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Today’s topic is: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Some books just feel different. You can describe it. You can barely explain it. They are special. They are unique.

Here are some of the most unique books I’ve ever read.



1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

This book was a new experience for me. It is sci-fi, fantasy, and fairy tale all rolled up into one.Cinder by Marissa Meyer


2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’ve blogged about this book and author many times before. This story is a story within a story. Kvothe is telling his life story to a scribe. The narrative switches between current day and Kvothe’s story. The whole while, we, as the readers, are wondering “how did you end up here?!”

Name of the Wind cover

3. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

It’s been years since I read this one, but it was weird. Capital W weird. If you’ve seen the movie, you have an idea. But believe me, the book is even stranger.


4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is another book written in such a way that you’re really not sure what’s happening. What is real? What is not? Whew. I need reread this one again. I should track down the friend I lent it to.


5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The award for wackiest characters and situations definitely goes to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter. The Queen of Hearts? Croquet with hedgehogs and flamingoes? Yup. This one is unique.


6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How many books narrated by Death have you read?


7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Horror books for…kids? It’s a weird concept to me and something I never, ever would have read when I was young. As an adult, I thought this book with it’s creepy, flipped version of Coraline’s world was super interesting and like nothing I’d ever read before. (Also, if you’re into audiobooks, Neil Gaiman does an amazing job narrating this one.)


8. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

It’s been a long time since I read these books, but they are a prime example of the unreliable narrator. Possibly the most unreliable narrator I’ve ever read. And, they are full of snark – which I love.


9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Based on the cover, I thought this book would be a happy, fairly feel-good book. I picked it up from the library without actually reading the back cover. When I did read it, I realized it was not a happy book. It’s about a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered. And then she narrates this story, after she’s dead. That’s right, this book is narrated by a dead girl who is watching how her family and neighbourhood deal with her death.


10. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Hilarious and unexpected are two words to describe this book. First, it’s about a hundred-year-old man. Second, he goes on quite the adventure that involves explosives, thievery, and murder. All because he didn’t want to go to his nursing home birthday party.


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What unique books have you read?

  1. what a fun post! I will definitely check out The Name of the Wind. From what you described, the format/story-telling style sounds exactly like a new book I read recently (The Bone Witch) and I loved it. The style is so engaging and wonderfully mysterious.

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