This was a tough list to put together after going through my books because what is considered unique? And maybe I don’t branch out to the “weird and wonderful” as much as I should. But then I decided that these books were unique to me because they were different from anything I had ever read at that time. (Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis was given to be by my aunt when I was around nine years old and she wrote a beautiful inscription inside the cover. I devoured the book and it was my first fantasy/sci-fi book that had me captivated from page one. Closets/wardrobes and hide-and-seek were never the same!
Wonder by R.J Palacio One of the perks about working in a school is hearing what books teachers and reading specialists are reading. I was told to “READ THIS!!” by a co-worker and was forever moved. This book should be read by everyone, especially children. My daughter (10 at that time) read it and we still reference it when she complains about a pimple or something superficial. In a time where appearance and image are shoved down our throats, it’s refreshing to be reminded of what is really important.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was a book we read in my book club many years ago. We were all awestruck with the lifestyle that those four children endured living on the streets. I immediately wanted to “toughen up” my sheltered children.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen was another ‘ol book club gem that we stumbled upon long before the hype and the so-so movie came out. I was obsessed with the HBO series Carnivale, which disappeared after many seasons, and that strange circus atmosphere.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon is unique to me because it was one of the first books that I read where the voice of fifteen-year-old Christopher felt authentic as a person with Autism.
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray touches upon being “invisible” as a mom, wife and woman in her fifties. But then she literally becomes invisible and narrates the book as she navigates this new life.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park is pretty much the only book I’ve read where one of the main characters is a life size cardboard cut-out and has his own Facebook page. Beautifully written with heart and humor.
Every Day by David Levithan “A” wakes up every day in a different body. Like nothing I have ever read before.
The Bear by Claire Cameron probably will never have me camping again. Based on a true story and told from a child’s point of view which captivated my every thought when I put the book down for breaks. It still makes me shiver.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed is one of my favorite books this year. I made the mistake of trying to devour it like a typical novel but I couldn’t do it. I had to approach it slowly, reading a few articles at a time and letting her intelligent, witty, heartfelt and amazing advice settle. Review to come!!