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.