Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie (yayyy)! I am choosing to talk about the top ten most unique books that I’ve ever read.
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Nearly every one knows or has heard the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. However, if you make Cinderella a cyborg from another planet whose goal is to stop an evil queen from marrying a Prince and taking over the world with the help of Little Red and Rapunzel, you have The Lunar Chronicles. In my opinion, this whole series has been perfect so far and has surprised me more than once. It takes your typical fairy tales and flips them and I love that idea. Read my reviews of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If not for the beautiful story, this book is very unique because of the narrator. The Book Thief, if you haven’t yet read it is narrated by Death himself, but he’s not a creepy, lurking character. He is gentle, kind, and compassionate and I love how he pauses and talks directly to the reader. While this takes us out of this stunning work of art, his insight is helpful.
3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I loved everything about this book, from it’s amazing main character to the unique way it looks at both angels and demons. It’s a beautiful story that is so easy to get lost inside. Read my review here.
4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
The Scorpio Races was more than I had ever even expected, and I was surprised at how powerful and unique a tale it really was. I loved the two main characters and loved that Puck was such a strong female character, despite being told that she couldn’t race because of her sex. Read my review here.
5. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
One thing I loved about this book was how it showed that ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things. Ed, the main character in this book is going nowhere with his life when he starts recieving playing cards with directions on them in the mail, when he becomes the messenger. Like Zusak’s book The Book Thief, the narration was very unusual and the writing vivid and descriptive.
6. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
This book may look large and intimidating, but the story is told mainly through photos that progress almost as if it were a film. There is very little text, but it helps to read dialogue between characters. The illustrations in this novel are powerful and so detailed that it is easy to get lost in them.
7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book was one of the very first books by Neil Gaiman that I have read and I was blown away at how unique the characters were in this book (and there were a lot of them). Gaiman paints such beautiful and memorable scenes that stick with you long after you are done reading.
8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Going Bovine is a hilarious and moving tale about a slacker who contacts Mad Cow Disease. While it tackles a tough subject and some of it is hard to read, the laugh-out-loud moments should not be overlooked. Read my review here.
9. The Diviners by Libba Bray
I loved this book for so many reasons: it takes place during the roaring twenties, there is a supernatural serial killer on the loose in Manhattan, and a diverse and exciting group of characters that I can’t wait to see more of.
10. The BFG by Roald Dahl
There is just something about the way Roald Dahl writes his heroes and his villains that keeps his books in your mind and heart for your whole life. This unique story of unlikely friendship between a young girl and a goofy giant has a wonderful message and is one of Dahl’s most memorable stories.