Is it just me? Or does everyone look for books like the books we just read and loved?
It’s a difficult path to take. Too much like a book we just finished and the new book feels like a rip-off. Too different and it’s unsatisfying.
And some books are so novel that it seems almost impossible to find another book with the same qualities.
Here are some books that I have loved in the past, but are so unique that I’ve never found their like. I’ve listed them below, along with the qualities I loved about each, a combination of qualities I’ve never been able to find again, (except, to a certain extent, in other books by the same author).
The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers. Romance + science + dual timelines.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Mystery + college students + evil in ordinary people.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Old age + reflection + acceptance of the rough parts of life.
Watership Down by Richard Adana. Animals as distinct and genuine characters - sloppy sentimentality.
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. Observations of life + pictures + philosophy.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Western philosophy + memoir + zen + travel.
The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg. Historical fiction + careful research + genuine characters with voices and actions that are remarkably different from us today.
Possession by A. S. Byatt. Romance + poetry + dual timelines.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Short vignettes + the pain of growing up + Hispanic culture.
Encyclopedia of Ordinary Life by Amy Krause Rosenthal. Novel format + memoir.
A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson. Travel + Japan + illustrations.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Zaniness + romance + unpredictability.
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Strong girl/woman + unique voice + poetic language.
Have you read any of these?
Do you have any recommendations for me?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.