April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read
As I thought about this list, I thought of books that have touched my life, or changed the way I feel about life, in some way. There are some that everyone knows, like Harry Potter or The Discworld series, and a few that I read so long ago that I didn’t add to the ten below, such as The Clan of the Cave Bear or Swan Song.
Recently, I have been really fortunate to run across some great books. Some I almost didn’t read because of the premise, or cover, or whatever reason, and they blew me away! These, like John Scalzi’s Redshirts, really help me look at why I make the decisions I do and to adjust if those decisions, like my abhorrence of sci-fi, has been misguided. Sometimes, it can be wonderful when an author can take you and show you an entire new world.
- Harry Potter – My daughter and I read this together. And now I am sharing them with my niece and nephew. This story will never leave and I’m so glad of that.
- Discworld Series – My husband got me into this. I promised to read one book and I never looked back. I love this series and read many of the books every year.
- The Summer That Melted Everything – This I read last year. It blew me away! I almost turned it down but the premise was interesting enough. So on par with what’s happening around the world today! Wonderful, insightful, cut you to the core, read.
- RedShirts – THIS book. THIS book here helped me realize my mistakes. John Scalzi is an amazing author with talent that helped me to question my understanding of my own likes and dislikes. This book is amazing and I recommend it to everyone.
- Feed – Today zombie books are a dime a dozen. Mira Grant published this prior to all the hoopla and gave us horror fans a story that is forever adapting. It is THE best zombie read out there. Amazing.
- Me Before You – Don’t read this if you do not like to ugly cry. It’s so great and so terrible. It just makes me want to go out and hug my loved ones but in such a brilliantly sarcastic, fun, and horrible way.
- Moonwalking with Einstein – Such a lovely read! This is non-fiction and all about becoming a memory champion and the studies behind it. Fascinating!
- Whistling Past the Graveyard – Amazing, scary read. Similar to the themes in The Summer that Melted Everything. Both have an impactful punch delivered in a dramatic, beautiful way.
- Yoga of Max’s Discontent – This is a book I was dying to read and as I read I felt oddly frustrated. The things I love about life is not what life is all about, for some. It’s a meaningful experience even to just read this!
- Bill the Vampire – This story is hilarious! A guy that is your basic computer geek winds up becoming a vampire. But, becoming a vampire isn’t how it is in the movies where you’re suddenly all suave and know how to get the ladies! Oh no! He’s still Bill, the geek that enjoys playing World of Warcraft, and ladies are still not flocking to his door. Adorable!
What are the most unique books you’ve read?