Top 10 Tuesday — Unique Books

11 Apr


This week bloggers have been challenged by the folks at The Broke And The Bookish to identify books we find unique. Hmmm. This took a bit of thinking on my part, but I came up with some books that are unique in characters, setting, and perspective. The most unique feature of these books is that they are all Christian. I often hear people say they don’t read CF because the books are all alike — well here are some that will challenge that presumption.


Top Unique Books

Vikings! Heather Day Gilbert writes books about Vikings. Strong female Vikings! Her Vikings of The New World series is currently 2 books strong, but there are more on the way promising great storytelling. The saga begins with God’s Daughter.


Gypsies! Brandy Vallance’s novel, Within The Veil, takes a look at the gypsy culture against the backdrop of Victorian England. There are some other unique elements that make this novel not your run of the mill CF historical romance.

The Circus! I know there have been other books with the circus as their setting, but The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof goes much deeper. The two main characters are unique as well.

Judas. Tosca Lee‘s novel, Iscariot, is a powerful look at Jesus through the eyes of the disciple who betrayed him. With Easter around the corner, you cannot go wrong with this book.

LOTS of Jesus. In Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos looks at the question Jesus asks His disciples: Who do you say I am?

Werewolves, Zombies and Vampires, oh my! Matt Mikalatos is back with another novel looking at the Christian life. Night of the Living Dead Christian is a very unique read.

Witches and a very unique narrator. All of Billy Coffey‘s novels can be categorized as unique, but The Curse of Crow Hollow takes the designation up a notch. There is a witch, but it is the narrator that provides the most unique feature.

Island Destination. Ok, everyone likes a book with an island setting, but Uncharted by Angela Hunt offers a destination most would do anything to avoid.

Travel through space and time. Perhaps the most unique series of books I have read comes from the very talented Stephen Lawhead. The adventure in this 5-book series starts in The Skin Map. This one has it all — unique settings, characters, and mind-bending themes.

What unique books have you read?

16 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Unique Books”

  1. Fiction Aficionado April 11, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Love this post! I included Heather Day Gilbert’s books in my TTT list, although I gave the topic a slight tweak and did unique settings. 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      I love Heather’s books, both Viking and mystery. I’ll make sure to visit your blog to check out the unique settings. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  2. heatherdaygilbert April 11, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    Oh! What fun to see my Viking books on this list! It warms my heart to see that people feel my books are unusual, because I enjoy hunting down unusual books for my own reading, too! 🙂 And what a fantastic list. I have some of these on my To-Read list and need to get reading!!!

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

      Looking forward to more Viking stories. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. heatherdaygilbert April 11, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Also, I have to add that UNCHARTED by Angela Hunt was one of my fave unusual Christian reads. Really made me think! And it was just a page-turner!

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      Uncharted was a book club pick. It was created great discussion.

  4. Stephenia H. McGee April 11, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    What fun! I’ve read Within the Veil and the Steven Lawhead series. Both were great.

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      Love all the books on this list!

  5. Arwen McGilvra April 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    I love this list! I just added a bunch of them to my TBR, but Stephen R Lawhead is my favorite author. I’m just finishing up on the Fatal Tree. (Oh and Vikings in Christian Fiction <3 !)

    My TTT:

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

      Yay! Hope you enjoy them!

  6. Lisa @ Captivated Reader April 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I have not read any of the book mentioned in your post this week.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

      Hope they peak your interest!

  7. courtney207 April 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    Yay for The Lady and The Lionheart! That book should be on every TTT list. 🙂 I keep hearing wonderful things about Within the Veil… I need to check it out for myself soon! I did like her previous novel, The Covered Deep.

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2017 at 6:21 am #

      Both of Vallance’s novels are excellent.

  8. Carrie April 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    I still need to check out several of these! But I love seeing TL&TL on your list 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm #


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