Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Most Unique Books I’ve Read

This weekly feature is hosted by the lovely bloggers at The Broke and Bookish.

This looks really fun and I’m going to attempt to do this feature as often as possible!

Right, onwards to the list of the most unique books I’ve read. As The Broke and Bookish note, this list can be because there was a unique spin on; the main character/s, n, the genre or topic. Anything at all that made it unique. This will be interesting ;)

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book was so surreal. I still think about it from time to time and think “what was that?”. The Night Circus was one of the most captivating, confusing, amazing and just absolutely surreal books I’ve ever read. Surreal really is the strongest word I can use to describe it, it was amazing.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book appeared on quite a few of these lists I noticed, and for good reason! Narrated by Death, The Book Thief is certainly unique. Death starts each chapter by telling the reader what is going to happen, e.g. which character is going to die. While this sounds horrible and unappealing, it is actually executed very well. It really helps the story. Also unique about The Book Thief for me, is that it is told from a character on the German side of the war, which when I read this book, I hadn’t really experienced before.

 
3. Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
This book really hit me hard. Written by a journalist who lived in South Korea for several years reporting on both South and North Korea, this book explains the completely horrific living conditions for North Koreans both now and in the past. Demick spoke to North Koreans who had defected and shares their stories in a way that is so gripping. I think about this book at least once a week, and I read it about 18 months ago. Some of the things … boy. How does this country actually exist?!

4 – 5. Gone Girl & Dark Places both by Gillian Flynn
Holy fuck. These books… Wow. I don’t really know how to explain them, but Flynn is AMAZING. In  a truly horrible way! Because these books are messed up. Yet, so incredibly gripping. I powered through Gone Girl. Twists, so many twists. Flynn has a way of reeling you in and making you think something is going to happen and then BAM! the absolute complete opposite of what you thought was going to happenDark Places is without a doubt, the creepiest book I have ever read. I think about this book far too often. Let’s just say, every night I always double check to make sure the doors are locked before I go to sleep, because of this book. Flynn is a mastermind.



6. Hunger Games
This book was unique for me in that I hadn’t read anything like this, in the Young Adult genre. A dystopian novel that was this disturbing, but for 16 year olds? Brilliant. I also very rarely like this style of writing, which is first-person, present-tense. But I loved this series. Katniss ftw.

 

7. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
This series is unique as it started a lifelong obsession  love affair with the wonderful Meg Cabot. I have since read The Princess Diaries series numerous time. I still fantasise about being Mia Thermopolis. I re-read this series most recently about 18 months ago. I think it might be time to again …

 
8. 1984 by George Orwell
This is my favourite book of all time. Ever. I absolutely love George Orwell. I love that he has a whole type of dystopian future named after him. I just hope that I never live in an Orwellian future though. This was the first dystopian book that I ever read and I found it completely fascinating. Poor Winston. The rats, oh god, the rats!



9. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
This book was my first Vonnegut and it was amazing. I really loved Vonnegut’s writing and this story was particularly unique. I actually don’t know how to explain this novel, it is so strange – in the best way possible! I think it’s time I re-read this again too, if only to be able to better explain it to people!



10. Austenland by Shannon Hale
This is unique for me, as this was a Jane Austen adaptation that I absolutely ADORED :):) It made me so happy. Hale is hilarious. I loved how the start of each chapter has a little story about the main characters previous boyfriends. This book was just a pure delight.

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4 Comments

  1. April 10, 2014 / 12:40 AM

    Great list :) The Hunger Games is one of my favourite book series, so good and definitely unique. I also really enjoyed Gone Girl, that was very different to the crime novels I have read before. My TTT.

  2. April 12, 2014 / 1:26 AM

    Thanks! The Hunger Games is one of my favourite series’ too :) Man, Gone Girl was so intense. It was just so clever, and yes, so very different from all other crime novels I’d read too! Off to check out your TTT list now! :)

  3. April 23, 2014 / 3:26 PM

    Im, I think it’s time you read The Naked Lunch or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I am enjoying your lists…regrading the worst love interests one, I had such hopes for Cho Chang – there are so few asian characters in books. Sadly, she sucked.

    • April 30, 2014 / 2:03 PM

      Glad you like the lists! I am enjoying writing them :) Cho Chang was a bit of a letdown :( We should make it a mission to write some western YA books with asian characters in them! There really isn’t many that I can think of :/
      Also, I’m sure I’ve read more unique books, but I just couldn’t think of any! haha Peter is IN LOVE with Fear and Loathing right now! xx

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