I know there isn’t supposed to be a superlative for unique, but anyways! This week with Top Ten Tuesday we discuss the most unique books we have read, be it because of the characters, the way it was written or the approach to the setting.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: well, the narrator is Death Incarnate. No, literally. And it is done so well.
2. Beauty’s Gift by Sindiwe Magona: it’s chick-lit about HIV. Maybe there are similar ones out there, but this is the only one of its kind that I have heard of.
3. Every Day by David Levithan: the main character is not a concrete person – every day, A wakes up in a different person’s body. Who thinks of that?? David Levithan, apparently (and it’s totally worth the read, by the way).
4. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – fantasy, magic, paranormal YA set in Nigeria. PLUS the MC has albinism. And it is not a poverty narrative. (Okorafor has also recently published a Sci-Fi novel set in Lagos, Lagoon, and I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it.)
5. Railsea by China Mieville – a dark and twisted world where the convoluted railways are akin to the ocean, and trains of all sorts haunt them, and men look for old treasures in the dangerous wasteland while others hunt for the giant moldywarpe. Again, WHO THINKS OF THIS?! (And again, fantastic read.)
6. The Big Necessity by Rose George – it’s a book about toilets. How much more unique can you get? It’s also hands down one of the best non-fictions that I have read.
7. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green – the narrator is an imaginary friend, and I loved that!
8. Deadlands by Lily Herne – so zombies are nothing new, but zombies in South Africa are! And the twist is pretty unique too. Still need to read the rest of the series…
9. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers – the whole book consists of notes between a mother and a daughter, posted on their refrigerator door. It is heart-rendering.
10. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – mixing two completely mythical creatures, one from Jewish mythology and the other Middle Eastern, was completely unprecedented in my mind. And bringing them together in New York, of all places.