Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking about the most unique books we’ve read!
The Song of Achilles of Madeline Miller // This book is a retelling of the Iliad. It’s told through the eyes of Patroclus, as he falls in love with Achilles.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // I think this book is unique because of the perspective. It’s told by Death, as he tells us about Liesel’s life. Such a unique POV to read a WWII story from…
The Secret History by Donna Tartt // I can honestly say that I wouldn’t know how to describe this book, or recommend someone a similar one. It’s the story of a group of college students who murdered one of their friends. You’re reading about their friendship, their studies (Greek/Latin), their personalities, and why they murdered one of their own without any remorse.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton // Magical realism. It’s just so wonderful and unique. It’s the story of Ava and the lives of her maternal ancestors. Let’s just say her family has quite a tragic backstory.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers // What makes this book unique is the way it talks about rape culture in today’s society. It’s unapologetic and honest.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // Yes, I agree this is a very subjective choice. I chose this contemporary book as unique because it’s one of the first contemporaries in which I could truly relate to the main character. I recognized so much of myself in Molly. Only one other contemporary has really mastered that. So much of her struggles were (and some still are) mine.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // This is the other contemporary I was talking about. I love this story about an introvert girl with passions. A beautiful story doesn’t always have to be centered around a road trip, a bucket list, or a dramatic event. Most teenager’s lives are NOT like that at all. Instead, they are more like Frances’.
This Is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp // A story covering only 54 minutes? That seemed pretty unique to me. I always wondered how the author would manage to make us care about these characters in so little time. With so little chance of growth. But I was all in, after the first few pages.
Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff Vandermeer // This is a unique science fiction story, or at least in my opinion. It’s also incredibly weird. The story is told by the biologist. None of the women in the field experiment/trip actually are addressed by name. They are all just named after their profession, which removes the human connection you create with a character.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl // This is a murder mystery, with pictures, autopsy files and websites included in the book. It kind of feels like you’re trying to figure things out alongside them? As if you’re one of the investigators.
So those are my picks! I know that you probably won’t agree with all of them, but I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂