This post is inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I personally love reading TTT lists, as they give me tons of new books to read. I’m super excited to finally get to be a part of Top Ten Tuesday, so I hope you enjoy!
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
This book is the epitome of unique. The story is told through interviews, emails, instant messages, video footage, and awesome graphics. I loved the designs on all the pages and how they became such an important part of the story. The book would have a totally different feel had it been written traditionally.
2. Replica by Lauren Oliver
It’s practically two books in one! You can read the story in alternating chapters or straight through either story. (I read in alternating chapters, I think it seemed to flow better that way.) It’s like magic! You hold the book one way for Lyra’s story, flip it over and you’ve got Gemma’s point of view.
3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
This book also has an original way of splitting the point of view. Half of the book follows Darcy and her journey to becoming a published author. The other half is the book that she wrote. The two have very different genres in my opinion. Darcy’s story is more contemporary, while the book that she wrote is more fantasy and paranormal-ish. Loved the mix of the two!
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is probably my favorite book ever, so of course I had to include it! Although, it is still very unique. It is such an interesting way of twisting the Cinderella story. Much of the time, I would forget that it was a retelling. Then, I would find something that really creatively connects Cinder’s sci-fi world to the original fairy tale. I adore the way that Marissa joined the two!
5. The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
I read this a while ago, but at the time I could not stop thinking “Wow, I have never read anything like this!” It had a really strong plot line and creative settings. I have not read many books that have had even a similar basis. Applause for originality!
6. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
This book starts out with something similar to The Giver, which I was kind of “eh” about. BUT it takes a major sci-fi turn about halfway, which I was NOT expecting. It combines themes and genres really well, which I found to be really unique.
7. Elemental by Antony John
I know this is not a super popular book, but I really liked it! I actually got to meet Antony John, and got a signed bookmark from him. The book has an old-fashioned feel to it, but there is also a futuristic, dystopian vibe. I enjoyed how both old and new could be brought together in one series.
8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Another Oliver book! This was another read from several years ago, but it has stuck with me. Oliver’s writing style is soooo wonderful, but the world building in this one is just as great. It also has an awesome take on an everyday thing: love. I never would have thought of turning love into something that is forbidden, but Oliver had done it, and extremely well, too!
9. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
I adored the powerful theme in this one. It is concerned about humanity and what makes a human a human. Similar to love, this is such a deep, crazy topic to write about. I was truly impressed by the way Yancey turned it into such a great book! It really made me think about things in a different way, and I love how original the idea is.
10. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This book provided a new view on World War II and all of the events that occurred during this time. Is sheds light on all of the people being displaced from their homes and on the sinking of a ship that was carrying these people. It is not an event I have ever heard of before, even though WWII is a very popular and well-known subject. It brings a new perspective on something many people already know a lot about.