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Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read

A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

"Unique." This is so hard! All the books I like have something about them that sets them apart, makes me enjoy them. But which books are "unique"? Well, here goes nothing...

Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read
  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - A futuristic, sci-fi, cyber-punk, fairy tale mashup with a touch of "magic."
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - A kid grows up in a graveyard, raised by ghosts.
  3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - A girl turned into an old woman, the vainest wizard in the world, a fire demon, and a house that moves, but is in multiple places at once and...yeah.
  4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - Alternate history WWI with fantastical creatures and machines, a cross-dressing airman, a dethroned price, and talking ferrets.
  5. The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones - An evil sect plays a never ending chess game with a universe of parallel worlds and sends people "taken out of play" stumbling through the worlds, trying to get home and not get eaten or die trying.
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - First person POV about a really serious topic from a character in constant struggle, but the tone feels light yet weighty. Tough feat, but Speak pulls it off.
  7. Dinotopia by James Gurney - Talking dinosaurs and centuries' worth of shipwrecked refugees coexisting peacefully on an island paradise the world knows nothing about.
  8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - It takes the familiar Cinderella and renders it almost unrecognizable. The main character experiences character development. She has flaws and bigger problems than just an evil stepmother. The prince is more than just a pretty face, and the girl finds adventure, danger and a slowly built romance.
  9. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley - The amount of narration and description should bog it down. The switch to a new protagonist a third into the book should baffle. But none of this happens. It works for me, one of the few to pull it off.
  10. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones - Mythology meets magic meets computers meets tyrannical staff. I'm not even sure how to sum this one up because, despite all the usual building blocks, it's so different from the usual magic comedies.


  1. I almost put LEVIATHAN on my list as well.

  2. Oo, these descriptions make me even more interested in some of these, but I'm with you on Cinder :D

    Also, I really want to subscribe via RSS, but blogspot has a weird address for RSS so I'm not sure what it is, halp?

    1. I just noticed how many times Diana Wynne Jones made my list. Haha!

      RSS...I've never really used it, so I didn't think to add a button, but I'll see about getting one up ASAP. Thank you! :)