Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #40 + Teaser Tuesday #1

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 
This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read. This was a hard topic in the fact that I have too many to pick from!! But I'll do my best.

The Diviners by Libba Bray
I have read a lot of weird books, but I still maintain that out of all of them, The Diviners is the weirdest I have ever read. Set in the 1920s, it combines paranormal, supernatural, horror, magic, and everything else you can possibly think of - including zombies (well, alright, that would be Book #2). It was just weird.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The entire series, really, but we'll go with the first book. Ever since the huge success of A Series of Unfortunate Events, there are a lot of copycats - most of them good, but not quite the same. Snicket has unique and odd and truly unique so amazingly well. Or maybe I'm just a die-hard Snicketeer. ;-)

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Maybe it isn't as unique of a steampunk series as I think, but there is something about it that strikes me as new. Maybe it's the time period combined with the humor.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Like with ASOUE, there have been several copycats since this came out - and again, most of them good, but not quite the same. A person who can read characters out of books - it's brilliant and wonderful!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Probably the most copied Author of them all - in my opinion, at least. Greek gods and mythology in the modern era wasn't "in" until Riordan's books became a big hit, and now it's everywhere. At the time, though, Riordan's idea was very unique, and I read this series when it first came out.

The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
One of the weirder, more fun books I've read filled with puzzles and codes and just oddness. I love it, though.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Psychics, ghosts, dead Welsh kings, posh boarding schools - okay, maybe this series rivals The Diviners in weirdness. Probably most definitely. And it's also one of the most unique supernatural/paranormal/mystery books I've read.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Kelpi have never been done like they are in The Scorpio Races. This is probably my most favorite kelpi stories.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Written in the form of a young woman's confession to the Gestapo. It wasn't my favorite narration style - in fact, it is what almost made me put it down. But it was definitely unique.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The story itself isn't hugely unique (maybe a little), but the use of old creepy black-and-white photos is. And of course, it's being ripped off in other books.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page

My Teaser:

"Max rose to his feet to show how obedient and cooperative he was, then said, 'I don't know where the silver is, Missus Cook.' He had never played a scullery maid, so he didn't know exactly how he was supposed to address Zenobia." The Book of Lost Things, pg. 210


  1. That's a very interesting list indeed and there are a few there I've never even heard of before so I'm off to GoodReads to look them up!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

    1. THE RIDDLES OF EPSILON is especially good. :)

  2. Mister Max sounds fun :)


  3. Mister Max sounds fun, this isn't my normal genre but I'm off to check it out :)
    Here's my Teaser Tuesday
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. I'm about halfway through MISTER MAX and I'm really enjoying it's oddness.

  4. Love your list! The lightning thief is a great book :)

  5. Sounds like a good book.

    Here's mine (YA Fiction):


  6. I've seen Libba Bray and Maggie Steifvater in a lot of lists today...I myself have yet to read Mrs. Pergerine's home for peculiar children, I've heard it is amazing. Here's my TTT

    1. They both write strange books. I'm more of a Maggie Stiefvater fan than a Libba Bray, but they're both good. MISS PEREGRINE'S is definitely odd. I need to re-read it because I still haven't quite decided what I think of it. It wasn't what I was expecting, and I don't know if it disappointed me or not.

  7. LOVE the title and your Teaser. I wonder if he is as innocent as he's trying to sound.
    My Teaser is from SNOW FENCE ROAD.

  8. I loved Curtsies&Conspiracies and I agree that it is unique, especially in the humor. Code Name Verity made my list as well.

    1. I can't wait the third book in the FINISHING SCHOOL series! It's just so much fun! Have you read ROSE UNDER FIRE yet?

  9. Nice choices! All these books definitely have a certain something about them. :)

    1. They do, though yesterday when I was looking at my shelves, I kept thinking, "Now why didn't I choose that one?" ;)


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