Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is one that I’ve been waiting to do for awhile…but as I started going through books I realized that I really haven’t read that many unique books. Or at least, I haven’t read that many unique books that I haven’t talked about a dozen times already. In short I need to read more unique books. Please leave me suggestions!
Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week’s theme: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy // Douglas Adams
I admittedly read this a little too young to appreciate the humor, but it’s witty and hilarious and the embodiment of randomness amd I love it so much. It’s like top on my want-to-reread list. I don’t really much humor at all, but this one is so enjoyable.
Carry On // Rainbow Rowell
If you don’t know, this book is based on a fanfiction (Carry On, Simon) based on a fandom (Simon Snow) that is very much Harry Potter-inspired and is written by a fictional character in a different novel by the same author (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell). BUT DESPITE THAT this novel can stand completely on its own. Seriously. (Mostly because this is Rainbow Rowell’s spin on Simon rather than Cath in fangirl’s spin on Simon.) You can read this without reading another Rainbow Rowell book and without reading Harry Potter (though I highly recommend both) and still love it. Because SnowBaz forever.
The Book Thief // Markus Zusak
I’ve never read another book written so beautiful, lyrically, and emotionally as this.
The narrator is Death, you guys. Death is narrating this story.
And it’s so beautifully written.
The Things They Carried // Tim O’Brien
I have literally never read another book like this. It’s a mix of fact and fiction, to the point where you’re not quite sure where to shelve it, but that doesn’t matter. It’s a series of short stories that take place during the Vietnam War, and it’s so…moving.
One Day // David Nicholls
This book does exactly what it promises: all the scenes take place on the same day of the year over a span of twenty years. You don’t see what happens directly before or after each year; you only see the changes one year at a time and have to fill in the gaps yourself. But the scope is limited enough that it’s relatively self-contained. You see how the characters grow and don’t grow over time, and how they grow apart and grow back together.
Every Day // David Levithan
(what is it with Davids and days?)
So unlike One Day, Every Day is told consecutively, but has a twist: the main character wakes up in someone else’s body every day. There’s really no explanation for it or plot surrounding how it’s happening; it’s all about the implications of what makes us us and what love looks like.
Nothing // Janne Teller
I’ve talked about this book several times, but that’s because I never see anyone else talk about it. It’s about 7th graders trying to convince their classmate that life has meaning. Things escalate quickly from there.
It’s so dark and disturbing and…yeah. It’s a bit like a modern version of The Lord of the Flies.
Life of Pi // Yann Martel
I went into this book completely blind. I bought it because it had a tiger on the cover, then it sat on my shelf for awhile, and then I finally decided to read it before I was spoiled by moviegoers.
And man, it took me by surprise. It’s so much more than a survival story. It’s about life and God and loss and struggle.
The Time Traveler’s Wife // Audrey Niffenegger
I haven’t read a lot of time travel books, so maybe they’re all the same, but I was completely floored by the intricacies of the story. I can’t imagine what it was like to plot this out.
Sleeping Giants // Sylvain Neuvel
I didn’t fall in love with the format of this book, but it was pretty unique. It’s told completely by case files, most of which are interview transcripts between the characters and an unknown host. But a lot of the case files are missing, so similar to One Day, you have to try to fill in the missing pieces yourself. And sometimes there are big time gaps. So it kept the story moving and interesting, but I ultimately felt that it made the scope too big.
The sequel just came out and I’m planning to listen to the audio soon, so stay tuned to see how it goes.
currently listening to: Dear Hank and John, ep. 88
What is the most unique book you’ve ever read?
Leave me suggestions, be sure to tell me if you’ve read any of these!