Hello all and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks top ten topic is most unique books I’ve read. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted the The Broke and the Bookish.
So without further ado, here is this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, most unique books I’ve read.
1) On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
“A love story like no other, this is the debut novel from Carrie Hope Fletcher, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller All I Know Now.
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .”
When I began reading this book I knew I wouldn’t be able to compare it to anything I had read before. It’s concept is so unique. It’s a book that really makes you think and I am a big fan of it.
2) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
“Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumour that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks.”
I have never read a book before where the main character has amnesia. So, when I heard about this book I knew I had to give it a go even if it only gave me a little insight into the mind of someone with amnesia. Emily Barr has certainly done her research before writing this book and it shows throughout the story.
3) Trouble by Non Pratt
“When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”
I read this book whilst I was in high school and loved it. Being in high school I heard a lot about people getting pregnant as teenagers but never knew anyone who became teen mums. This book is a good one for teenagers as it give them an insight as to what happens if you do become pregnant as a teenager. I felt it was unique as the main guy character in the book wasn’t the father of the child but played a huge part in the pregnancy.
4) Unboxed by Non Pratt
“Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.”
Again another of Non Pratt’s books (she writes unique books). The concept of this book intrigued me immediately. This book isn’t very long, I read it within a couple of hours but its concept and the message it puts across is a unique one. I love that Non Pratt wrote this book to help people who struggled to read get into reading and I really hope it has done that.
5) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
I read this book whilst on a plane going to a little island on holiday. I hadn’t meant to do it but it was a weird coincidence that this book was also set on an island. This book had me hooked and I had finished it within the short two and a half hour flight. I’ll never forget gasping out loud at something in this book and having a lot of the flight turn round and give me evils. This book is incredible!
6) A Seven-Letter Word by Kim Slater
“Finlay’s mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable. Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online. But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?”
I have never read a book before in which the main character suffers from a stutter. I remember seeing this book whilst in a tiny bookshop near me and thinking that sounds interesting. I bought it a couple of days before my holiday last year and read it all in one day. I couldn’t put it down. It is so wonderful and unique!
7) Room by Emma Donoghue
“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.”
How can this book not be unique? It is written from the perspective of a five-year-old who has never seen anything but the “room” he is currently in. He has never seen the outside world let alone know what the outside world is. This book is incredibly moving and heartbreaking. It is one of my favourite books of all time.
8) Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
“When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighbourhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.”
This book is so unique! I don’t really think there are any other books out there about a girl who has to have a face transplant. I love this book and if anyone ever asks for a book to read that isn’t all that well known I always say Faceless.
9) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”
This book is spectacular! It captured be within the first two chapters and I couldn’t not put it down at all. I remember starting it before high school one day and the minute I came home I sat and read the rest of the book in that one day. I loved this book and I cannot wait for it to become a movie!
10) Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
“At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.
There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.”
This book again is of course a unique one. I had heard of the disease tuberculosis before but never in the extent that this book goes into it. As well as teaching the reader about tuberculosis it also gives the read this incredibly heart-warming story that you just never want to put down.
here you have it, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, most unique books I’ve read! Let me know in the comments below the most unique books you’ve read as well as leaving links to your Top 10 Tuesday!
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