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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 a 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?