Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic:

The Most Unique Books I've Read


1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Does this one even need explaining? J.K. Rowling created an entirely new world when she wrote Harry Potter, a world that millions of children (and even adults) would have given anything to live in.


2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness: While it took a while to grow on me, I ended up absolutely loving the Chaos Walking trilogy. I love how Ness used grammar and spelling to portray Todd's voice; it was so real and unique to him. The inclusion of the different fonts for the thoughts of the men in Prentisstown and New Prentisstown also made these books stand out from others in the YA category.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: The very fact that this book is narrated by an anthropomorphized figure of Death would be enough to make this book unique, but the way in which Death speaks makes The Book Thief really stand out. Death's way of seeing and experiencing the world is so sensory and heartbreaking and beautiful.


4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Possibly my favorite book of 2013, Fangirl was the best book I'd read about fandom since reading Melissa Anelli's Harry: A History. The whole time reading I was so in awe of Rainbow Rowell. I just thought, "wow, she really gets what it's like to be in fandom." And while I absolutely love Fangirl for the parallels it draws to the HP fandom, the story is about so much more than that. Cath is a character I could truly relate to and Rowell perfectly captured the anxieties that go along with being a freshman in college. I never expected that this book would make me feel so much, but it did!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Some may argue with me about the originality of THG, especially with all the comparisons that have been drawn between it and the Japanese novel, Battle Royale, but for me these books were unique because they were the first dystopian novels I'd read, and they blew my mind. Each book was riveting and action-packed, and Katniss is such an awesome heroine.

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus might be slow plot-wise, but gosh, it has such gorgeous imagery. I loved the combination of the whimsical nature of the circus with all those magical elements. I would love to see this book adapted to film.


7. Soulless by Gail Carriger: This book is so great! It's Jane Austen meets steampunk urban fantasy and I absolutely love it. It's so funny and entertaining!


9 comments

  1. I am totally putting Soulless on my TBR list. (Although I just looked it up and was disappointed to discover that it is not actually by Erin Morgenstern.) The cover alone is fascinating enough to merit reading it! Here's mine.

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    1. Oh, gosh! That's embarrassing. Haha, well that's what I get for trying to write a blog post late at night. Well, even though it's not in fact by Erin Morgenstern, it's still a good read! :)

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  2. Great list! I have read and loved most of the books on this list. The only one I haven't read is The Night Circus, but I do have it on audio to read as soon as I can get to it! Thanks for stopping by our Top Ten!

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    1. Oh, The Night Circus is magical! I really felt like I was living in that world while I was reading it. Hope you like it! :)

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  3. Wonderful list! I have all of the books for the Chaos Walking trilogy, but I haven't read any of them yet. I think I really need to do that this year. I just added The Night Circus and Soulless to my TBR list. Thanks! :D

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    1. Read. Them. Now. Seriously, I cannot believe it took me so long to get into that series! Patrick Ness is amazing! And yay! Hope you enjoy The Night Circus and Soulless!

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  4. The Knife of Never Letting Go is one I really need to read!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  5. I definitely agree with The Night Circus! I reread it a little while ago and I'm still in awe at not only the imagery but the storylines woven in with the plot itself and the history and future of the Circus. I agree the plot was somewhat slow, but I don't feel the book was about a plot at all. I feel that the book was more about the Circus and how it began and grew to be what it was. I just enjoyed the book altogether. :P

    Fangirl is still one of my favorite contemporaries because Rainbow Rowell embodied fandom SO well! It was wonderful watching Cath grow, but it was also wonderful watching her dedication to Simon Snow. Really loved that book.

    Sydney @ Utterly Bookish

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  6. Great list :) I LOVE The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Knife of Never Letting Go, they are all very unique. I have also read Fangirl but I just didn't like that one; it bored me and made no sense that Simon Snow would exist in a world where HP exists; which it still does in the book. My TTT.

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