Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read. The way I decided to approach this is to focus on books that, when I read them, were truly unique to anything I had read before or had even heard of before. I realize some of these books do get compared to some others, but while I was reading them, they felt unique to me. This week’s list is in no particular order.
1. The Book Thief
The book is narrated by Death, and the prose is incredibly unique as well. I feel this truly is a unique book.
2. Code Name Verity
This book is extremely layered, and in the second part of it, I found myself continuously surprised by how everything was intertwined and tied in together.
3. For Darkness Shows the Stars
A Persuasion retelling set in the future and featuring genetic engineering? Unique, and awesome.
What if Cinderella was a cyborg? And lived in a future New Beijing? Definitely a unique twist on a classic story.
5. The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games was my foray into dystopia and reintroduced me into the young adult fold as an adult. A lot has been compared to it, though it has been compared to one or two books as well, but to me, it was completely new and eye-opening.
6. Finding Alice
The first and only book I’ve read about a main character with schizophrenia.
7. The Scorpio Races
A book set in a place that doesn’t exist and feels mostly real, with the exception of the deadly water horses.
8. Ready Player One
A book set in the future that focuses largely on playing a complex simulation game and is littered with references of the 1980’s, sci-fi favorites, anime, etc. (Review coming soon!)
9. What’s Left of Me
An alternate history book that focuses on a world where everyone is born with two souls, but only one is meant to remain.
10. Thirteen Reasons Why
What I find unique about this contemporary is the element of using cassette tapes to tell the story of a girl who has killed herself. The snippets of audio that our main character is listening to are woven into his story of discovering why Hannah killed herself and as he tries to wrestle with his guilt.
What are the most unique books you’ve read?