This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the top ten most unique books you’ve ever read. Unfortunately I misread it and have listed my most original books. Oh well!
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
The first time I read this book I thought I’d dropped into another universe. It continues to be a firm favourite.
The Waves – Virginia Woolf
The entire book is composed of streams of consciousness from six young people. It’s weird yet wonderful.
Ulysses – James Joyce
I did not enjoy this book. However, it’s impossible to deny that it’s original! Never has a single day seemed so long…
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
There have been stories within stories before – the most obvious example being Frankenstein – but none that slide between countries and times, and the real and imaginary with such ease.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
If you’ve read this, you know why. If you haven’t, I shan’t spoil it!
The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
Again, this is stories within a story, except each story has its own fictional narrator.
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Single narrator this time, but multiple lifetimes. Ursula lives and dies and lives again. Brilliant.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
I’m not sure the secrets of the universe had ever before been examined with such irreverent humour.
Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
Defoe is credited with writing the first novel, and this was certainly an original one. A prostitute and general bad lady narrates, cavorts, and finally achieves happiness on her own terms.
One Day – David Nicholls
Two people, one day, twenty odd years. A truly unique way to examine a relationship.