Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a while, and it turned out I had some books for this week’s top ten, so off we go. This week the prompt is Top ten most unique books I’ve read. It can be anything; the main character is interesting, the writing, or anything else. So this is my list. And as always it is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
It was unique to me because it was like nothing I had ever read. The writing was just strange and different, and interesting. The story is sort of gruesome, and the things that happened were horrifying, and the book was also extremely compelling so I couldn’t stop reading it even thought I was sort of grossed out.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
It’s so poetic and gorgeous and lush and amazing. The story is interesting and beautiful and the writing is just amazing.

3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship ofher Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
For the amazing characters. September is interesting and beautiful. She’s funny and sweet. But mainly because of A-Through-L, or Ell. He is September’s friend and a Wyvern who believes he’s half Wyvern, half library. Anyone who has that good of an imagination is a friend in my book.

4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
And for that matter Sweetly. They are just really interesting retellings of fairy tales and I love fairy tales. I love them, and I thought Sisters Red was an amazing spin on Little Red Riding Hood.

5. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
It is friggin’ amazing. Because Emer is amazing, and dark, and creepy and awesome. And the story is delightful and exciting, the sort of mental breakdown of one of the side characters is so interesting and weird and amazing.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One; it’s gorgeous. Two; the story is told by Death, which is my favourite thing EVER, Death is awesome, his perspective is just amazing. Three; the book made me feel such sympathy for Germans during World War 2, and I had NO idea how I was supposed to deal with that information. I realize most Germans weren’t evil Nazis, but being from a country that was occupied during the war my history lessons about World War 2 told me how evil Germans were, so suddenly I had this flip and I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with how I felt. It was weird.

7. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
It’s just so weird, and creepy and dark and the writing is amazing and spectacular. And the mythology, and I don’t know how to talk about this book without becoming completely incoherent, I love it.

8. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Anything by Neil Gaiman is always interesting. Read Gaiman, seriously. I love mythology, because I’m a heathen, and I needed something to focus on in religious studies in grade school (which was compulsory in school). And I always found mythology interesting. Gaiman’s take on Gods and mythology is just really interesting. It might not be the best Gaiman book to start with if you’ve never read him, because you need time to get used to him, and it’s complex, but it’s awesome.

9. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I used to love Peter Pan when I was growing up, the Disney movie, I don’t think I read the book, but I am supposed to have it. This is a retelling of the story, with the focus on Tiger Lily and she’s fascinating. What I liked even more is that Tinker Bell tells the story, and she’s really, really interesting. And it’s a little weird, and I love weird books.

10. Let’s pretend this never happened by Jennifer Lawson
She is an amazing storyteller and she manages to tell any story, no matter how weird or sad, into something you laugh at. It’s really funny. And it’s not like any autobiography I’ve ever read, I loved it.