Top Ten Tuesday. Unique books.


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.)

TheNightCircuskhgkjhdaf’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??

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10 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday. Unique books.

  1. tpolen says:

    You have a few on your list I’ve been wanting to read – Unwind, The Night Circus, and the Christopher Moore books. I read the first couple of Odd Thomas, but have fallen behind. So many books and so little time!

    • lilajune says:

      Unwind is an incredibly fast paced read, and even though it is beyond disturbing I really loved the way it made me think. Ahhhhhhhhhh The Night Circus…So very different from Unwind but I buy it for everyone it’s just one of those books that stole my heart.
      I adore Christopher Moore..while those 3 are at the top of my list I’ve read everything he’s written and I don’t think you can go wrong with him (just pick your favorite title “island of the sequined love nun” perhaps and go).
      I’m behind in the Odd series too….But I hear it’s coming to a close 😦 so I’ve got to catch up!! but like you said So.Many. Books…..No. Time. bleh!

  2. Anne says:

    I definitely could have included The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on my list but was limiting down to 5 and wanted to give some notice to books I haven’t mentioned before. But that book blew my mind a little, like I couldn’t believe what the industry was able to get away with.

    • lilajune says:

      No kidding!! I think I was most floored by the fact that her family had been kept in the dark for so long…that people had made fortunes (and still do) on medical research with HeLa cells while her family was living in poverty. I was also moved by the philosophical questions the family had about what it meant for their mother’s cells to still be “alive”….
      I have given this book to so many people and everyone who reads it is blown away. I’m so glad you share my love for this one!!

  3. Some good books here. I love the Unwind series, it’s so crazy to think about! After I finished the last one I read an article about the first successful double arm transplant, and was like “OMG, it’s happening!!” I also loved The Night Circus, I can’t wait until she comes out with something new. I need to pick up A Wrinkle in Time again, haven’t read that one since middle school but I remember loving it. And you are better than I am with all the LOTR books, I have had those on my shelf since high school and still only read The Hobbit, I leave those to my husband. As always, some great book on your list!

    • lilajune says:

      Yes!! I know exactly what you mean about Unwind… The day after I finished we were talking about stem cell donation and transplants at work and I couldn’t help but think if Happy Jack camp!! I’m glad you loved the whole series I was worried they wouldn’t be as great as the first!
      A Wrinkle in Time is really great to revisit as an adult… You pick up on such different things .. That one might be one of my Desert Island books 😉 It might be sacriligous to admit but the LOTR movies are really pretty amazing… If you never make it through those books but saw the movies I don’t think you’re missing too too much (oh god they’re coming for my fantasy fan girl membership cars aren’t they??)
      I’m so glad you like my lists!!! Thank you for checking it out 🙂

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  5. Great to hear such a feels-y reaction from Unwind. It’s been on my TBR for quite sometime and I can totally see it’s uniqueness from the premise alone. Definitely a good break from the generic dystopia’s.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • lilajune says:

      I’m really stuck in the Dystopia genre right now..and for the most part I’m still enjoying it. But you are absolutely right that this one is just extraordinary in a uniquely horrific way. If you’re anything like me your TBR shelf is overflowing but if you get a chance this one is definitely worth reading…I know I’d love to hear what you think of it!!!

  6. Ashley says:

    Great list! Most of them are new to me, but how could I forget A Wrinkle in Time?

    Unwind sounds really intriguing…I’ll be adding that to my TBR list right now!

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