Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

I don't tend to read a lot of "quirky" books, but here are ones that I thought were unique either in narrator choice or in the fact that it offers something different than the rest of the books in its genre.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There are two unique aspects here.  The first is that it is narrated by Death, which offers a very unique perspective.  Secondly, it is a WWII book that takes place in Germany and is about Germans.  Most WWII books I've read are about the Holocaust or from the Allies perspective.  This book reminds us that the Germans were human too and also suffered.  It is an important thing to remember.

The Book Thief

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I loved the way this was written.  I loved Todd's manner of speech.  Sometimes "dialect-y" speech can be very distracting, but when it is done well I think it can immerse you even further into the character.  It was also a very visual experience - especially when Todd could hear voices.  It really enhanced my reading experience.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

3. All The Truth in That's in Me by Julie Berry
I wasn't sure how a second person narrative was going to work, but it does. 

All the Truth That's in Me 

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
You think you know what is going on...then you realize you had no idea.

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Another unique narrator.  This time a 15 year old autistic boy investigating the death of his neighbor's dog.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

6. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
This is kind of a monster of a book.  It is dense.  But what I really liked about it was that it is written in the same style as the time period.  It made you feel like you were reading a book from the early 1800s, not just a book about the early 1800s

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

7. Abarat by Clive Barker
The imagination is overflowing.  Plus, it includes illustrations!

Abarat (Abarat, #1)

8. Pure by Julianna Baggott
In a very crowded genre, this dystopian feels very different - whether the characters, the plot or the written style.

Pure (Pure, #1)

9. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
This is psychological drama but told with pictures, photographs and words.  It is amazing how this story can be told so visually.


10. Angelfall by Susan Ee
This book deserves to be on my list for making me love a book about angels.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

1 comment :

  1. Abarat! :D I've been meaning to read Jonathan Strange FOREVER (I used to have the book, but I have a feeling it got lost somewhere in one of the million moves since I bought it). And I can not WAIT to start reading Chopsticks - I snagged my friend's copy, but sadly forgot it in South Carolina so I have to wait until late summer to read it!



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