Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Monday, April 7, 2014

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the girls atThe Broke and the Bookish. Some of the books listed below were no brainers while others seem generic so let me give you an in-depth play-by-play in no particular order.

1. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher: I didn't particularly like this book, though Addison thought it was good. It just completely messed with me, and the ever changing scenery that did not make sense in my mind grated on my nerves. Anyway, that is definitely one of the most unique settings and stories I've read.

2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: This is a book that you will either love or hate. There is no in between. It takes a very different spin on The Beauty and the Beast, but in my opinion is well worth the read.

3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick: I have not read this book, but Addison has. She said it was a very interesting book seeing as it tells a story in the footnotes of the book as well as another in actual text.

4. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: You will hate Alice. There is no doubt about it, but you understand her and can even identify with her. But there is no doubt about it, you will hate her even though she is the main character. It's an excellent book; one that you hate to love.

5. Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale: This series of ten books is a mixture of science fiction and fantasy, but in a way that you have never seen before. It's excellent world building will blow you away along with the character development.

6. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan: The format of this book is what struck me most unique. It told a story through the words in a dictionary, which told the story out of order. It was beautiful and heartbreaking.

7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: This book is a prime example of magical realism, but she tells a story so bizarre that it seems completely normal. 'Beautiful' and 'strange' are definitely words I would use.

8. Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker (originally named Blink): I read this back in high school. It's about a guy who can see all outcomes to any and all situations, and when people are trying to kill him the talent comes in handy.

9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Some of you are probably groaning by now, I know. But I read this book a few weeks after it was published back in 2008, WAY before the hype. This book was my first dive into dystopia besides Orwell and Huxley, and it changed my view on society and made me think out of the box for the first time in my life. To me, this was out of my normal readings and since it was thought provoking it will forever be one of those books that I will always call back to me.

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: This was my first book that I really wasn't sure if the MC was mentally unstable or not. Yes, it's also paranormal, but this is not your average paranormal book. Plus it's fantastic writing as well!


  1. I've only read The Hunger Games out of these. It didn't strike me as that unique (though I did enjoy it)... but then, I'd already been introduced to the dystopian genre with The Giver.

    Some of the other books you've listed here look really unique and interesting. I'll have to check them out!

    1. Yeah, for a lot of people THG is pretty generic and has become a cliche of sorts just because so many people have roughly the same plot structure, but it was the first I read in the genre besides Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World (both of which I had to read for English in high school). And I have never read The Giver (I know I need to!). I also forgot to mention S my JJ Abrams is extremely unique, so check that out too.


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