Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Books Most Unique Books I’ve Read
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: I’ve never seen another book acknowledge so poignantly that adults are oftentimes unfair to children.
2. Journey by Aaron Becker: A beautiful picture book (without words) featuring a lonely girl who draws her way into a magical world.
3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: It’s easy to forget how original this story really is now that we have so many derivatives. But I contend that it still remains unique in focusing on a spiritual battle–the war is won through mercy rather than through strength of arms.
4. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis: In which the story is told in reverse.
5. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien: I can’t imagine anyone else managing to write a book like this–a vast narrative told in high language and featuring a huge cast of characters with several names each–and actually have it published.
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: Narrated by a teen with Asperger syndrome.
7. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: Dante managed to cram in just about everything in this poem. Everything.
8. The Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton: Featuring a priest who solves mysteries!
9. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Stream-of-consciousness is always a unique experience.
10. Paradise by Toni Morrison: Shifting timelines and a bit of magical realism make this an interesting (to say the least) read.