Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Most Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (April 8th) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Unique due to topic (or a fresh spin on one):

1.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- This one is unique because it's about being able to time travel, but having NO control of when it will happen or where you will go.  Scary, sad, and totally unique.
2.  Tease by Amanda Maciel- It seems like a lot of people aren't liking this book... but not me :)  I love that this shows the view of the bully in a suicide incident.  We always see stories from the victim POV.  Here we get to see what it's like from the other side... and maybe that's what makes people uncomfortable about this book.
3.  This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers- A truly unique Zombie book.  This is about a girl facing apocalypse who DOESN'T want to live.  WHAT???  She's depressed and suicidal and just waiting for the end to come.  All other apocalypse books I've read are about people who desperately want to live.
4.  Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt- This one is unique because of the bravery of this book.  This book was not afraid to go places that most books won't.
5.  One Moment by Kristina McBride- I categorize this one as unique because it does something most books don't.  It villianizes the victim.  I loved the idea of dealing with someone's flaws AFTER they tragically died.  There's nothing that can be resolved and you aren't supposed to feel that way towards someone who is no longer here... but there it was.
6.  The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty- This whole series was truly unique for me.  Maybe it's because I'm American and the author is Aussie... but at first I was like "what the hell am I reading???" and then all of a sudden it all makes sense.  I've never read anything like it.

Unique due to the WAY the story is told:

7.  Crank by Ellen Hopkins- This was my first "verse" book.
8.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- Told mainly through cassette tapes.
9.  Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan- Told in an all-seeing, god-like voice of dead people.

Just All Around Unique:

10.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I JUST finished this last night (I know, finally!!!).  I have to say it's one of the most unique retellings I've ever read.  It's a futuristic dystopian fairy tale retelling with freaking robots and plagues and aliens!!

So what books did you find unique??  Leave me your links so I can visit you :)


  1. I'm reading Tease soon, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm glad to read that you liked it. Some other books on your list I fully intend to read soon. I agree with you about Cinder and The Time Traveler's Wife being unique!

  2. 13 Reasons Why was SO GOOD - I really need to read it again.
    I finished with Cinder like two days ago and oh my god, it was perfect. I'm starting with Scarlet today and I'm supeeeerrr excited.

  3. I really tried with Tease, and I don't think it was the perspective it was told in, and I just couldn't connect to any of the characters and I ended up not carrying about any of it at all. I don't know, but I couldn't continue and dnf'd it, which was probably best. I need to get on Cinder, god damn it, and I totally agree on Thirteen Reasons Why, it's so good! Great list Michelle! :D

  4. This is Not a Test and Cinder almost made my list - and definitely would have if I posted all ten myself instead of sharing the duty with April - and I completely agree with why you find each book unique. Both are easily favorites of mine, too. Great list!

  5. Loved Cinder - it would definitely make my list. I haven't read a lot of these yet (like Tease, which I'm on the fence about reading), but I can definitely agree with the points you mentioned about those that I have. Crank used to be one of my favorite books both because of how it was told, and its subject matter. It was just an emotionally gripping story. I haven't read a book by Ellen Hopkins in years though. And 13 Reasons Why remains one of my favorite reads when I was a little younger - it was an interesting spin on suicide and how the victim of bullying tells their story. (Although I don't remember too well why the girl killed herself, I just remember her calling out a lot of people.)

    Great list!

    Sydney @ Utterly Bookish

  6. I have This is not a test on my list too! OMG I loved this book so so much <3 And I really should read 13 reasons why!! :) Been meaning to a while now :) Awesome list!!

  7. I can't believe I forgot to add Cinder and Tease on my list! GREAT picks! I haven't read some of these, but I totally agree on the ones I did!

  8. Awesome list! This is Not A Test is such a unique book, I loved it when I read it! I haven't read Two Boys Kissing yet but it's on my list :)

  9. Great list :) I can't believe I forgot Crank, and The Time Traveller's Wife, such amazing and unique books. Quite a few of these are on my current TBR list and I can't wait to get to them. My TTT.

  10. This is Not a Test is one of my favourites! And cinder was fantastic, the whole world that Marissa has created is wonderful! Great list and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. I loved, loved, loved Thirteen Reasons Why, Cinder and This Is Not a Test. This is Not a Test was unlike any other zombie book I've read before. I really enjoyed it! I'll have to check out some of these other books then. Great picks! :D