Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday–from The Broke And The Bookish–and it’s pretty much what it says on the tin. ^_^


  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter: Reading this in class was a revelation. My entire brain was all, “PEOPLE CAN DO THIS?! THESE ARE SO CREEPY AND GREAT!?!”
  • A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz: This book is just. I don’t even know how to explain it? I just don’t. It’s … an experience? Probably should be used in writing classes to teach POVs?
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis: It’s a post-apocalyptic novel set in Amsterdam and it places a biracial autistic girl at the centre of the story and that is unique in itself because well, have you ever read/seen any post-apocalyptic story that places a Black girl with autism at its centre?
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho: I never thought I’d get to read a Regency era book with two protagonists of colour and dragons. It’s a marvel.
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith: It’s been years and I’m still not over it. That’s what makes this a unique book: it delivers extreme book hangover.


  • Since Yash beat me to Sorcerer to the Crown, I’ll add Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, both the sort of books that, however wholly you loved at first sight, you admire even more intensely with every rereading.
  • Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; and My Name is Mina by David Almond. They will make you rethink POV and what can be done with character voices.
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Just read it.
  • The Cambrist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale in Economics” by Daniel Abraham.
  • Autobiography/memoir/biography: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Hope and Other Luxuries by Clare Dunkle.
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.
  • Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier.
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.