TTT: Top 10 Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week has a different theme.. all based around a top 10 list.  This week’s topic is the top ten unique books I’ve read.  Each of these is unique for different reasons.  This is a somewhat ambiguous topic, so I chose books that I felt stood out to me as having elements I’ve not seen in other books.  Did any of these make your list?  What did or would make your list?

  1.  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (My review)
  4. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  8. Magic America by C.E. Medford
  9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  10. Nicotine by Nell Zink (my review)



31 thoughts on “TTT: Top 10 Unique Books I’ve Read”

  1. Annoying grammar note–qualifiers should never be used with “unique.” Something is either unique, or it’s not.
    We can say that Gaiman’s books are different from other kinds of books, and try to define that difference.
    I agree that A Confederacy of Dunces is unlike other books I’ve read. What makes it stand out? I might say that it’s the protagonist’s disdain for everyone else.

    1. Jeanne, I didn’t create the meme, but am just playing along. The wording was slightly nagging me, but now that you’ve spelled out it’s obvious error I may need to change it. A “most unique” list is inherently annoying in and of itself as all books have unique characteristics.. a very subjective list this week. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Thanks! I wasn’t sure how I felt about this week’s topic, but reading other people’s list is turning out to be more interesting than I thought.

  2. Life After Life made my list too! Such a great concept. I just added The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to my TBR list. I hadn’t heard of that book before and it sounds really interesting. Thanks! My TTT.

  3. I have Life After Life on my TBR to get stuck into, and I loved Ocean At the End of The Lane. Great list – I went to see a reading of Alice last year at the British Library by various actors, which was just amazing; you’re right, it definitely stands out.

    1. It’s such an amazing book.. one I’d actually like to re-read! I highly recommend it. Mind you, not all the books on this list I would recommend.. some are just ‘unique.’

    1. I’ve seen it on a lot of lists. It’s always interesting to see what commonalities people’s lists share. I noticed you had The Book Thief on your list too. That, too, ended up on a lot of lists this week. I kept revising my list, but that was on my list at one point too.

  4. I am always looking for unique reads but I always find that I’m drawn to the thriller/suspense genre. I came across a really relevant and interesting novel recently called “The Persian Woman” by Thomas Booker. This is a military thriller that follows ex Navy Seal Jeffrey Quinn and his discovery of a journal that speaks about a potential terrorist attack that could kill thousands. When he brings the diary to the FBI a Muslim agent is put on the job and Jeffrey is immediately skeptical and unwilling to work with her. His wife was killed by a Jihadist and he holds a grudge against all Muslims. There is so much prejudice happening NOW in our world that I found this book to be extremely relevant and current and I think it would even be helpful to those who hold similar biased viewpoints against the Muslim religion. After finally giving in and working with the FBI agent he learns to respect and admire her and her culture. There are so many courageous Muslim-Americans who are every bit as opposed to tyranny and terror as the rest of us. Along with the positive message there is action, some violence, suspense and as I said before, some romance. You can read a bit more about the book on the Amazon page –
    It is definitely worth a read! I had not read a book like this before

    1. So, I absolutely loved that book, but have friends that feel the polar opposite. The writing is marvelous. As long as you can stomach the protagonist dying over and over again, you should like it. In a way it’s sort of magical or clairvoyant.. probably up your alley!

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