Today, Tom and I are sharing the ten most unique books that we've read!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! -J & T
10. The Ring & The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz (Jess)
The Ring & the Crown does an amazing job of blending real-life American/British history with the magic and mystic of Arthurian legends.
Reading this book was just an amazingly fun experience.
9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Tom)
The idea that I was reading about the experience who didn't necessarily exist, but whose experiences were based on real-life experiences, was fascinating to me.
This was the first time I understood how artists essentially use lies, to tell the truth, and it's stayed with me.
8. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Jess)
Yury's poetry, and the unique place that Zhivago has had in history, has made it one of my all-time favorite books.
7. World War Z by Max Brooks (Tom)
I actually think World War Z is a good example of satire, and how its humor and fiction can illustrate the world in a very unique way.
Also - I loved the format. I loved the idea it wasn't a thriller or a shooter, but more of a detective/real-world story.
6. Hitchiker's Guid to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Jess)
Adams showed me that science fiction can be funny, and it's completely possible to find humor in the absurdities of life and mathematical and science choices.
5. All The President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
It represents a defining role in journalism, and the role of the media in exposing scandal and digging beneath the surface.
4. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (Jess)
The adventures of the Radletts are written in a way that have forever changed my outlook on British society and Britis history.
3. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (Tom)
I found it shocking, horrifying and stunning. Beyond the savage imagery, it was the message that we judge violence; that we pre-judge those who are violence, and yet we continue reading, to be a very bold choice.
2. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (Jess)
This book does a great job of blending urban, contemporary life with fantasy, and the result is something along the lines of Buffy meets Doctor Who crossed with a hint of Spooks.
I was so awed by this book the first time I read it, there was about a week afterward where I refused to read anything else, simply because I didn't want to let go of the feeling I had while reading.
(Seriously, guys. I even ignored all social norms while reading. I brought the book to a fancy dinner, and I just read and ignored everyone at the table. You want this book.)
1. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Tom)
Even now, the tale has a lot resonance to me, and reflects a lot about the modern world to me.
(Also, I ended up living in SW London for a good four years, so it was fascinating to me to relive the scenes set in the book on almost on a daily basis.)