Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks theme is Top Ten most unique books I’ve read.
I had a lot of fun with this one because it took me beyond the universe of all the books I’ve been reading lately and reminded me of some of the amazing gems I’ve encountered along my bookish journey over the years.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Rebecca Skloot.
This is the mind blowing true story of HeLa cells, the first immortal cell line that literally shaped medicine as we know it. (Seriously guys check out the link.) And of Henrietta Lacks the very real,very unaware (and coincidentally non-consenting) tissue donor who suffered and died from the cervical cancer that the immortal cell line was derived from. This book is an amazing (unique) read even if you have no idea what telomeres are. It asks tough questions about medical ethics, life, death, society and racism all in a very readable and relatable way.
Oh and hey BTW speaking of medical ethics……..
Unwind: Neal Shusterman
I just finished this one over the weekend and it was far and away one of the weirdest most disturbing YA dystopia/Sci-fi/Speculative fiction (I’m not actually sure where it fits) books I have ever read. But WOW!! Wowwowowowowowowowowow….When was the last time you read a book that made your heart race?? Before this one I honestly can’t remember but there was a chapter in this book that described an unwinding and my heart felt like it would leap out of my chest! I still haven’t totally worked out all my feelings over here and I’ll discuss this book more sometime in the near future but suffice it to say I’ve already started the second. As uniqueness goes this one is floating all alone in the sea of other books in it’s genre (whatever that is) on a Frankenstein boat of nightmares.
Speaker for the Dead: Orson Scott Card
This is the second book in the Ender’s series and while I loved Enders Game this one was certainly more “Unique” a little less scifi a little more philosophy. Just the concept of a “Speaking for the Dead” is uniquely captivating and the story is an incredible continuation of Andrew Wiggins’ story (just DON’T READ Xenocide unless you enjoy bashing your head against walls…It’s also Unique but it tears poor Ender’s life apart AGAIN and I DID NOT NEED THAT!!!!!…Apparently I’m still bitter about it.)
A Wrinkle in Time: Madeline L’engle
This is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. It has like 10 cover designs but I chose this one because it’s the version I carried around with me everywhere I went when I was in 5th grade. In the years since then I have read this book many times over and I never cease to be amazed by how intelligent it is. Madeline L’engle taught me the value in never speaking down to children. Years later when I found myself fascinated in concepts of theoretical physics, worm holes, string theory etc. (despite my general suckishness when it comes to math) I would never forget that L’engle sparked my curiosity.
In fact without A Wrinkle in Time I never would have read…..
The Universe in a Nutshell: Stephen Hawking
Guys, this book is SO COOL. Hawking did not write this for physicists… he wrote it for all the rest of us who may or may not have any knowledge of physics beyond F=ma and just want to delve a little deeper into the fabric of our existence. Plus it’s got great pictures!
The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern. (Is that her real name?? If it is it’s BADASS! If it’s not I’m still a fan.)
khgkjhdaf’ghoierhg’lidfh’ljijsgknSLKDGhhuoeuh thats how I feel about this book. All soft and melty and stuff. Aggghhhhh it’s just SO gorgeous and mystical and awesome and beautiful and jsgkjhs’ghoihgslh no. words. none. Actually, that’s pretty unique for me…. 😉
Born on a Blue Day: Daniel Tammet
This book was written by a man with autism and unique is probably the very best word to describe it. This man’s brain is singular and extraordinary. I am still astounded by his description of the way words and numbers appear to him. If you ever get a chance to read this one…Do. It will change the way you look at the world.
Lord of the Rings (Trilogy): J.R.R. Tolkien (obviously)
I’m going with unique because this trilogy is basically the bible of fantasy. Tolkien created a hugely complex universe that spawned a million billion others that made my life a better (more unique) place.
Anything by Christopher Moore: A Dirty Job, Lamb the Gospel According to Biff and Coyote Blue are 3 of my favorites.
This guy is completely nuts… But everything he writes is thoughtful, intuitive and oh yeah HILARIOUS. Unique does not even begin to describe him.
Odd Thomas: Dean Koontz
Ummmmmm… this characters name just about sums it up, yeah? But I’ve got to tell you that this beautiful, sad & terrifying little story about a short order cook who also happens to be the sweetest guy you ever did meet with supernatural senses is worth reading. Oh Odd… I just want to hug him.
So that’s my list…
What was on your list? Did it surprise you? Anything on my list you loved or you’re just dying to read??