Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique

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

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is all about those books that possess something uniquely special about them. Whether it’s the story themselves or the way the story is told, these books are some of the most unique I’ve stumbled upon over the years.

S by J.J. Abrams
This book is like a convoluted treasure map. There’s a story, there are notes from multiple people written in the sidebar about the story, there are notes written on various paraphernalia (napkins, postcards, etc.) and there are many different websites dedicated to figuring out the truth of this book. It’s really something.

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of the four books in this series is written by a different author, but each story is based on a piece of Brian Froud’s art. Each is equally brilliant, however, The Wood Wife is by far my favorite.

Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
By far the most suspenseful graphic novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. A mysterious mansion and keys with unimaginable powers — this series is both horrifying and entertaining as hell.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
A story which combines the werewolf legend with coming-of-age, navigating the trickiness betwixt childhood and adulthood. And somehow it works perfectly.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
A small town in New Mexico shrouded in mystery that can’t be found on any map. A research station that was closed in the 70s. A Stepford Wives type of perfection in the town’s inhabitants. And an outsider that found her way in.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
An emotional read, written in the way of a dictionary with definitions and a story behind each word.

Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente
A twelve-year-old girl named September is invited on an adventure to Fairyland. Much like The Chronicles of Narnia but much more magical.

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
A remarkably written book consisting of a series of letters written to all the men who made her the woman she is today.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
A fascinating, edge-of-your-seat thriller that immerses you in the investigation with a full range of visuals from newspaper articles, websites, and case notes.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Much like Night Film in its use of different visuals but is quite the adventure in and of itself.



11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique

  1. I have Night Film and The House of Z sitting on my shelves waiting for me (well, actually my floor until I get new shelves ordered). I’ve heard such interesting things about both of them. I didn’t really like When We Were Animals but I think I was pretty much in the minority with it. Great choices.
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    • Night Film was so incredible… I hope Pessl writes more soon. 😀 haha I’ve got books on my floor too if it makes you feel any better. When We Were Animals was admittedly weird and I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
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  2. I always appreciate that your picks are never mainstream. You are always finding hidden gems, and of course, there are many I need to explore on your list.

  3. Ooohh there’s a few I’ve read on here!
    Lover’s Dictionary was such a short read but it still managed to be really memorable. I love when books can do that.

    I loooove all Cat Valente books but her Fairyland ones are always a favorite — even though I still need to read the last two. The first three were fab, though. I want a dragon.

    I’m impressed you finished House of Leaves! It is very original… but I could not even make it through!
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