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Top Ten Tuesday: April 11, 2017 – Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This is actually a really fun concept because I ended up checking out my same post with this topic from three years ago. Here are the books I listed in 2014:

    

    


I’ve read a LOT of different book since 2014. It’s hard to imagine that that was three years ago! I’ll actually still have some of the same selections but there are also a lot of reads that I’ve chosen since then that I really went outside of my comfort zone to read. Here are my selections, three years later: 

The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater | The Raven Cycle is still one of the most unique series I’ve ever read. Is it magical realism? Fantasy? Paranormal? None? All? It’s a little bit of everything with adventure, danger, magic, and love. I still can’t quite describe what transpires in this series but it’s best if you read it yourself anyway!


BONE GAP by Laura Ruby | BONE GAP was another very cool book that blurred a lot of genre lines and there was a VERY interesting concept/twist that I thought was so well done!


A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho | This book was unique in a way that I wouldn’t normally pick out as unique, but it really did grab me with its differences. I liked the placement set back to the 1990s so everything isn’t always in the present-day. I also liked that this wasn’t a typical murder-mystery or thriller. Essentially the “killer” was already revealed and the characters and readers had to decide what they believed and what was true.


YOU by Caroline Kepnes | This book was… messed up. But it was also really interesting! The book is sort of told TO the character who is the love interest (hence, “you”) and the narrator is Joe, who is 100% messed up and yet you almost really start to understand and sympathize.


KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | So this isn’t 100% unique, no one’s ever done this concept before but I feel like satire and dark comedy isn’t done a lot in YA. It’s unique in the sense that I think not a lot of authors are doing it right now and I really had so much fun with it!


MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows | Speaking of satire, this book is more Monty Python meets The Princess Bride and it was HILARIOUS.  Magic meets history meets comedy, and it all just worked.


ILLUMINAE by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | I mean, have you SEEN these books? They’re the first books I’ve seen to really incorporate so many different forms of “files” (hence the series title) including allllll kinds of artwork. Schematics, doodles, chats, letters, pictures, you name it — it’s in here.


trial by fire book cover

TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini | I still need to finish this series (maybe the audiobooks are good? Anyone?) but I enjoyed the first book! It actually starts out a little cookie-cutter but I really enjoyed the fanta-sci aspect once I wrapped my brain around it. It was kind of hard to do but also very cool.


MIDWINTERBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick | This book was beautiful and so incredibly unique. I literally don’t know any other book like it and it’s just one you really have to read to appreciate from start to finish.


WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | You know what… I’m going to go with an oldie but a goodie. This was one of my FAVORITE books as a kid/pre-teen and I haven’t read anything else that’s given me the feelings that this book has. I re-read as an adult and just SOBBED at the end.


So there are my ten! I actually could keep going but I’ll stop here for now. It’s interesting to see how many different kinds of books I’ve been reading and how my tastes have evolved throughout the years! What are some of your favorite unique reads?

Top Ten Tuesday: April 8, 2014 – Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This is such a fun topic! I really had to go through my Goodreads data to see exactly what are the most unique books I’ve read but a few came to me right off the bat! Let’s dive in!

    

HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling: Of course I’m starting it off with Harry Potter. Back when the books first came out, I was around Harry’s age, I hadn’t been reading much so it was unique to me, but to this day, I still think the series is one of a kind. Sure, there have been other series involving magical boarding schools, witches & wizards, evil sorcerers — But Harry Potter was at least the first series (that I know of) to take off with kids and adults alike AND complete an eight movie franchise on top of a fantastic seven book series. It’s unique in the sense that so many people love it, so few people hate it, and no matter who you are, you know about the books and the movies and maybe even a little bit more.
Aside from its popularity, the Harry Potter series has INTENSE world building, down to character backgrounds, detailed magical rules and elements, a government, and even spin-off books detailing the creatures and sports of the wizarding world. I’d say that’s immensely unique.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) // Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) // Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor: I never used to be big into fantasy but DoSaB easily helped set the bar HIGH for me. Aside from the plot involving both seraphim and chimaera, Laini Taylor’s writing itself is just gorgeous and her plotting is incredible! I was totally blown away by both the first two books in the series and the novella was ADORABLE. Cannot wait for Dreams of Gods and Monsters in just a couple days!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) // Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) // Night of Cake and Puppets (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2.5)

THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB by Colleen Gleason: Even though I had a couple issues, The Clockwork Scarab is definitely a unique take on gothic horror! It combines the fictional aspect of Sherlock Holmes along with the historical fiction aspect of Bram Stoker and a little bit of present-day elements thrown in as well. I may not have fallen in love with the first book in this series, but I’m definitely on the lookout for book two to see more of this Stoker-Holmes mash-up!

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1)

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone was another fantasy that really got me into the genre. I absolutely love that it has a Russian base for its language, culture, and history. It’s still a work of fiction and isn’t meant to be a historic or a direct connection to Russia, but the feel is definitely present and I loved seeing a new type of culture and basis for a fantasy world! Add in the magical elements, an amazing world, and some fierce characters, and Shadow and Bone easily ended up being a favorite of mine!

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) // Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)
The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5) // The Taylor (The Grisha #1.5) // The Too-Clever Fox (The Grisha #2.5)

READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline: A throwback to the 80s… set in the future! This was part dystopian, part sci-fi, part comedy, all AMAZING. I absolutely loved this book and true, some of the 80s references may go over your head depending on your age (I was only alive for three years of the 80s but also watched that old TV show “I Love the 80s” so I picked up a few more that I didn’t know), but even without the references, this book is ALL FUN.

Ready Player One

    

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Steifvater: I don’t know how many books there are out there about horses (usually not my thing) but I absolutely loved that The Scorpio Races was part fantasy in the unique creation of the water horses and part contemporary with an almost historical fiction feel. It was a beautiful read all around!

The Scorpio Races

FAULT LINE by Christa Desir: I’ve read a few “issues” books (for lack of better term — I don’t really like calling them that), but Fault Line was really the first one I’ve read where the main character wasn’t the one to which the trauma/tragedy/illness happens. Fault Line was a very powerful read surrounding a rape incident and it actually told from the boyfriend of the rape survivor and not the girl herself. It definitely brings a very different aspect to the big picture and I appreciated seeing a different side of the story.

Fault Line

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl brings together the innocence of childhood in the form of a girl who loves her fandom and tends to hide in her fanfiction and her transition to moving away for the first time when she leaves for college her freshman year. THIS is the kind of “New Adult” book I want to read. I loved the college experience and seeing so many more sides of it than just exploring sexuality.

Fangirl

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It’s a story of a girl and her mother. It’s a story of an eccentric family. It’s a paranormal story. It’s a romance story. It’s a mystery. It’s a fantasy. It’s… everything. This book has so many amazing elements and it kind of covers all of the bases as far as genres, characters, and concepts go. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and I can’t wait to continue on with the third book in the fall!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) // The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2)

WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith: Wild Awake took me by surprise because it has such a strong beginning and I really got to see things slowly unravel into chaos — I mean, in a good way! The book doesn’t fall apart. It simply is the chaos of Kiri’s life and how so many things end up affecting her day-to-day choices and how so many things were and still are out of her control. It was a fascinating and emotional read and the author definitely put a little piece of herself in there which I think carried a more personal note throughout the book.

Wild Awake

There are really SO many more unique books I had lined up but I really tried to pick my top ten! So what do you think? Have any of these books changed your life? Introduced you to a new idea? Become your favorites?