Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This week’s prompt is all about unique books! I decided to go the route of books that I’ve read that were unique – at least to me. I’ll probably be listing books that have unique plots, but I’ll also try to list books that have other unique parts about them that I liked.

The Books

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

snow child

This book is inspired/ a fairy tale retelling, but I loved that it was a retelling of a Russian folk tale rather than one already taken over by Disney. Paired with a little history in the 1920’s wild of Alaska and you have a unique read.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Dystopia is not unique to me anymore, but this one rife with great pop culture references and the plot made up for it and gave it a unique spot in the genre.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer


I really liked the direction that he took to make this a science fiction. Plus his writing was great!

Fight Club by Chuck 

fight club

I’m not sure I know how to describe the uniqueness of this book for me. It just is. And I love it.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


This book was such a great read! It takes another interesting science fiction type route that I thought worked really well.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ivory bone

Simply because this took place during a time when mammoths were still alive. It was refreshing. Plus she wrote it second person – our main character was telling the story to another main character.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley


While the paranormal/ supernatural world living side by side our reality is not new, I thought the plot and the characters were great. It’s an interesting mix of X-Men and the Bourne Identity with a little Buffy thrown in. All things that create something unique for me.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Not only did I find this book to be beautifully written, but I definitely think the way it was written, the plot, and how everything transpired made it unique for me.

Spark by John Twelve Hawks


A different take on where our future may be going paired with a very unique main character.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski 


This book is more weird and creepy, but the way it’s written and how it’s a story within a story within a story definitely allows it to make this list!

So those are my unique reads for this week! It’s interesting to think about what really makes a book unique for a reader since I can only assume that it may be different for each reader.

Have you read any of these? Any of these unique to you too?


19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books I’ve Read

  1. I have heard amazing things about Ready Player One, but the fact that it was Dystopian made it blend into the background. But I am glad to hear it has unique aspects to it, defs adding it to my TBR!

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    • Yes! I really enjoyed it and a big part was because of the pop culture references. You get a feel for the dystopian world, but the setting takes place while the character is in the virtual world. Happy reading!

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  2. I almost included the Night Circus. That one was unique to me because it felt like a magical realism story when it’s really a fantasy and I’ve never before encountered a story like that.
    And yes to House of Leaves. I haven’t read it, but from what I’ve heard, it sounds like a unique read.

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