There a lot of different ways a book can be considered unique, it could be the formatting or the plot or even the characters. Here are some of the books that have struck us as unique reads for whatever reason.
Illuminae Files series by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
This series is an obvious choice because of the interesting formatting of the book. This book is told through IM or emails or observed surveillance camera footage etc This is the kind of book you need to turn all around and upside down to be able to read and it’s quite fun and addicting experience. I feel like the formatting of these books is part of what makes them such great reads and entirely clever, as well as the kick ass characters and MASSIVE plot twists.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I’ve not read any book quite like Bone Gap, going into this I didn’t realise it was magical realism but it did not disappoint me in fact it was indeed quite magical but in terms of the writing. I think this book really sucks you in an intrigues you with the mystery but also makes you fall for the characters in this weird story but you don’t even care that it’s a bit weird because it’s so good…make any sense?
The Next Together by Lauren James
This series is also told in interesting format with emails, newspaper articles and even little notes but it is not only that it is mixed in with traditional writing style aswell. I find the different formatting makes it quick to read and I was intrigued by how it added depth to the story. This book/series also strongly features time travel which is an added bit of uniqueness I believe. I highly recommend these books.
The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I think this book is unique thematically with the story not following the specific “chosen one” trope and instead having it follow background characters and making you get invested in their lives. I like that with this story you get hints and information about what is happening to those “chosen ones” but it doesn’t turn into a book about them and really makes you care about the real characters of the book. I was surprised with this book because I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did.
All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
This story follows a young woman that goes missing and when she comes back she has had her tongue cut out and can’t properly speak. It is interesting being in the mind of this young woman that has so much to say but can’t say anything. I also thought the story was quite beautiful in places and surprising overall.
The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle
This was one of the best books I read last year, and definitely one of the most unique. It’s really hard to explain, but it’s this kind of environmental end of the world kind of book. I wasn’t sure about it originally, but it’s incredibly good. Also, Briohny is now one of my lecturers at Uni. CAN WE JUST?
The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter
Keeping with the Aussie them, I present to you The Monkey’s Mask. This is an LGBTQ+ crime book, which is awesome in itself but it only gets more awesome because it’s told entirely in verse. I admit that I wasn’t a huge fan, but it was super unique.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I love this series. I would marry this series if I could. Okay, maybe not but you get the gist. I think the world(s) in this book are incredible and so different to any others that I’ve read. I love everything about this series from the characters to the depictions of morality. Oh my god, I could fangirl all day.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I think this is going to make a few people’s lists today but I couldn’t not include it. So it’s narrated by death, yada yada. Liesl is amazing. Rudy is gorgeous. So on. You get the idea.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
I feel like this is probably a popular choice too, but like His Dark Materials—I adore the worlds in this book. I haven’t read the rest of the books yet so I feel like this is just going to keep getting better.
What are some of your most unique reads? We would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or link us to your TTT list for the week.