Top 10 Tuesday #98


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Today’s Topic: Top Ten Unique Books I’ve Read


1.  The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde — These books, about a woman who polices books, are so fantastic and complex, it is actually really hard to describe. You have to read them, especially if you’re a lover of books.  I read the first four and then years later a fifth and sixth were written and I haven’t been able to read them because I would definitely have to go back and reread the first.  It would be worth it if I didn’t have so many other books to read right now.


2.  The Lumatere Chronicles  by Melina Marchetta — Honestly, I don’t remember why I picked this book up, probably on the suggestion of another blogger, but wow, I’m so glad I did.  A fantasy world very intricately wrought, romance, danger…it’s all there. I really need to complete this series, but again, I would have to reread Finnikin.


3.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor — My first series about an angel, but I had no idea it was about angels or I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.  I think Tee at YA Crush is the one that recommended it to me and I am so glad she did.  The final book, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, is finally out (today!) and I cannot wait to read it.  This is the book of the year for me.


4.  The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare — I have never really been one for worlds that were too terribly different than the one I inhabit and I do not remember why I picked up this book, but I instantly fell in love with Jace and Clary. I’ve read the books multiple times.  I think these are gateway books to me trying new things in the literary sense.  Thanks, Cassie.


5.  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga — I do not like horror in movies, but for some reason, I do like it in books. I grew up reading Christopher Pike, R. L. Stine (Fear Street, not Goosebumps, that’s how old I am), and Lois Duncan.  This book is unique in that the MC might actually be the bad guy, or bad guy.  And it is so well-written.


6.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart — There’s not too much I can say about this book, but it is truly like nothing I’ve ever read.  Thought what happens in the book may have been done before, the way it was executed is what makes it unique.  (Review to come.)


7.  How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman — Whoa, this book.  You have no idea what’s going on, but you’re on the edge of your seat.  The action isn’t necessarily overtly scary, but the MCs thoughts and feelings will have you turning pages.  What is real?  Why is this woman, for lack of a better word, tripping? 🙂 It’s good. I recommend it.


8.  Where the Moon Isn’t (alternate title: The Shock of the Fall) by Nathan Filer — This is another book that will leave you wondering what the heck is going on because the MC and narrator is NOT reliable.


9.  Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman — A friend recommeded this to me and it is really something that I’d never read before.  The best way I have of describing it is that it’s kind of like a stand up act in book form.  It’s a collection of essays, mostly about pop culture,  and they’re funny and strange.   It’s been years since I’ve read it, but I think it’s definitely something that could be read again, or maybe I should check out his other books.


10.  Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange — You wanna talk about unique?  By the title alone, you can tell it’s going to be different, but what surprised me about this is that it wasn’t farsical, it was very well done with a little bit of a gothic vibe (because, duh).  It surprised me by how well written it was because you see Mr. Darcy, Vampyre and you think it’ll be one long joke.  It was a good book, except for the very end, which I thought may have been out of character for our Elizabeth.

So, that’s all I have for this week.  What OUT THERE books would you recommend?



11 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday #98

  1. Alison April 8, 2014 at 7:49 am Reply

    The Thursday Next books sound really interesting. I love books in my books.

    Yes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is really different type of fantasy. I love it! I don’t even mind the romance that much.

    We Were Liars was a really cool idea for a story. I can’t wait for it to be published so more people can read it.

    • Daphne April 8, 2014 at 9:01 am Reply

      I’m interested in what people have to say about We Were Liars. I didn’t love it, but it was definitely an interesting & unique story.

  2. Emily @ Oh Magic Hour April 8, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply

    Such good picks! I had Fforde on my list as well – I feel like if you’ve read a book by him there’s no way he doesn’t end up on your unique books list. His writing is so fantastical and absurd, but also intelligent… it’s like nothing else I’ve read, honestly.

    I am so annoyed that I haven’t read Finnikin yet. I’ve been in the perfect mood, but review books and library books with earlier due dates keep getting in my way. SOON! I know I will love it.

    • Daphne April 8, 2014 at 9:00 am Reply

      i meant to mention the Jasper Ffore on my comment because I want to read it. I want to read everything he’s ever written, he’s fantastic 🙂 Finnikin is really good. I may pick it up on audio to reread for a road trip soon. 🙂

  3. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook April 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I felt the same way about I Hunt Killers, too! Also, I hate horrow movies, but I can never pass up a creepy book. I also grew up reading RL Stine Fear Street. I didn’t read Goosebumps either.

    And I should have thought to include The Eyre Affair. That is a seriously unique story premise.

    • Daphne April 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm Reply

      I really want to reread them, but you know how involved and intricate they are, they demand all your attention

  4. Ashley @The Quiet Concert April 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm Reply

    I need to eventually read a Marchetta book. My coblogger just loves her and I have yet to try any of her books. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my favorites, everything about it is truly fantastic! Great List!

    • Daphne April 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm Reply

      oh, yes, but this Marchetta is pretty much COMPLETELY different than most of her other stuff, which is generally contemporary.

  5. Jen @ April 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Now I’m even more excited to read We Were Liars! I’m off to add about half of these to my TBR, now. What awesome recommendations! Thanks, Daphne. 🙂

    • Daphne April 9, 2014 at 6:36 am Reply

      that’s what we’re here for 😉

  6. Christina April 9, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

    I love books with twists I didn’t see coming; I like to be surprised (pleasantly). You’ve got some on here that sounds like they fit the bill – *adds to TBR pile*

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