TTT: Unique Books on my TBR

I honestly could have written three different TTT on the unique sounding books I have on my TBR. I was able to narrow it down, trying to get an array of books and genres.


Hope this helps with finding unique books to add to your TBR list.

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1 American Gods – Neil Gaiman

If anyone has seen the opening credits for the new American Gods show on Starz, you know that uniqueness is just dripping off this story. The novel is about the old gods at war with the new gods, like technology, lust, celebrity, etc.

I could use an epic gods vs gods battle in my life.

2 American War – Omar El Akkad

This book is based in a future where a second American civil war breaks out in 2074. I want to check this book out, not only for the singular premise, but because with the political climate in America, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

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3 The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

Atwood usually has interesting idea in her novels, and that doesn’t change with The Blind Assassin. The novel starts off with the death of the protagonist’s sister, and then switches gears and becomes a novel-in-a-novel, a sci-fi story.

4 Borne – Jeff VanderMeer

I know this is probably just another post-apocalyptic novel, but it has a green blob that turns into a bear-like creature THAT CAN FLY (!?!), and the protagonist is afraid her boyfriend is going to kill the blob bear to create drugs.

Uhhhh, what hell did I just read? I think I need to check this out.

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5 Dune – Frank Herbert

A Sci-Fi classic, and with talks of a movie remake coming out in a year or two, I decided I needed to finally read this book in the near future.

6 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North

Harry keeps living the same life over, and after dying a dozen times it looks like nothing will ever change. Until the end of his 11th life, when a young girl brings him a message.

I was very intrigued when I heard the synopsis, and still itching to figure out what finally breaks the cycle.

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7 Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye

Jane Eyre meets Dexter. Yes, Please! I finally got the paperback, so Jane Steele is a top priority for May.

8 Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

You can’t have a list of unique books without Murakami popping up. I picked this one because cats talk, and I really hope this is a crossover with The Master and Margarita and Behemoth shows up.

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9 The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

A lone human emissary goes to an unknown alien planet, Winter, where the species has the ability to change gender. This book is on the top of my TBR, as I need to read a book from the queen of Sci-fi.

10 Unwind – Neal Shusterman

Not only unique, but highly controversial. Another book that features a second American Civil War, one sparked by reproductive rights. The result is parents having the ability to ‘unwind’ their child between the ages of 13-18, and having their organs donated to other people, so ‘life’ still continues.

Whoa, that’s dark. I’m also intrigued because this is a YA book and I’m wondering how this sensitive subject matter is handled.

**Note: If you haven’t noticed, I love cool colors. 🙂


30 thoughts on “TTT: Unique Books on my TBR

  1. Unwind is such an amazing discussion! What’s funny is it almost seems like a middle grade at some times. The writing style certainly lends itself. One thing about Unwind is there is appropriation of Native American cultures in it you should be aware of. It’s in the middle, but it’s also not a necessary part of the book. It would have been better if Shusterman hadn’t included it at all.

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  2. Yes, the Unwind series was really good (if also disturbing at times).

    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was another great choice. I almost stopped reading it the first time something awful happened to the main character, but I’m very glad I stuck with it after that. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting based on that scene (in a positive way!).

    Here is my TTT


  3. I’ve only read one Jeff VanderMeer book and it was definitely different! I must read the rest of his Southern Reach trilogy. The Blind Assassin and American Gods are also on my TBR.

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  4. I’ve read Dune and The Blind Assassin, and I really need to read American Gods, although Good Omens is sitting on my shelf so that one’s next. I don’t know much about the other books you’ve picked, I hope you enjoy them!

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  5. Haha, I thought the same about Dune and then ended up reading it in the start of the year 🙂 It bored and impressed me at the same time, which is kind of weird.. but it definitely made me think about it and that’s not a bad thing.

    I read a few books by Margaret Atwood, my favourite of her works is probably the MaddAddam Trilogy. I heard a lot of good things about ‘The Blind Assassin’ and will put it on my list as well.

    So excited about the ‘American Gods’ series! Everything I have seen so far looks perfect, the cast, the atmosphere.. I hope it won’t disappoint!

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    1. Bored and impressed? That makes me more intrigued about Dune.
      I really want to read more Atwood, I’m in the middle of The Handmaid’s Tale and I really like it.
      Also hope American Gods doesn’t disappoint!

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