Monday, April 7, 2014

TTT: Most Unique Books

Ten Most Unique Books

Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different Top Ten list topic that a bunch of bloggers take and make their own list of those things.
This week the theme is all about books that are so unique. Books that are different than anything you've read before. This topic is really fun for me because I love books that push the boundaries of what I've read before. I love books that take risks.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)1. Unwind
Honestly one of the coolest and most haunting books I have ever read. The way Shusterman weaves so many hot button topics into this series without bias. He presents situations and characters to look at these issues through, but never once decides these things for the reader. It feels more like a discussion than a lecture.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
2. The Lightning Thief
Or basically everything that Riordan writes. The way he mixes mythology with today's world is spectacular and hilarious and so interesting. You learn about mythology and ancient cultures while also being thoroughly entertained.
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
3. The Rithmatist
Need I say more than, a magic system based on fighting chalk drawing that come to life? A mysterious murder spree and an underdog , ragtag cast of characters trying to solve them? SIGN ME UP.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, # 1)
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The way Riggs combines antique pictures with prose makes this book a true masterpiece. Atmosphere and good story-telling combined.
Dying to Know You
5. Dying to Know You
A YA book not told from a young adult's perspective, or even a middle-aged person's perspective? Such a cool idea. It looked at what youth is and means from a totally new vantage point that I loved reading.

The Night Circus
6. The Night Circus
A whimsical and haunting circus that travels around the world, but only opens at night. Beautiful, dark imagery and writing.This book opens into a whole new level of unique.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore7. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
A mysterious old book club united with cutting edge technology that offers an interesting take on both the old world and the new. This book blew my mind in the best ways because it was so not what I was expecting, but so awesome all the same.
The Princess Bride
8. The Princess Bride
Dissecting the typical tropes of Fairy Tales with humor and cynicism. Absolutely brilliant in its execution of the subject matter and a legend of a book.

Song of the Sparrow9. The Song of the Sparrow
A historical book told in verse. I was in love from the moment I read the synopsis. I think this format works so well with historical fiction and I would love to see more of this type of book, even if that means this one becomes less unique.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)10 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making
Another dissecting of classic Fairy Tales, but this time done with less snark and cynicism and more absolutely gorgeous prose. Valente makes a world so vast and strange and beautiful with characters that you can't help but love.


  1. Oh my gosh. I connect to most of these books in some way which is crazy. Meaning, they're either on my owned books TBR, or I've read them. I've read and LOVED Miss Peregrine's. And, I own (unread) The Rithmatist, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, and Unwind. And, I really want to read (unowned) Night Circus, The Princess Bride, Mr. Penumbras, and the Percy Jackson series. Gosh, you've just got all my TBR bases covered. Adding so much fuel to this fire. :P Great TTT.

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday!

  2. I considered adding The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland (if for no other reason than the title) and Night Circus. I did put Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. It is so quirky.

  3. I have The Girl Who Circumnavigated... on my TBR list. I definitely need to bump that! I also have Unwind, that I'm hoping to read really soon. Great list!

  4. I also listen Unwind - it just had to be included. So chilling portrayal of a twisted society. People have included the Rithmatist so many times this week that I really need to read it asap! It sounds like a book that I would love. :) Great list!