Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ten Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: ten of the most unique books I've read!

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This one's mostly about the way the story is told. I absolutely love how so many different formats are used and how they all come together to form one story!

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo: No matter how hard I try, I can't think of any books that compare to this. When you combine the setting and the multiple perspectives and the heist aspect, you get something totally unique.
 WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin: Alternate histories aren't really anything new, but alternate histories plus powers plus motorcycle races? Definitely unique. And definitely amazing.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater: The weird thing about this book is that it feels kind of familiar, like it should remind me of another book. But it doesn't. I've never read anything quite like it.

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera: This book might not have worked for me, but it was certainly unique, and I liked that part of it a lot.

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson: It's been a while since I've read this, but there are still a few scenes that stick in my memory so clearly just because I haven't read anything like it since.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman: Nothing can ever be like The Princess Bride, because nothing can ever hope to measure up to it. (Except for the movie, but that's another story.)

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson: I don't gush about this book nearly enough. I'm long overdue for a reread, but still. This book is amazing, and maybe it's just because it's not new, but I don't think it gets nearly the love it deserves. It's so beautifully written and perfectly put together.


PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman: This book was not at all what I was expecting going into it, because I thought I was getting something mostly predictable. Nope. This is something (almost) entirely to itself.

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West: We all love Kasie West's contemporaries, but this duology gets sadly overlooked. It takes the idea of having alternating perspectives in time and turns it on its head by having two alternating potential futures.


What are some of the most unique books you've read? What are some unique books you wish you could find more books like? Tell me in the comments!

16 comments:

  1. Great list! Illuminae made mine as well. I loved the formatting!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

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    1. Illuminae's formatting is absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. The Scorpio Races reminded me a bit of a pony book series I read as a kid...but only in the remote setting/relationships with untamed horses kind of way. SO I still included it in my list this week.

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    1. I can think of a lot of books about horses, but nothing that quite has the atmosphere of The Scorpio Races.

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  3. That's exactly how I felt about The Scorpio Races! I couldn't stop thinking that I'd read something like it somewhere, but I know that I haven't. It's not really like the "horsey" books that I read as a kid--it wasn't sappy about horses and didn't talk endlessly about brushing manes and tails :P

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels this way! I think it reminds me of a lot of other things in a lot of small ways, but as a whole, it's totally unique.

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  4. I have not read any of the books mentioned in your post, although Laurie Halse Anderson's book looks interesting.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/04/top-ten-tuesday-my-top-seven-most.html

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    1. I liked that one! It's been a while since I've read it, though.

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  5. Ahhh I love I'll Give You The Sun!! I was taking a photo of it the other day for bookstagram and I nearly just threw my day's plans away and started a reread. XD I SHOULD. It's so beautiful and good.😍 And I looove Six of Crows <3 although I have read a lot of other fantasy heists so it wasn't unique for me, but still excellently done and one of my top favourites.

    AND YES TO THE SCORPIO RACES OMG. THAT BOOK IS EVERYTHING. <3

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    1. I'll Give You the Sun is so good! For some reason I forgot how much I loved it until recently but now I can't stop thinking about it again. Definitely time for a reread. And I need to read more fantasy heists! Six of Crows is a book I definitely wouldn't mind being less unique, just because it's so amazing.

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  6. I really need to read the books on this list that I haven't read. It's absolutely shameful that I haven't read The Princess Bride, and I've wanted to read Prisoner of Night and Fog and The Scorpio Races for YEARS. I haven't read anything by Kasie West either, so I'll have to check that one out, too.

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    1. YES you do. I can't believe you haven't read The Princess Bride! I thought I was the last person to read that. And I've been nagging you to read Kasie West for how long now? You should get on that.

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  7. The only one of these I've read is The Scorpio Races, definitely very unique. Several of the others are on my TBR though.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/top-ten-tuesday-102/

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  8. This is such a great list. The formatting was one of my fave things about Illuminae! <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's so wonderful, and it just adds so much to the story! I love it, too.

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