the most unique books I’ve ever read.
- Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
If you weren’t expecting this to be the first book I listed, then you must be new here! I feel like I constantly talk about how unique Vassa is, but it’s true. The whole story is so strange and magical and literally like nothing I’ve read before. I never get tired of saying it!
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The format of Illuminae on its own makes this one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. But I don’t read a ton of science fiction, let alone stories that take place entirely in outer space and in the company of sassy AI, so the story was different as well!
- This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Monsters that are created in the aftermath of people’s horrific deeds? I was immediately intrigued by the unique concept of this book, and August Flynn is quite a unique main character.
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that started out so realistically, and continued to feel realistic, even when things got entirely fantastic.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I listened to this on audio during long drives, and I would completely lose myself in the story and pure weirdness of everything that happened. Toward the end, I half-expected to run into a god-human at a gas station. I’m actually kind of interested to see what HBO does with this on-screen.
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
All of the different timelines, scenarios, and what I could only assume were hallucinations in this book definitely brought me to some weird places mentally.
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The vibe of this book was so deliciously sinister, and I love it even though it was relatively slow-moving. I also don’t read a lot of books focused on more than one queen, let alone queens who are sisters and aim to murder each other.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Entirely bonkers, I don’t think very many classics can top the uniqueness of Wonderland.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle
I read this book a long time ago, so many of the specific details are fuzzy. However, I know the aspects of time travel, characters, and other oddities completely blew my mind at the time.
- IT by Stephen King
Seriously, guys, what even was this book? I suppose, for me, it was 1,000+ pages of weird, clown-induced nightmares. Just thinking about it gives me a sense of dread not very many books have been able to top. I watched the trailer for the new movie recently, and it gave me goosebumps, which was unexpected but awesome.
What books do you consider unique?