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Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the most unique books one has read. Admittedly, it was hard narrowing down this list to ten, but here they are:
Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – This is the first book I read from the author and to tell you the truth I wasn’t expecting it to discuss a lot of topics including World War II, quantum mechanics, Zen philosophy, climate change, the 2011 tsunami… I didn’t mind though. It was one of my favorite books last year. While many people have read a lot about World War II, this book offers a perspective from a reluctant Japanese soldier, who can’t make sense of the war’s purpose. It’s also the first book that made me say “SUPAPAWA” :) You can read my review here – This review contains itsy-bitsy SPOILERS.

Carrie by Stephen King – It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King. His book Carrie, for me, was the most unique, because of the character herself. She was bullied, tormented emotionally yet she fought back with her hidden abilities. I was a teenager when I read this so I guess it left an indelible impression on me. Every time someone mentions Carrie, my mind automatically snaps to that prom scene.

The Humans by Matt Haig – I love this book! The narrator is an alien who has taken human form, is extremely intelligent, and who is in control of technology and powers beyond human capacities. Yet he understands our human ways and likes to read Cosmopolitan and Emily Dickinson. It’s like The Terminator mixed with The Tooth Fairy. The reason why it’s so unique for me is that I do not usually read any book with aliens in them. I decided to read this after reading the reviews, so I thought I’d give it a try. This is the first book I reviewed in this blog and while the review lacks eloquence, you will no doubt sense how much I enjoyed this book :P

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker – Most of the events in the book happened in Burma, a place I’ve never been to. The love story between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl was beautiful. The writing was amazing. What made it so unique for me is the true love shared by the characters – selfless, unconditional, and can never be affected by time and distance… It’s also the first book I’ve read originally written in German (translated by Kevin Wiliarty). It was one of my favorite books last year.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – This one’s unique for me because it’s the first epistolary novel I’ve read. I know I’ve been gushing about it for weeks but time hasn’t changed anything. The characters are also quirky and unique in their own ways.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami– Another favorite author of mine, Haruki Murakami has written some of the weirdest, mind-bending and strange books I have ever read. I was tempted to add almost all of the books I’ve read from him but I settled with this one because it had the right elements to be the most unique: the time-travel, parallel worlds, characters like Aomame (the female protagonist) and Fuka-eri. It was a great read!

Watchmen by Alan Moore – Perhaps I found this unique because of the book’s overall theme of reaching deep into the psyche of heroes and masked crusaders who do not possess superhuman powers. It served not only to dissect their thoughts and NOT glorify their existence. I wasn’t expecting it to be so ‘deep’ and profound.

The BFG by Roald Dahl – This is one of my favorite books from Roald Dahl (another favorite author of mine). I’ve always thought that giants were scary and they would stomp at me when I lied (my mother should be stomped by a giant because it was her who told that lie – just kidding). But this giant is as gentle as can be, and friendly too. It was a fascinating book to read.

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto – I’ve read this three times already and every time I do, it doesn’t fail to draw me in again and again. This is the first Japanese literature that I’ve read and it was unique for me because it didn’t have any plot to begin with. It’s a story which marvels at the characters and stories. The ending is always something I think about after each reading.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson -This is the first Scandinavian literature I’ve read. For me it was unique because of the story (amazing!) and because of Lisbeth, the female protagonist. This book was absolutely brilliant.
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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

  1. Ooh. It’s so nice to see someone else with The Art of Hearing Heartbeats on their list. I absolutely loved the book. I agree with many of the books on your list! Great list.

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  2. Oh, The Humans is a great choice! It’s such a difficult book to explain to people and accurately get across what a wonderful novel it is.

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  3. I loved The GL and PPP Society. You’ve made me want to re-read it. There are some great books on this list- a few I already had on my TR list, but a couple of new ones, too. Thanks!

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  4. What a great list! Isn’t Guernsey the best? If you loved that, try Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. :)

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  5. Banana Yoshimoto! I have yet to read Lake, but I love her books. And while Carrie is not my favorite (I like his fantasy novels more), I’m a huge fan of Stephen King too. Oh, I have The Humans on my tbr and now I’m even more excited to get to it.
    Great list! :)

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    • Oh! I hope you get to read The Humans. It was a delight to read it :) I better check out Stephen King’s other books. It’s been a while since I read a book from him. I’ve read others books from her but The Lake and Kitchen are my favorites.

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  6. What a great list! I can’t believe I didn’t think of The Humans when I put mine together — I love that book! The BFG is so amazing. I think that was the first chapter book my son and I read together, and it was just right! (If you’ve never read it out loud to a kid, you should give it a try — it’s impossible not to laugh!) I STILL need to read A Tale for the Time Being. I picked up a copy when it came out… and it’s still sitting on my shelf.

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    • So great to know you also liked The Humans! That book made me laugh and shed some tears. How enlightening it is to see humans in the eyes of an alien! I loved The BFG so much! I think I’ll re-read it some day :) I hope you get to read Ruth Ozeki’s book some day. I know books are subject to our own preferences, but I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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