It’s Tuesday for real this time! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme by The Broke and The Bookish, revolves around unique reads. These are books that are unlike anything else out there. There is something different or special about them. Some of these are more popular than others. I think what makes some of these books so popular is their uniqueness. Anyway, here are ten of my favorite unique reads. As always they are in no particular order.
1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This was the most recent book I have finished and definitely one of the most unique ones I have read. It’s a post apocalyptic/dystopian story that follows characters whose lives interconnect. Part of what makes it unique is this six degrees of separation thing it has going on, which I personally loved. Also it was the most realistic post apocalyptic novel I have ever read. It’s so hard to summarize this book, I don’t even think the synopsis on GoodReads really captures what this book is. It is one that has stuck with me and that I find myself randomly thinking about. If you enjoy the dystopian genre, I definitely recommend picking it up because it’s for sure a unique and beautiful read.
2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m sure you’ve heard of Illuminae. If you haven’t you either might be living under a rock or don’t read YA? Which good for you, but this novel definitely deserves all of the hype it has been getting and you should probably pick it up. It is so unique in it’s format, but the story also takes you on a roller coaster ride. The twists were surprising and I could definitely not predict the end. If you’re into science fiction and like epic space adventures, go pick up this book. To hear more of my thoughts on it, check out my review here.
3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #1)
The Name of the Star is the first book in the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. I read this book a few years ago expecting one book and got another. It had such a unique premise as it sort of mixes fantasy elements, the contemporary world we live in and crime. While the mystery surrounding the new Jack the Ripper cases is interesting, I loved the characters and world that Johnson has created. This is definitely a series that I need to reread as I don’t remember all that happened and the fourth (and final) book will be coming out in 2018. Thankfully! From what I do remember, I needed more story after finishing the third book.
P.S. I believe the first third of this novel is free to read on WattPad, if you’re looking to give it a shot without committing to anything.
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
There were so many unique things about this book. The characters, the setting (s), the fantasy element, the structure of the story, and more. It is an urban fantasy that takes you places you least expect. I had no idea where this book was going and I liked it. I really need to pick up the second book sooner rather than later, because I had all of the feels after finishing it. To hear some of my more in-depth thoughts on this book, you can check out my review here.
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
I feel like I always talk about The Lunar Chronicles in all of my Top Tens, but I love this series so so much. While retellings are nothing new I think what is so unique about Marissa Meyer’s is the sci-fi/fantasy world she sets these classic stories in. I’m all about taking these classic stories and putting them in different worlds. Her take on Cinderella is just so different and refreshing. I also love how all of the characters’ story lines interconnect and overlap. Again, all of the love for this series.
6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
All you need to know about this book is that it is a WW2 novel about friendship. I took a YA literature class for fun in college and this was one of the books we read. Holy shit! I was expecting to like it because one of our characters was a spy and you know me and spies. I did not expect it to take me on the journey that it did. I stress that you want to go into this book knowing as little as possible. The synopsis tells you all you need to know. If you click on the GoodReads link above be wary of some of the reviews for spoilers! This is a book you definitely don’t want to be spoiled for! This book is unique in its structure and the fact that there is no romance. It is truly a book about friendship which is so refreshing in YA.
7. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Naturals #1)
Okay, so this book falls into that unrealistic realistic category which is to say that it takes place in the contemporary world but it doesn’t follow “everyday life.” This book follows kids who are in this sort of Criminal Minds program. They are learning how to catch serial killers which is cool. It’s such a unique concept and a fun read. This is another book I read a long time ago, so I don’t remember what happens. I remember I had fun with it, but I’m not sure if this book is for everybody.
8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book was just such a unique reading experience which is why it makes this list. I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did, but I did think it was different. There is so much suspense surrounding what happened and you find yourself trying to figure out what happened to our characters. It’s intense and I don’t have anything to compare this book to which shows you how unique it was.
9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Okay, so this is my curve ball. Looking at it you’re probably wondering why it’s on my list of unique books as the premise of the book is not that far off from your typical contemporary. It makes my list thought because it is a 519 page contemporary novel. How often do we get 500+ contemporaries? Reading some of the other reviews, some people thought that it was too long, but I did not feel that way. There was a lot going on in this book and I thought it needed its length to fully develop everything. Honestly, I loved it and now plan on reading all of Morgan Matson’s books. To hear some more of my thoughts on this book, check out my review here.
10. Marking Time by April White (The Immortal Descendants)
I have definitely already talked about this book on here before, but it was so good and different that I had to bring it up again. There’s time travel and unique characters who leap off the page (I’m looking at you Ringo). Plus there is this idea of Immortals (Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death) and some people are descendants of these Immortals. There are different traits that you can have depending on which Immortal you are descended from. It’s such a cool world and I really need to actually get back to this series. The second book is just hanging out on my kindle unfinished!
I must like unique books because as many of these are books that I absolutely love and on my all time favorites list. Would love to know what your unique reads are, leave a comment down below with yours!