the most unique books I’ve read.

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

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

–Emily
currently listening to: Dear Hank and John, ep. 88

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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!

16 Comments

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury
    April 11, 2017

    I really want to try Sleeping Giants now because I only just found out it had like unique formatting WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH.😍😍 And I loved the Life of Pi movie but just never really got around to trying the book (shhh I know I committed the bookworm taboo and saw the movie first). Also The Book Thief is excellent but I’M STILL BROKEN AND IT’S BEEN LIKE 2 YEARS. ❤️💔
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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      Please read Sleeping Giants! Though I do recommend the audio. The full-cast performance is amazing (at least it was for the sequel. I assume the first one is the same.)

      (I see movies before books all the time and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it! I just would rather the book influence my experience rather than vice-versa.)

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  2. Ellie
    April 11, 2017

    Sometimes I feel I reel out the same books time and time again too.
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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      It’s really hard to find something that’s truly unique. Stories influence each other so much.

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  3. Ravishing Tales
    April 11, 2017

    I loved Every Day! It’s a deep and meaningful story with a unique setting. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Book Thief and Sleeping Giants are on my TBR. Hope I’ll find them unique too.

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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      I hope you love all of them!

      I liked about the first half of Every Day, then it started to go downhill for me. But I appreciated how thought-provoking it was. 🙂

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  4. Lisa @ Captivated Reader
    April 11, 2017

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is definitely a unique read. I forgot to add it to my post this week.
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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      I feel like it’s really underrated…or at least not talked about much anymore. But it’s hilarious and I never get tired of it. 🙂

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  5. Auggie @ Auggie-Talk
    April 11, 2017

    “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy” – What a great pick! I’ve been seeing “The Book Thief” on so many lists. This is one I haven’t had the courage to read because I’m worried I’ll cry hysterically.

    My TTT

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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      Thanks!

      You might cry. I did. But I also laughed and loved.
      It hurts because it matters. <3

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  6. Jo
    April 12, 2017

    The Book Thief was on my list this week too! One of my favourite books 🙂
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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      It’s fantastic. Completely blew me away when I first read it, and has stuck with me years later.

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  7. Sarah Marchant
    April 13, 2017

    Love this list!

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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      Thanks! 😀

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  8. I’ve seen Sleeping Giants on so many blogs now that I’m so very interested in reading it! And Nothing looks really interesting, too … I’ll have to see if my library has it. I’m so with you on Life of Pi. I read that one years ago and it was amazing!
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    1. Emily Seals
      May 9, 2017

      I think Nothing is a translation and it was hard for me to find. I think I had to do inter-library loan for it when I was in college. But totally worth it.

      If you’re into audiobooks, try it for Sleeping Giants! The full cast production makes all the difference. 😉

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