Is it Tuesday already? I guess it is! That means it’s time for another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read. I really like this theme, because it allows me to showcase some of the awesome books I’ve read that are quirky, cool, and original. So, in no particular order:
- More Than This by Patrick Ness. This book is unique because of the perspective it’s written from as well as the idea of the story itself. Seth, the main character, doesn’t know whether he is alive or dead, and the answer to his question is so surprising that I never EVER saw it coming. If you’re looking for an abundance of twists and turns, this is the book for you.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. There are plenty of fantasy books out there in the young adult genre, but this one is almost all-encompassing. It incorporates so many different types of “creatures” or “beings,” both new and common. However, the common ones are redefined with unusual characteristics. Pick this book up if you want to escape into a complex, layered world of fantasy mixed with reality.
- Every Day by David Levithan. I didn’t expect such a fantasy-ish book to be written by David Levithan, since he usually writes regular contemporary fiction, so that aspect is unique in itself. This book tells the story of A, who wakes up in a different person’s body every day. It’s fascinating to see the various lives that A lives only for a single day each, and somehow Levithan creates a fluid story arc despite A’s complicated and haphazard existence. If it’s an original story idea you’re looking for, then this book will surely deliver.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I’m going to be honest: this book is just plain strange. I mean, really: a boy living on a raft with a tiger? How many books are about that? AND THE ENDING! I still don’t even know what to think about the way the story ended. If you a book that will make you think and ask plenty of questions, then read Life of Pi.
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. This book is unique because it’s all about salt. You heard me: this entire book is devoted to the history of salt and how this single substance has had such a large impact on societies around the globe. I read it for my AP World History class last year and at first I thought it would be boring, but it was surprisingly interesting. Check out this book if you want to know more about the enormous importance of salt.
- Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. This book stands out because it is written entirely in poems. Each poem could be read by itself as a separate piece of writing, but together they create the story of a teenage relationship. Not many books are written in this format, and it was really refreshing to read something different. If poetry is your thing, why not give this book a go?
- Flowers for Algernon by David Keyes. The way this book is written and the subject is covers is unlike any other book I have read before. It tells the story of a man with an extremely low IQ, who undergoes testing and a new experiment to try to make him more intelligent. The writing itself, including sentence structure, grammar, spelling, etc., changes drastically throughout the novel and the main character’s mind is altered. If you don’t mind sad stories, then I would definitely recommend reading this book.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. When I first read this as a child, the ideas the story presented seemed so strange that I hardly understood what it was talking about. Having read it a few times since then, I am now able to comprehend the fascinating science fiction world that L’Engle has created in this series. If you’re searching for an excellently written story with lovable characters and an interesting plot, then you should absolutely give this book a chance.
- BZRK by Michael Grant. I can honestly say that I have never heard of another YA book about nano-bot wars in the human mind. This is one book that I definitely have to read again, because I still don’t think that I quite grasped all of the finer details of the story. It’s complicated and very science-based, but it’s totally worth it. If you’re interested in the combination of technology and psychology, then you would probably really enjoy BZRK.
- The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. I first read this book in middle school, and I absolutely loved it. The author writes as though he is confiding a secret to you, and it makes you feel as though he is whispering in your ear. The story itself is spontaneous, random, and utterly original. If it’s fun you want, then it’s this book you should pick up!
Unfortunately, it sometimes feels like nothing is really original in today’s modern society. But have no fear! These books are sure to introduce you to something fresh, new, and interesting. If you’re in the mood to be surprised or intrigued, definitely check one of these books out!
What are the most unique books that you’ve read? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!