Top Ten Tuesdays #134: Unique Superlatives

Posted April 11, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 20 Comments

Books with ~Unique~ Aspects (Superlative Style!)

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

This week’s topic involves the most unique books I’ve read. Because I’ve done similar posts and really can’t think of many more, I figured I would do some superlatives for unique aspects of books I’ve read. Most of them are somewhat recent so you won’t be bored of the same examples I always give 😉

Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins • I haven’t read many paranormal books, but I remember being baffled by the whole Paladin thing because it’s not the standard vampire/witch/demon concept that I’ve seen. The whole trilogy was really interesting and enjoyable!

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn • Again, I don’t foray into magical realism as much as I could, but a magical wish-granting moonshine concept feels pretty unique to me. I hope to read more of this author’s books sometime soon because all of them are very different!

Dreamology by Lucy Keating • Clearly Lucy Keating is another one with unique concepts! This book was about a couple who meet in their dreams and then find out that the other person is actually real. Such a great book that I couldn’t put down.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett • The main characters worked in a really cool museum, that used to just be a rich, eccentric couple’s mansion. There were weird rooms for people to tour and see what kind of stuff they had collected. The larger area was a little seaside town in California with a boardwalk I’d love to visit, if it were real. Churros for daysssss.

Black Dog Bay series by Beth Kendrick • Probably one of the best settings I’ve ever read! Black Dog Bay is known as a “heartbreak haven” because the tourists there can recover from their breakups at themed restaurants, bars, and shops (The Gilted Cafe, Rebound Salon, Whinery Bar, etc.). It was also set on the beach, which was even better.

Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne • This book involved a major snowstorm on a little island (if I remember correctly?) town. The main character and her mom started up a B&B that was the cutest. I love settings like that and thought the super cold town was unique.

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas • I loved how this thriller started with the “end” of the story and jumped around across time. It was wild to see how things went down, and then backtrack and wonder how the hell things ended up so bad. It had a really cool way of alternating between time periods – totally added to the story.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera • These chapters alternated between “then” and “now,” and the story centers around the MC’s ex-boyfriend passing away. It was really heartbreaking to see how their relationship was, how it ended, how he died, and how it impacted the rest of the story.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon • This book was full of seemingly useless POV switches between random characters and the two main ones. I kind of love multi-POV books and even I thought it was kind of pointless for a while. I loved how it wrapped up and everything ended up being necessary to the story.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall • I’ve never read a book quite like this one! The story alternated between a bunch of different characters… everyone except the two people in the budding romance. It featured a park bench, a squirrel, a bus driver, a professor, friends, family… It was a really cool setup.

Hello? by Liza Wiemer • Each character in this one had a different format. Some were told through regular text, some through screenplay, and some through poetry or artwork. It was fun to see what was happening next and meet each character through their own “media.”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon • I sat and read this at my desk at work in basically one setting. It was a quick and easy read because of the format. There were little notes, drawings, and regular text mixed together. Each page had something different on it, like a scrapbook.

The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff • This series is awesome. You get the entire story through diagrams, space-y pictures, lists, IM/chat conversation, transcripts of video footage, interview transcripts… everything! It’s incredibly fun.

20 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #134: Unique Superlatives

  1. A Litte Something Different definitely has unique POVs. I mean, it has 12! I understand how distracting it is to some people, but for me, it works perfectly!

  2. I loved that aspect of A Little Something Different! Even though the story overall fell a little flat for me (I didn’t really feel connected to the characters, probably due to how many different perspectives there were) I still thought it was absolutely adorable. Great list! 🙂

  3. I’ve had ‘everything, everything’ but haven’t read it yet. Oh and I’m planning to read Illuminae. Hmm, why did I forget about it? It’s been getting great reviews so far, so I’m curious!! The rest of the books in the list sound interesting, too. Which ones are your MOST favorites? 😁

  4. I loved the concept of Down with Shine!! I also read Another Little Piece and THAT concept is even more out there. I think all of Kate Karyus Quinn’s books are and will be kinda weird. And I like weird.

    Also, I LOVED the setting in Alex, Approx. It was by far my favorite part of that book.

    Great list!

  5. You have so many good books on this list! I love how you broke everything down. I loved the random POVs in The Sun is Also a Star. I’m excited to read Alex, Approximately and get to read about this setting.

    • I know a lot of people DNFed (or at least a few) The Sun is Also a Star because of the random POVs. They thought they were pointless and weird. I was like noooo, keep reading! You’ll get it later!!

  6. Aw, I forgot about “Rebel Belle.” I read that one a couple of years ago, and would definitely say it’s a unique read! Currently reading “Everything, Everything” (SO GOOD!), and ‘Alex’ sounds really cute. 🙂

  7. Down With the Shine was unlike anything! I had a hard time at first – magical realism is v take it or leave it for me – but so original, undoubtedly.

    [adds entire Black Dog Bay series to TBR]

    I super loved Dangerous Girls! I really need to get to Dangerous Boys.

    YES ILLUMINAE. And Gemina. And now hopefully Obsidio!
    p.s. the adult scifi Sleeping Giants is kiiiinda like Illuminae. You might enjoy 🙂

    This was a v fun TTT! Thanks for the new books 🙂

  8. I’d been passing over Everything Everything so many times, but now that I know it’s written that way, I’m very curious. Off to add to my wishlist now. Cheers!

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