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Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

So my Minnesotan brains has trouble not putting scare quotes around unique and thinking of it as meaning a bad thing, like what you say when you’re trying to give a compliment but can’t think of anything good to say, haha. However, that is not how I mean it this time! I  tried really hard to come up with the ten books that have something that makes them different from anything else I’ve read.

Also, so many of these books actually fit into multiple of these categories >.>. But I had to try to fit them since that’s how my brain works ;-).

Amazing Worlds

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb  Elantris by Brandon Sanderson A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda

  1.  The Mark of the Dragonfly – All I can say is meteors of forgotten items raining down from the sky. Meteors with items from other worlds!!!
  2. Where the Rock Splits the Sky – The Earth’s rotation has been stopped by aliens so the western US is stuck in a forever twilight. The Moon has been broken apart, screwing up the Earth’s ocean tides. Crazy things happen in the Zone in the far west of the US and discovering all of them was so awesome!
  3. Elantris – The gods died a few years ago and ever since people have been waking up cursed instead of blessed. They’re dumped in the former city of the gods where they can’t die, but they also can’t heal even the smallest scratch and slowly go mad. A lost magic system involves writing letters in the air absolutely perfectly :D.
  4. A Turn of Light – This one I reviewed only last week, but my absolute favorite thing about it was the world. The magic that is hinted at and the magical realm hidden from site are just astounding. There are toads that lay eggs and have pointy teeth, grain that will kill you if you enter the field before harvest but then harvests itself, and so much more. I can’t wait for book two to find out more!

Addictive Writing

The White Forest by Adam McOmber The Waking Engine by David Edison Mind Games by Kiersten White

  1.  The White Forest – This book is so weird but so awesome to read. It has a very gothic feel to it and was generally trippy, but I absolutely loved the writing and the feelings it evoked.
  2. The Waking Engine – Another trippy book but the writing was like chocolate to my brain! I had some quibbles with other things, but I couldn’t stop reading because I just loved how it made my mind feel haha.
  3. Mind Games – I fully admit that I love stream-of-consciousness narration and therefore loved the writing of Mind Games. Fia is definitely screwed up, but the more disjointed her thoughts became, the happier I was ;-). Do you know of any other awesome stream-of-consciousness books for me?

Delicious Characters

Vicious by Victoria Schwab The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

  1.  Vicious – I looooooove grey characters and you can’t really get more grey than the main characters all being super-villains, haha.
  2. The Lies of Locke Lamora – I honestly love everything about this book, but decided to go with the characters (and the world really) making it unique. More grey characters :D. They are thieves in a gang called The Gentleman Bastards and it is a wonderfully accurate name! I listened to this one on audio and the excellent narration with unique voices for each character just made me love them more ;-).
  3. Earth Girl – Jarra is the typical spunky MC that we love in YA but she is so much more since she is also Handicapped. She’s one of the few people that can’t seem to survive going off planet in the age of teleportation and human settlements all over the galaxy. Jarra’s narration is priceless and I adored her for being strong while also dealing with her weaknesses.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree that they are unique? If you don’t, then I’d love to find more like them :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Alyn Yang says:

    I have only heard of two of those books and read none of them at all. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  2. Where the Rock Splits the Sky – How did I miss this one?! I’m going to add it!
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  3. There are only 4 books on your list that I haven’t read! 2 of which are in addictive writing. I’ll have to check them all out. I do have Mark of the Dragonfly I need to read and Lies of Locke Lamora! I think I own Mind Games as well – so that would put us at just 1 we don’t have in common. Our compatibility ratio is high….will you marry me?
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    • OMG you must read Lies of Locke Lamora!!!!!! I’m shocked and horrified that you haven’t yet! ;-) You should really have proposed at dinner, it would have been cuter :-P But yes! *swoons*

  4. The Waking Engine is on my TR list, but I am waiting for the library to get it because it is an unknown author to me.

  5. I haven’t read any of those but I am going to bookmark this for my “out of the box” reads for next year :)
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  6. I don’t think I’ve read any of these, but definitely unique (in the good way), and definitely putting a few on the ol’ TBR list. :)
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  7. I haven’t read any of these books, but a there is a few that I want to read.

  8. As always, a great post! Thanks for the list.

  9. Great list! Haven’t read many of those, but I’ll have to check a few of them out. I think we can always count on Mr. Sanderson for unique stories. Happy Tuesday, Anya! :D
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  10. Wowwww, lots of these sound so awesome! You know I love Vicious/Locke Lamora/Elantris, but Where the Rock Splits the Sky sounds REALLY cool – eternal twilight? :O I love it.
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  11. Great list! I haven’t heard of a lot of these. I was sent a whole bunch of books from Chicken House and Where The Rock Splits The Sky and Fire and Flood were two of them, I guess Chicken House must have good taste because I loved them both immensely. I’m curious to see what else Philip Webb comes up with. I have his other book, Six Days, to read though. It’s been sitting on my shelf forever!

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    • I’ve completely fallen in love with Chicken House! I think I might need to go through their backlist now >.>

      Oo, and I need to read Webb’s other book, I didn’t realize there was one :D

  12. Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    OOh nice list! Only one I’ve read is Mind Games. It was only a so-so read for me. The rest are totally new to me! Great list!

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    • I’ve seen a lot of people feeling that way about Mind Games, so I know I’m the black sheep ;-). I just love broken characters way too much!

  13. I still have Mind Games on my TBR list, and I also have Vicious on my kindle but I haven’t gotten to it yet! Great list! Adding Earth Girl to my TBR
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  14. Elantris was a very good read. I wish there would be another.

    • I completely agree, I actually asked Sanderson at a signing if there would be someday and he didn’t say no!

  15. It was the back and forth time jumps within the chapter that just blew me away about Lynch’s first book. I had never seen anything like it,and better still it was done really, really good.
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    • Fun fact: I listened to Lies on audio so the time jumps were a little bit impossible for me to follow, haha. I totally agree in hindsight and love that element, but oof that made my brain hurt at points, hehe.

  16. I’ve just about been stalking everyone’s Top Ten post this week, looking for great books to read. I just love books that are unique. But I LOVE how you have categorized them further. Just going to add all the “Addictive Writing” to my list now.
    As for stream-of-consciousness books , I have on my mind right now but I just can’t remember the name of it…
    Uh. I hate this! I Can’t remember the name! But it had this awesome, first person narrative that just got more and more disjointed as the character delved into depression.
    But I cant. remember. the. name.

    • I’m so with you! I feel like I’ve read so many of the same books so I’m always excited for unique books these days :D

      When you remember feel free to Tweet/Goodreads/email/etc me :D

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