A meme from the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic: Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read (maybe the MC was really different, maybe it was the way it was written, a very unique spin on a genre or topic, etc.)
I’m having a hard time separating this from the topic about gateway books. Uniqueness is something hard for me, I suppose because I see the unique in each book. I thought instead I would do the Top Ten Most Unique Books I Own. To give an idea of the broad range, these are ones that I have not read, at least fully.
This includes some books that straddle the line between mine, my parents’ and my boyfriend’s.
1. The Lincoln Library of Essential Information – I just now realized that this book is still being updated. In both mine and Ben’s family there is a copy of this tome, in which I have never found a single piece of essential information. Mine looks very much like this one on etsy.
2. American Sniper by Chris Kyle – We got it before he died but it has been hard to imagine reading it now. His death was a tragedy.
3. The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook – Ben and I both have a fascination with symbols. This is more of just an interesting book to flip through than something to sit down and read.
4. A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams by Michael Pollan – I first saw Pollan’s building on it’s own as an inspiration before I was aware of the book. It is interesting, not just the creative space but his own creating of it as well.
5. The Klingon Dictionary – I’ll give you one guess who that belongs to.
6. 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina – This is just one of many books of hikes that we have. Also books on National Parks.
7. Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski – This was actually a book for a course that Ben and I both took. I lost my copy but we have his. The ideas are fascinating.
9. The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic and Lore by Douglas Monroe – Sometimes I feel like Ben was collecting the perfect library of writer resources for me before we even started dating.
10. The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland – I thought this one was funny when I recognized the name from fiction.
I didn’t plan on nonfiction but that was where there was the most variety.