Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme put together by the fabulous
ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.
It’s Tuesday! And this week, we list the Top Ten Most Unique Books We’ve Read. Whether it was an extraordinary character, setting, point of view, or storyline, these novels possessed an intriguing aspect that made them impossible to put down.
Heather & Christie’s Top Ten
1. Room by Emma Donoghue: The premise of this novel was inventive and mesmerizing in and of itself, but the fact that the story is conveyed, artfully, from the perspective of a five year old boy…….kudos, Donoghue, kudos.
2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire : Taking the skeleton of a widely known, vastly popular American story and juxtaposing it in a telling from a different, underscored viewpoint all the while making it your own…..*insert writer jealousy here.*
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Aside from the fantastical dystopian world that she created for us, the refreshing aspect of this novel that ‘had me at hello’ was that it was my first YA novel containing a love triangle in which the female character was not crippled by it. Katniss did not bend her will or desires to get the guy. She accomplished what she set out to, and the boys factored in accordingly.
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: This novel engendered a great love of werewolves, but there were two specific things that sucked me in and left me touched by it. First, the hardback novel was edged in blue artwork and when I opened it up….. the story was written in matching blue ink. An aesthetic, I know, but it appealed to my book geekery. And two, and more important, these brief chapters of alternating perspective gave such an intimate look into the characters and the story. It felt remarkable.
5. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman: I(Christie) am a big Alice Hoffman fan. Each of her novels has an element of supernatural or magic that keeps her readers spellbound. This novel revolves around a woman who survives a lightning strike, and her journey through recovery and the mystical aftermath, and her attempt to meet another infamous victim. I was captivated, and I couldn’t put it down.
6. Sia by Josh Grayson: The beauty in this YA sci fi fantasy is the perspective. I(Christie) am a big geek, as loyal followers are well aware, and was pleasantly wowed by this tale of a girl who wakes up not remembering who she is, and her, and consequently the reader’s, fast paced journey at rediscovery.
7. Juliet Immmortal by Stacey Jay: This was another story that expounded and gave a unique perspective on perhaps the most well known tale penned by William Shakespeare. We adored it, and parting was certainly sweet sorrow.
8. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead: We seriously heart Richelle Mead. She secured us as sister wives with Vampire Academy and Bloodline series. The lexicon she builds in this story, laced with mythology, wraps you up in its complex beauty and never lets you go.
9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: The unique, mystery revolving around a young girl’s murder, told from her spectitive in achingly beautiful prose, peppered with a revealing look at the afterlife. We had definitely died and gone to Heaven with this one.
10. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: This story becomes a part of you…..everywhere. Heart, mind, body, soul. When a girl’s sister dies suddenly, not only must she contend with that loss, she finds herself caught between two boys, one of which was her dead sister’s boyfriend. It was a poignant journey through grief, love, guilt, and being an adolescent treading water through the middle of it.
And there you have it, Lovelies. Ten wonderful and unique novels that became a part of us, and that you should incorporate into your life as soon as possible!
What are some of your favorite, unique reads?