The Top Ten Most Original Books I’ve Ever Read

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.

 

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