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Superlatives: A Top Ten List

This week’s list? Most unique books I’ve read (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). Mentally, I file the word unique right beside quirky. I don’t like quirky as I feel quirky has become synonymous with hipster and hipster is a term that now describes a sub-culture that was initially intended to value independent thought and progressive politics, but instead describes intentional mainstream obscurism.  So…

That being said, weird is rad.

As it happens, “most unique” brings me straight back to middle and high school superlatives (would it surprise anyone to learn I was voted most likely to succeed (in middle school)?) and that format is the inspiration behind this for this list.

Unique Books


In no particular order (and inclusion and endorsement are two very different things):

10. Fun Camp by Gabe Durham. I haven’t read this one, but I fully trust this review (“Well that was odd…”)

09. The Untold by Courtney Collins (previously released as The Burial in Australia/UK). Most unique narrator: This novel is told from the perspective of the protagonist’s dead baby.

08. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. Most unique road trip.

07. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Most unique romance: yep, a living breathing human girl falls for a dead man – zombie – whatever. This is the warm and fuzzy version of Lizzie.

(It was probably  only a matter of time before someone went there. Way to up the stakes on the zombie genre.)

06. The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury. Most unique killer: this may make you rethink how cute babies are. Though honestly, pretty much every single person I know is reproducing right now and I may have a small case of baby fever.

05. Taken by the T-Rex by Christie Sims and Alara Branwen. Most unique  partnering: Dinosaur erotica. Confession? I haven’t read this one, but I did get a play by play from someone who has.

04. Horns by Joe Hill. Most unique superpower: Invisible horns that force people to tell their deepest, darkest secrets…

03. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander. Most unique roommate: a foul-mouthed, bitter shrew living in the attic. Also known as an elderly Anne Frank.

02. Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis. Most unique fetish: yes, there are Godzilla bukakke fetishists out there. This novel is not for the easily offended.

01. The Monk by Matthew Lewis. Most unique classic: A gothic novel written in a two months by a teenager boy – with pretty much everything a teenage boy would throw into a book in the eighteenth century – cross-dressers, Satan, monks, pregnant nuns, etc. Ridiculous. Good. Ridiculously good?

What made your most unique list?

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