Top Ten Unique Reads

This week’s prompt at The Broke & the Bookish is top ten unique reads. These books are prettyvaried, but I definitely consider them all unique in one way or another! Putting this list together wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be at first.

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1. All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

If has to be one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. I love it so much, and every time I think about how underrated it is I get a little sad. More people should be picking this up! A steampunk mashup of The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night? COME ON! The setting, characters, plot and romance are all fantastic. Read it read it read it.

2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl Goodreads / Amazon

I finally got around to this one at the beginning of the year, and it is definitely going to make an appearance on my best of 2014 list at the end of the year. This book is SO WEIRD and creepy and fascinating. You have totally never seen characters like these. Nope. A reclusive, mysterious horror film director + a desperate reporter equals one heck of a story.

3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

Deadly water horses, you guys! So original and wonderful. The beautiful writing and setting in this one completely wrapped me up into the story.

4. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman Goodreads / Amazon

A Holocaust graphic novel using cats and mice, and the first graphic novel I ever read.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

Like The Scorpio Races, this one is unique because of the rich, vivid setting. The creepily beautiful circus depicted here is miles away from the craptastic carnival that hits my hometown every year, that’s for sure.

6. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Goodreads / Amazon

I’m pretty proud of myself for finally reading my first Vonnegut this year – and I’ve read several since then. This one hooked me because of how awesomely weird it is. Drawings of assholes, Vonnegut describing how he is writing himself into the story so he can talk to his fictional main characters…sigh. Mind blown.

7. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough Goodreads / Amazon

This one is definitely unique in a different way than the rest of the books on this list. It is a 1000+ page chunkster set in Ancient Rome with a massive glossary, but it’s technically not non-fiction! It kinda straddles the line in a really awesome way.

8. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey Goodreads / Amazon

I usually roll my eyes when I see what books adults think their children shouldn’t be reading. But uh, yeah. This one is probably for the grown ups. Great worldbuilding (and I mean GREAT) meets really intriguing characters and politics and religion and…BDSM. And sex. and BDSM. But mostly in a calculating, businessy way – this isn’t gratuitous porn by any means, but it is graphic. It’s also pretty awesome, and I recommend it a lot to fantasy fans.

9. Chime by Franny Billingsley Goodreads / Amazon / My Review

Super bewitching and eerie narrators for this win! This book is hard to describe, but if you love swamps and quirky, odd, sad, scary witchy things…you should be reading this! Definitely another underrated read.

10. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Goodreads / Amazon

Ever since reading this in 2009, I have recommended it to about a million people. Prepare to meet the most sarcastic and hilarious band of thieves ever created in an incredibly complex and interesting world.

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