Top Ten Most Original Books I’ve Read
So I’m a bit late with my Top Ten Tuesday this week, but I have a good excuse. I’ve been tied up writing a paper about time travel and spirituality in children’s and young adult literature. It’s going to be presented at a conference in Athens this Friday, though I won’t be there in person. So, here’s my Top Ten Tuesday, but better late than never!
These are ten fairly recently read books I found unique for my own reading journey. Each book reflected an aspect I thought was especially original. It might have been the point of view or the style of the prose or the actual content. It might have been the interaction of text and pictures (Wonderstruck) or the genre bending (The Map of Time). These are all wonderful books that stood out to me as especially unique and I enjoyed them immensely!
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The notion of a genetic disorder that causes a person to time travel is fascinating–one of my favorite books!
Her Fearful Symmetry
This story includes a ghost as a character, but it’s not your typical ghost. Another unique premise from Niffenegger…
The Book Thief
Narrated by Death, this historical novel was like nothing I had encountered before–a true gem!
The Girl with Glass Feet
A girl is turning into glass. Ali Shaw’s enchanting book is a must-read.
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Told in the 2nd person, I love how this story draws you in immediately. After all, you are standing in a bookstore at the beginning.
The Map of Time
This is a genre bending book-first you think it’s realism, then fantasy, then realism again….so which is it??
It’s the story of Rapunzel, but from the perspective of the witch and the prince!
I absolutely love the premise in this one! The “dead” are shelved in the “Archive” but it’s not really “dead people”–it’s their memories…truly fascinating!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I didn’t know what to expect with this one, and as a fantasy, it was quite different than anything I had read before! Some might think it a bit strange, but I enjoyed it.
I love the way Selznick uses both word and image to tell the story–the book features two separate stories–one textual and one visual, but towards the end they merge.
What books in your reading journey have been the most unique??