Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

It's a little late in the day, but I just couldn't resist...
I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday today, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here's today's topic: 
Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Here are my books (in no particular order):

1. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. This is a retelling of Austen's Sense and Sensibility, but as a dystopian and it is done so marvelously well. It isn't only unique in its setting, but it is unique in how the author made the story her own.

2. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. Two books in a row that are based on Austen. I actually didn't do that on purpose, but maybe that says something. . . .This is an epistolary book, in other words, written through letters (epistolary works can be written with all types of documents). I've read a few of these types of books before. What makes this one stand out is how it plays off of Austen and other classics that are woven into the story. Another great book!

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This is just such a unique story with intriguing characters. There were several different myths and fairy tales that seemed to inspire this story and be interwoven throughout. How more unique can you get than a castle and a man that literally physically supports a kingdom and the dome that keeps it contained?

4. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. This is one of the most unique Contemporary YA books I have read. The whole idea of a teenage girl trying to live like her grandmother did ages ago and the focal point not being on romance was a breath of fresh air. Definitely not something I've ever read in YA.

5. Pivot Point by Kasie West. Another favorite. A girl who can psychically see the future of her choices and then make a decision in the present based on that knowledge was fabulous! There seems to have been quite a few parallel universe type books published lately, but this isn't like those. It's in a class all its own.

6. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. This series is just unique. The first book with it's time-period language and setting just blew me away! This book is even more unique because of the historical figures and the very dramatic ending. Don't know what I'm talking about? Sorry. I can't share, but it's something that I couldn't believe the author would do. I still loved it anyway and can't wait for the third book.

7. The Accidental Marriage by Annette Haws. This was the first book I read that is set in the not-so-distant 1970's. I know about women not being respected in the workplace and how expectations were so different, but I really didn't understand what that meant. This book was so unique because of the time period, alone, for a novel released last year.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is probably the most unique book I've ever read. The artistry of the descriptions, characters, just the story as a whole was so unique and amazing. It was like I was really transported to a different place and time inside the circus itself.

9. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Umm...people with super powers who are tyrannical villains who rein with no super heroes to save the day in sight? Who would think to write a story like that and make it work marvelously? Brandon Sanderson. Need I say more?

10. All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry. I can honestly say that I have never ever read anything like this. It was historical, lyrical, and entirely depressing. The story is about a girl who basically becomes the town's outcast when she is kidnapped and then shows up alive years later not able/or allowed to speak because her tongue has been cut out. Still gives me the chills.

How about you? What unique books have you read that have stuck with you?



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