Top Ten Most Unique Books

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

List by Danielle

1. The Giver - It seems pretty cliche now, but back in 1993 when dystopian novels meant Nineteen Eighty-Four or Brave New World? The Giver blew my adolescent mind. Nowadays, every other book uses a totalitarian government as a metaphor for the importance of the individual, but this was the first time that lesson had been aimed at me. Very impactful and unique.

2. Cinnamon and Gunpowder - I love a book I can’t pin down. Part travelogue/foodlogue, part epistolary romance, part historical action adventure, I’ve never read a book told in quite the same way.

3.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - No one does it like Adams.

4. Mistborn - This book has one of the most fleshed out, interesting magic systems in fantasy. The only things that come close are the shard-systems in other Sanderson books. 

5. A Game of Thrones - While the worldbuilding and writing aren’t unique, I can’t deny the effect (19 year old spoilers!) Ned’s death had on the genre. It was certainly the first time I’d had to experience the death of the main character and it painted fantasy in shades of grey forever.

6. Beyond Heaving Bosoms - This book is an absolutely hilarious dissection of the romance novel genre. It’s insanely smart and insightful and it features MadLibs and a board game.

7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - I didn’t love this one, but what it tried to do was so interesting. The book combines vintage photos with a supernatural plot to build something atmospheric and downright creepy.

8. Cruel Beauty - For a book that’s got a LOT of inspirations, (Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, and multiple Greek myths,) Cruel Beauty is undeniably distinct in the YA retellings genre and fantasy in general. 

9. Husbands - How often do we get a novel, or in this case a gorgeous graphic novel, about gay characters who aren’t struggling with being gay? This is a completely domestic look at a gay couple dealing with ordinary relationship issues. And that’s unique.

10. The Monster at the End of this Book - There’s a monster at the end of my list! But if we stop reading, the end never comes and there will be no monster. 

Oops, that actually was the end of the list. But that’s OK, because Grover.


  1. Great list :) I LOVE THE GIVER, such a brilliant book. I read Cruel Beauty and found it quite unique, but I didn't enjoy the book. My TTT.

  2. Oh Monster at the end of the book was my favorite as a kid!


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