Monday, April 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books I've Read

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome awesome nerds! This week we're discussing our favorite unique books. What makes a book unique? Maybe it's the format. Or the MC. Or something else all together. I chose to discuss books that, to me, have a unique format or something that sets them apart from other books.

(Quick grammar note because I cannot help myself. The word "unique" does not need a qualifier in front of it. The words "most" or "so" in front of the word "unique" would be unnecessary. Something is either unique or it is not. The end.)

I've definitely been in a bit of a slump lately, in both reading and blogging. The reading slump seems to be over, so I'm crossing my fingers that my blogging one will end soon as well. Here's hoping the weekly memes I participate in will give me the boost I need to actually write the multiple reviews I have notes written for, and haven't yet typed up. Anyway.... so unique books. I thought of some.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
This is my favorite of Rowell's books. I just reread it last week to help me get out of a book slump. What's so different about this book is that Rowell uses emails between Jennifer and Beth to introduce them and their lives to Lincoln, and to us as the readers. I loved this format so much. If you haven't read Attachments yet, definitely give it a read.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell strikes again! She can do no wrong in my book. What makes this one, in particular, unique is the use of the Simon Snow fan fiction as well as "actual" quotes from the Simon Snow books. Can we just take a moment to revel in the fact that Rowell created an entire magical world, made up stories, and then fan fiction based on said stories? Ah-Mazing I tell ya.

 The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Smith has the main characters communicate from across the world using postcards. I loved the succinctness of using postcards, especially when they use a certain cliche on their postcards. It was so sweet! The only thing that would have made it better was actual postcards (or fabrications thereof) in the book. Check this one out next week when it's released.

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta
So here's the deal. I'm married to a comic book geek. My husband can explain every. single. nuance in any comic book movie. Random glimpse of some crazy character at the end of a Marvel movie? He knows exactly who it is. So when I won this book a couple of months ago, I was excited to pick it up. It combined my reading obsession with my husband's geekiness, thus allowing me to pepper him with questions while reading this book. I suppose I should actually tell you why this book is unique. The book is actually Jennifer's (She-Hulk) journal. Each entry is dated and is her writing down what happened that day. I rather enjoyed this format, as it gave quite a bit of insight into her head. (Also, Tony Stark is mentioned. And Tony Stark = Robert Downey, Jr. Whom I adore.)

Pivot Point by Kasie West

In case you're one of the few people who have yet to read either Pivot Point or its sequel Split Second, let me just say you should get on that immediately. I've yet to find someone who didn't enjoy both books thoroughly. What I love so much about the first book in particular, and what makes it unique, is the alternating POV. Now, lots of books have dual MC POVs, but what's so great about this book is that it's the same girl. Seeing two different outcomes. I loved the words at the start of each chapter reminding you what world she was in as well (possibly because I love words and grammar. Yay vocabulary!).

So what are some of your favorite unique books?


  1. Great picks! I have only read Fangirl, but intend to get to Attachments ASAP.

  2. "Welcome Awesome Nerds." Lindsay, you stop it. Lay off the Pitch Perfect. (Shh. I watched it two days ago.) Also, that grammar tip... I'm pretty sure I used the phrase "super unique," like, 24 times in my post. I'm sorry.

    All the Rainbow Rowel. :'( I own Fangirl AND Attachments (thanks to you. <3) and haven't gotten around to reading either of them yet. I intend to! I really, really intend to. Sigh. Soon.

    Also, Pivot Point. I don't own it. But, I have every intention of reading is very soon. Very soon, I tell you. It sounds so good. I want to be able to just touch books and instantly read them in a matter of seconds. :( Basically what I'm saying is that I want to read all the books.

  3. I think Pivot Point, Attachments and Fangirl are unique! I love these three books, as for the rest of the books in your list, I haven't read them yet lol
    my top ten tuesday

  4. Pivot Point is a great series. I really love it! :-) Great list!

  5. I still have to read Pivot Point. Everyone has been complimenting it, but I still haven't picked it up! Great list!

  6. I really loved Fangirl, currently waiting for my hardback copy to arrive! I'm glad I put my title right, I thought 'most unique' sounded odd, so left out the most.

    Gunmen, Raptors and Love Letters - Under The Mountain's TTT

  7. I just finished Fangirl and added it to my list too. Great list!

  8. I also included Attachments! It's my favorite Rainbow Rowell book too! I love that we are basically only introduced to Beth and Jennifer through their emails. It's such a unique idea! I've heard good things about Pivot Point too. It's on my TBR list! Great list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  9. HA, I love your grammar note! Can't wait until Geography comes out. Fun list!