Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique Reads

Posted April 8, 2014 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

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I don’t think it’s a secret that I tend to seek out the weirdest and strangest books and that my favorites list is made of mostly books that could be considered “unique.”  So narrowing down the list to five was a tad difficult.

 1.  White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick.  I am absolutely in love with this author’s books.  Every singe one I’ve read so far has been mind-blowing in its own way, but White Crow is my favorite.  It’s creepy and atmospheric and scary, and has such a surprise ending that I don’t think anyone will see coming.

2.  The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher.  I don’t think I can adequately explain how much I love this book.  Everything about it is wonderful, especially especially especially the romance.  You guys know I’m not a huge romance fan, but this one gave me SO MANY FEELS.  I also think the heroine is very stand-out, and the voice in which this was written is one that will stick with you.

3.  Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton.  Another favorite of mine.  There are a lot of supposedly “emotionless” YA heroines out there, but Kelsey Sutton has actually perfect that sort of voice.  The MC literally has no emotions – not in the angry, simmering under the surface way, but in the way where she actually struggles to feel things.  Finally, these emotions are personified.  How badass is that?

4.  Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.  All of the yessssss.  This is one retelling that manages to take its source material and flip it on its head without totally losing the story and themes throughout.  Plus major bonus points for serious fucking creativity in every fiber of this book from the heroine, the love interest, the world building and the Inception-like results.

5.  Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.  Dangerous Girls is about a teen girl who is accused of murdering her best friend.  What makes this unique, beyond the MC’s voice, is that there are many different infrequently seen settings, like prison and a courtroom.  It’s intriguing, it’s terrifying, and it’s delicious.

Lyn’s Picks
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1. Keeper by Kathi Appelt – Contemporary and fantasy, personal lore, forbidden yet touching love, and Coastal Texas mythology blend together in this wonderful poetic book.  This novel is so underrated, and the voice of the characters, as well as the surprise twists makes this one of the unique books I have ever read.
2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – This contemporary sick lit novel takes the entire genre and says, “Yeah, screw all of that. We’re going to get real up in here.” The completely ballsy and touchingly honest yet brutal voice of Andrews’ books has yet to be matched in anything else yet to date in my personal library.
3. Suicide Watch by Kelley York – What makes this book unique? The real, authentic voice of Vincent and his struggles with the thought of suicide and the crippling anxiety he faces in his life.  This is the most honest, true-to-life novel in my own reading experience. 
4. Pivot Point by Kasie West – I know I brag about this book every other week, but I love this book because it is different, and I felt a whole slew of real, honest-to-god feelings at the end of this book. This one stands alone due to the cheeky definition at the start of each chapter to keep the reader from becoming lost, and the compelling plot of the two-for-one story telling.
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Death. ‘Nuff said.
Until next week!

23 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique Reads

  1. I read Marcus Sedgwick’s newest book and while I liked it, it seems like it’s completely different from the stuff he usually writes. I want to try one of his dark, creepy books because the one I read was not. Loved Cruel Beauty and the Book Thief was amazing!
    Thanks so much for stopping by, Bekka! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Such good choices here Bekka and Lyn. Bekka, I so want to try my copy of Dangerous Girls now I know it’s so weird and so good; my copy is different, more like a navy blue with shattered glass look, but still, beautiful cover, and I’m still wary over Cruel Beauty. Lyn, I couldn’t agree more with Pivot Point, such a great concept and so well executed. I really tried with The Book Thief, but I just couldn’t carry on, I don’t know why..

  3. Well, the only one I’ve read is The Book Thief but the rest of these do sound extremely unique. The SYNC audiobook downloads have Cruel Beauty listed so I’ll be trying that one out. I’ve never heard of a few of the others so thanks for sharing!

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