Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is the most unique books I've read. It can range from a unique MC, the way the book was written, to a very unique spin on a genre, and anything in between.

I'm not sure how accurately "unique" can be defined. Something that is one of a kind to me could be the norm for you, and vice versa! I guess it all depends on what we have read, and in what order. The best way I can approach this list is to choose the books that stand out to me for one reason or another.

(These aren’t in any particular order; I just numbered them for convenience.)


1. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

I hadn’t read a book involving a brother and sister falling in love before, and in honesty, I avoided the topic. I had these preconceived ideas of how I’d feel and react to it, so I thought, “No, not for me”. But I ended up giving it a chance. I never expected to be so invested in the story and the characters. I was hoping for a twist, anything at all, to make everything turn out certain way. It takes the prize for leaving me an emotional wreck!


2. Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Consequences sticks out in my mind for being one heck of a holy-mind-fuck book, and actually the entire series is the same.


3. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx is book three in the Lux series, and it sticks out in my mind for having the worst cliff-hanger ending I have ever read.

The Hunger Games

4. The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

Kids rounded up to kill each other, all to keep law and order in the districts. I certainly hadn’t read anything like it before, and definitely not in Young Adult!


5. Mockingjay by Susan Collins

So much happens in one book and it’s so bloody and violent for a YA. I know a lot of dystopians have come on the scene in the years since it was published and gone in a similar direction but the entire trilogy is still among my favourites.

Dead Beautiful

6. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

The mythology the author created with the Undead is amazing. Yes, I did have some issues with some things, but I’m including the unique half of the book in this list :)


7. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I’d never really come across slam poetry before reading this book. Poetry in general has never been my thing. Yeah ok, my younger self has written journals full of the stuff, but it’s not good by any stretch of the imagination!


8. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

I only finished Nevermore a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t experienced such an oppressive atmosphere hanging over an entire 500+ page book before. Geez, I loved it!

Forever My Girl

9. Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

I’ve never had much luck with second chance love stories, but Forever My Girl just worked for me. It was great to see a strong heroine that put her family first, something that is quite often missing in New Adult.

The Invasion

10. Animorphs Series by K.A. Applegate (and ghostwriters)

I read this series way back when I was a kid when it was first released in the mid-90’s. The series revolves around an alien and five humans that gain the ability for absorb the DNA of any animal they touch, and they can then “morph” into that animal. They use their abilities to battle the Yeerks, an alien parasitic race, who are infesting humans. I have a little hunch that this series is where Stephanie Meyer got some of her inspiration for The Host…

Would I include all these books as the Most Unique books of all time? Probably not, but within the books I’ve read, these stand out the most. What books did you choose for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Leave your link, I’d love to have look!


  1. Nice list Alma. I agree about Opal, that ending was crazy!
    Here's my TTT

    1. Yes! Any cliff-hanger I've read since has been mild in comparison.

  2. Yay for Nevermore! And I definitely agree with Opal. That cliffhanger was the worst!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

    1. I loved Nevermore. Amazing book. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie =)

  3. Oh Opal, how it killed me! Although I have read cliffhangers that have killed me worse. But that one definitely makes my top ten list!

    Here's my Tuesday post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Uh-oh! That worries me that there are worse endings! Eeek! Thanks for stopping by Jessica =)

  4. I added Forbidden to my Goodreads shelf earlier today. It was previously a DNF book but after seeing it on so many lists I'm going to give it another go. I enjoyed Dead Beautiful I think, to be honest I barely remember it!

    Thanks for stopping by Under The Mountain

    1. It's very hard to read, especially the ending. So heartbreaking!

  5. I'm still gathering courage to try Forbidden and Consequences, I've had them on my TBR list for the longest time. Great list!

    1. They are tough books to read, but really really good. Thanks for stopping by Ellie!

  6. I haven't read most of these, I will have to check them out since they are on this list!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  7. The Hunger Games was definitely unique when I read it! It was the first dystopian I had ever read and SOOO different from the books I read before! OH WOW... Animorphs! That is a GREAT choice, I loved those books as a child!

    1. I really loved the Animorphs way back then. I remember huddling up on the couch trying to read as quickly as I could before dinner time, LOL!

  8. Oh yes yes yes for all things Suzanne Collins. Though I hate it how she doesn't feel original anymore because everyone ELSE is flooding the world with their versions of the Hunger Games. So sad. THG is like my all-time favourite series. XD

    1. I completely agree! It's not fair on THG. That saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" gets old so quickly!

  9. Great list :) Forbidden made my list too, such an amazing book and it took me completely by surprise and absolutely destroyed me at the end. Slammed was a unique read too, the slam poetry aspect was so good and I can't believe I forgot to include that one. The Hunger Games is one of my favourite series too, such amazing books. My TTT.

    1. I was wrecked at the end of Forbidden. Actually for days after I was still thinking about it!

  10. I think Mockingjay and Hunger Games are both too violet to be in the YA category but I like them nonetheless. :D
    my top ten tuesday http://wp.me/p3v5T1-nq

    1. LOL! I love the books, and I see your point. I'm probably in the minority, but I kind of think that anything kids see on the News can be ten times worse! Thanks for stopping by =)



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