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This topic this week is a Freebie, So I Picked:
Top Ten Unique Books
- Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow- This is the very first verse novel I ever read, and I loved it. I still remember picking it up, because obviously the cover looked like something my depraved mind would like, but the style is why I bought it.
- You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes- I don’t know if it was the first person narrative, the snark, or the fact that I was rooting for the narrator despite the fact that he was a psychopath, but it all adds up to a very unique read.
- Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn- Her book Down With the Shine is one of my favorite for the year, but where it’s fun and demented, Another Little Piece is dark and twisted and completely original. Quinn’s mind is a creepy wonderland, and I can’t wait to read more of her books!
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- you’re probably thinking: Kate, this book is on almost every list of yours, is it really that unique? Well, yes. I’ve never felt the way about any book that I do about this one. It’s pure magic.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- This is the book I’ve been recommending a lot. When I first read it, I recommended it to the Hubs, to my brothers. My book club read it. Now when people walk into the bookstore I work at and ask for something different, or something I loved, this is the book I hand them. It’s weird, because I’ve spent so much time as a book blogger and interacting with the bookish community, that I forget that not everyone is as aware of books as we are.
- Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King- he’s known for his horror and while I’d argue he’s more of a thriller writer, this book was the first King book that surprised me. I found a copy in my grandparents’ attic (my grandfather once drove a bookmobile because they lived in a teensy tiny town that still doesn’t have a library, and he was the last one to do it, so their attic had tons of books in it. Yes, it was magical). I loved the story teller narration, the adventure and the gorgeous drawings. Other than The Princess Bride (which, dammit, I should have added to the list!), it’s unique in the adult fairytale genre.
- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper- this was probably the first laugh out loud book that I ever read that also managed to be sexy. Seriously, it’s hard to find a book that can be funny and hot. And not just a little funny, but laugh so hard you pee your pants. Really, any of her books could have made this list.
- The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro- this is probably the first memoir-like book I picked up as an adult and on purpose. I never read non-fiction all that much (I’m much more into it now), but this was in the humor section. Notaro is hilarious, and this book helped me realize that being an adult didn’t mean I had to have a clue about anything.
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters- this is the book that my book club compares all books with twists in them to. And it’s rare we find the twists “Fingersmith” worthy.
- Lonely Werewolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch #1) by Martin Millar- the book is about a clan of Scottish werewolves, and main character Kalix is addicted to laudanum. And then there’s fire elementals and faeries and… it’s just really crazy. Millar might not be for everyone (my friend Courtney is still mad I made her read his book Lux the Poet), but I love that it’s weird and insane and unlike other books.