Top Ten Most Unique Books We’ve Read

Posted April 11, 2017 by Ely in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

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.

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19 responses to “Top Ten Most Unique Books We’ve Read

  1. Totally agree with the ones that I’ve read here. The Next Together was so fun and totally unique. A Darker Shade of Magic was on my list as well. I just need to read the last book, putting it off a little cause I don’t want it to end. Thanks for the post girls

  2. I would agree with you about The Book Thief. It’ll probably be on a lot of people’s lists. It was pretty unique though. I like how Death is portrayed very differently than we see him in pop culture thought. It was a welcome change!

    • I definitely agree with you. I love Zusak’s portrayal of death—it’s so different to anything else I’ve ever seen!

  3. Fantastic list! I finished The Next Together yesterday and it’s on my list today! The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is an amazing book, goodness knows why I forgot it! The Book Thief and Bone Gap are amazing too. I have Illuminae on my list as well!

  4. I also chose The Book Thief! Rudy, though. Rudy. The Island Will Sink sounds really amazing, I’ll have to look that one up now. I’ve also wanted to read The Next Together, ever since I saw Lauren James appear in Alice Oseman’s YouTube videos 😀

    Great list!

  5. I had a different VE book on my list (the only one I’ve yet to read) and I have Illuminae in my want to read side. So many unique books and never enough time!

  6. The Next Together has been on my TBR for what seems like the longest time. I’m so intrigued by the premise of it, but I just haven’t gotten around to actually reading it yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it this summer. Great list! 🙂

  7. I remember how excited I was when I realized The Book Thief was being narrated by death. I thought that was a pretty unique concept. The author really pulled it off, too.

    Here is my TTT. Thanks!

  8. I love the format in Illuminae, but at the same time I didn’t really like the actual story. I’m still including it in my list though, haha. I’ve been wanting to read Bone Gap for so long now. Everythign I’ve heard about that book has been amazing. Oh and I love ADSOM so much! I only recently read it but it’s quickly become one of my favorite books and favorite worlds. I love all of VE Schwab’s worlds/story ideas though, honestly.

  9. The Rest of Us Just Live Here was a really unique book. For sure. I loved the idea of the story being about the kids that don’t save the world. It’s about the kids Buffy went to school with, not Buffy or the Scoobies. It was quite the clever idea that Patrick Ness had.

  10. A Darker Shade of Magic and Bone Gap have been on my TBR forever. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a recent addition as well! I think The Girl From Eveywhere by Heidi Heilig, Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, and Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin are some of the most unique books I’ve read.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    P.S. – I absolutely adore your new blog design!

    • Michelle

      It is one of our favourite books we both love it to bits, I do highly suggest giving it a look for sure but only if it sounds like in interests you.

  11. ADSOM was also on my list, but I forgot about His Dark Materials and The Book Thief. I adore them both and they’re incredibly unique (although I was very young when I read HDM so I remember very little).
    I’ve wanted to read Bone Gap for a while now, specifically because I’ve heard how unique it is. Basically, if a book has an interesting premise that sounds like nothing I’ve ever read before, chances are it’s going on my TBR (and there are very high chances I’ll love it).
    I focused on my favourites for my list so I didn’t include Illuminae and Rest of Us. I know they’re really popular but i found the story in Illuminae a little generic and Rest of Us a little dull, which is a shame because I absolutely adore Patrick Ness’s other books! But I gave both books 2 stars rather than 1 because conceptually I was OBSESSED with them! Great list!

  12. I love these lists! I haven’t yet read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, but I want to. The Book Thief definitely fits with the unique theme. How many books are narrated by death? Thank you for sharing!