Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic.



The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is my favourite series and to me it's the most unique series of books that I have ever come across. I don't think any other book or series has captivated as many people, old and young, as Harry Potter has. It spawned a movie series that gained it even more fans and brought the magic to life. The books capture your imagination in a way that not many books can manage. You care so much for the characters and it physically hurts you when they die. J. K. Rowling is a genius in my opinion.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

A young adult book based around a brother and sister falling in love, you don't see many of those. You definitely won't find many done well. But Tabitha Suzuma writes such a beautiful and touching story. This book really makes you question things you believe. It's truly touching and I definitely recommend it, don't get put off by the subject matter. (Read my review here.)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

A phenomenal series, I have never read anything else like it. Every aspect of this book felt unique to me, from the setting, to the characters to the truly unique premise. Lyra Belacqua is a heroine unlike any I have seen before, I loved being able to watch her grow throughout the series from a little girl into a young woman. I love the whole idea of daemons and as a kid I totally craved my very own demon!

The Sight, Fell & Fire Bringer by David Clement Davies

I mention his books so much but that's because they are so underrated. These books should be read and shared because they're unique, amazing and everything in between. The Sight is told from the point of view of a wolf pack as they struggle to survive and fight off a curse put upon them. It's just an incredible story and I reread it frequently. The sequel Fell was released years later and it's well worth a read too. Then Fire Bringer revolves around deer and it's just as brilliant. (You can read my review of The Sight here.)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is one of those books that I see on so many people's favourites lists and it's easy to see why. It's one of those coming of age books that's hard to describe. It's almost impossible to describe it to a person because they need to read it themselves because they'll probably take away something completely different from the book. It's a marvellous book and I think anyone can find something to relate to in it. And, which is always a bonus, the movie adaptation doesn't actually suck - in fact it kind of rocks!



The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Unique is the perfect way to describe the strange, weird and wonderful Life of Pi. I really didn't know what to expect going into this book. My mum and I had seen an advert for the film and decided we wanted to see it, but first we would each buy a copy of the book and read it together. It was a lot of fun and it was my mum's texts telling me to keep going that kept me reading this book. It was ridiculously taxing at times and very slow in places but my mum was right, it was worth it for the end. The end stunned me and I could not stop thinking about the book for weeks afterwards. The adaptation to this is actually stunning and I definitely recommend it.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I have never read another book even remotely like The Lovely Bones. It was such a sad book and yet I found it so beautiful as well. I love my happily ever afters and this is so far from it that it hurts. It tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who, after being raped and murdered by a local man, must watch from her own personal heaven as her family tries to cope. It's such a touching book and it makes me sad just to think about it but in the greatest way possible.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

This was a recent read and I absolutely adored it. What made this book so unique was the music that came along with it. The author worked together with singer songwriter Griffin Peterson and got him to write and record a soundtrack for the book. The two main characters write lyrics and songs together, and thanks to Griffin, we get to listen to them at the point in the story... for free. I downloaded the album and paid for it because I wanted to support such a wonderful concept. It added so much to the experience and I kind of wish every book had a soundtrack now. (Read my review of Maybe Someday here.)







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71 comments:

  1. Wow, you picked some good books! I am slightly shamed to say that I have not read His Dark Materials I have only seen the Golden Compass movie and I really really need to read the books!

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    1. You really do, that movie is hideous and doesn't do the wonderful book justice at all! I love that whole series, definitely recommend :)

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  2. JKR is definitely a genius! I haven't read Forbidden yet, but I've made it a priority for this year since I've had it for a long time.

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    1. Yes, definitely get to Forbidden. It's a very unique read, it's hard to get through but it is totally worth it.

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  3. Nice! Seeing lots of Harry and Forbidden! Great list!

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    Old Follower :)

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    1. They are both amazing, they definitely deserve their spots on peoples lists this week :)

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  4. Great list - I totally should have included Forbidden on mine as well!
    I really need to read Maybe Someday like right now because it sounds SO GOOD!

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    1. It was a really great book, but the added music made the whole experience so much better and added so much more to it. :)

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  5. I need to read Forbidden at some point, I've heard it's pretty tragic and touching. Great list! :)

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    1. It's very tragic, very touching and undeniably amazing :)

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  6. Fab choices and we agree on Life of Pi and The Lovely Bones as I chose them too due to their uniqueness.

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

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    1. They are amazingly unique, such brilliant books :)

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  7. Harry Potter is incredibly unique... I had to include it on my list too. :)
    http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2014/04/top-ten-most-unique-books-ive-ever-read.html

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    1. One of the most unique series I have ever read. :)

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  8. Hot dang, great choices, especially Forbidden! Good lord that book made me feel all the feels, all the wrong feels, I cried so hard. Harry Potter, of course, obviously on the list, and ooo, I hate to say it, but I really didn't enjoy Perks, I left it half way.. please don't shoot me :(

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    1. I KNOW!!! I cried like an absolute baby, but I love that book so much. Ha, I wouldn't shoot you; that book is pretty hard to get through at times :)

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  9. Love you list! I love Perks, HP, and Lovely Bones, but I didn't put any of them on my list. I was every close to adding Lovely Bones. So I'm gla to see it on someone's list

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    1. Very unique book, I adore the whole idea of The Lovely Bones :)

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  10. Life of Pi made my list, and the Lovely Bones is a good one too. I just remember being so horrified/intrigued by that book. Ugh, Lucky though by Alice Sebold was hard to read (I'm sure that's the point). Even harder than The Lovely Bones, I went in not knowing it was a memoir.

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    1. I read Lucky too, that book was extremely hard to read, especially since it was true.

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  11. I agree, the soundtrack to go along with Maybe Someday was such a unique concept. And Lovely Bones…such a horrifically beautiful book. I still need to read Forbidden, I keep hearing such great things about it. Great list! ~Pam

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    1. I really do recommend Forbidden, it's a tough read but an amazing one. The soundtrack added so much to that experience, I loved it. :)

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  12. Totally agree, JKR is a genius! I loved Life of Pi too. That ending is incredible and haunting and perfect. I keep seeing Forbidden pop up on others' TTT list this week, and I'm feeling like I should check it out, even though the premise sounds strange. If so many other book bloggers loved it, it's got to be worth a try!

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    1. Definitely a genius! The ending to Life of Pi was so good and I could not stop thinking about it for weeks afterwards. The premise is really strange but absolutely perfect :)

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  13. Wow Forbidden, that is definitely a unique book! Great list :)

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  14. Great list. I had to add a few to my to-read. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Thank you, I definitely recommend them all ;)

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  15. Great list!

    His Dark Materials was a great series! It's too bad the movies weren't more successful, as I felt the story only got better with each novel.

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    1. I hated the movie adaptation of Northern Lights, for one it was named completely wrong - he's a UK author so I think they should have kept the original UK title. And it was just awful. I really wish they had done that book justice because that could make such an amazing movie series.

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  16. Forbidden seems to be making an appearance on quite a few lists this week. I'll have to look into it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Great list! I'm ashamed to say that I've not read any of them, although Perks of Being a Wallflower is on my tbr list. I loved the film version of Life of Pi so I think it's time I read the novel too!

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    1. You should definitely look into a few of them at least :)

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  18. I sadly haven’t read many of these but so many of these seem really awesome particularly forbidden and the lovely bones, I have seen the movie of the later and really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the great recommendation and post.

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    1. I definitely recommend both of those, they're both incredible and very unique.

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  19. Maybe Someday almost made it onto my list too. Great list and it gives me a lot to add to my to-read list.

    Lori @ Ficwishes

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  20. Omg I've been dying to get my hands on Maybe Someday, I loved Hoover's previous works and I have been hearing such amazing things about it!

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    1. It's an amazing book, I definitely recommend it :)

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  21. Of these I've read Harry Potter, I'd like to read Forbidden one day. Heard it is a good book, have it on my reading list. I am also interest in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, love the movie. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

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    1. Thanks for checking mine out too. I definitely recommend Forbidden :)

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  22. I can't believe I didn't put Harry Potter on my list!! Like, duh it's unique. :)

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  23. Love the song idea for Colleen Hoover's book! I didn't know about that, so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. It adds so much to the reading experience, I love it! :)

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  24. I loved Pullman and Sebold - they're great choices. I really thought about putting them down on the list. Forbidden - I could never quite bring myself to pick it up - just the subject put me off!! I know, I should have given it a try.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I know, it is a hard subject but it's a truly exceptional book! :)

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  25. I need to read Forbidden. I've had it on my shelves for ages.

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  26. I really wish now that I had finished the His Dark Materials series. I really loved the first book... and liked the second... but by the time the third book came out, it had been so long that I had forgotten so much and was lost (so I never finished the third book... and, therefore, the trilogy).

    I love the way you laid out this post!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you one day get to reread and finish His Dark Materials, it's a really amazing series from beginning to end! :)

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  27. Fun list! I'd been curious about The Life of Pi around the time the movie came out, but kind of forgot about it. You've piqued my interest anew!

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    1. It's a really great book, I definitely recommend it. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after finishing. :)

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  28. This list is great! I have been wanting to read Maybe Someday ever since I heard that there was music that went along with it, that's an inspired idea. Also, The Lovely Bones is such a unique book, it really sticks with you after you finish reading it.

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    1. It works so well, the soundtrack adds so much to the experience! :)

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  29. Oh my! I forgot to include "Life of Pi" on my list. Definitely a unique concept!

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  30. Such a good call on His Dark Materials and the Harry Potter Books. Also Perks of Being a Wallflower! So good!

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  31. Great list! I've only read a couple of these books, but I'll be sure to take a look at the rest. :)

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  32. Haha I've never read the Life of Pi but I will get to it one day! I love your list and how you organized it so that it shows all the book covers :)

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  33. I have read like 0 from this list! Haha! The perks of a wallflower looks good....so maybe I'll read that. I still haven't watched the movie for that yet.

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    1. It's a really great book and a really great movie, I recommend both :)

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  34. Maybe Someday made my list too. Just love it so much. I don't care that I just read it, I NEED to read it again. Now.
    I recently picked up Forbidden. I can't wait to dive in and for it to break my heart.
    Great picks!
    Happy reading!

    My TTT

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    1. I KNOW!!! I feel like I want to go back and experience it all over again. Grab the tissues for Forbidden, it might just destroy you.

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  35. I think it's the world and character building is what makes Harry Potter so unique.Until now,I've never read a series so carefully and perfectly created as Harry Potter.Rowling is a genius.
    I am eager and scared at the same time to start Forbidden.I just read your review,looks like you've loved the book.
    I can' believe I forgot The Lovely Bones.I love how the book captured the after effects of a tragedy and how a family and friends cope with it.It was such a beautiful book.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Harry Potter has one of the richest world building I have ever seen. I adore that series. I absolutely loved Forbidden, that book really affected me and I just fell in love with the story. Tabitha Suzuma knows how to right a book that will make you think and make you question. It was brilliant.

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  36. Oh, The Sight looks fantastic! I'd never hard of it before this list, but what an amazing sounding book! *runs off to order a copy from the Book Depository*

    www.joyofbooksandtea.blospot.com.au :)

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