Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read.

Top Ten Tuesday:
Most Unique Books I've Read
 1.   Swamplandia by Karen Russel
This book about the Bigtree family, who own an alligator tourist park in Florida. It is very, very odd and I don't want to limit it to a genre. I don't know if the book is paranormal, realistic fantasy, or just a dysfunctional family trying to cope with the loss of their mother. Some chapters are in Ava point of view, she loves the park and her family, and some of it is in her brother Kiwi's point of view. He hates the park and what it stands for. This book is just odd.  There’s no way around it.
2.  Echo by  Francesca Lia Block
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t like this book. I read the whole thing waiting for the uniqueness of it to make since and it never did.  It was unique, but it was also confusing.
3. The Music Of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Researchers find twelve year old Mila; for the past eight years she has been raised by a pod of dolphins.  Mila most learn what it is to be human and how our world works.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book was not like other Holocaust books.  There was a different type of intensity about it. Also, the use of graphics was amazing and frightening.
5. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
You may call it Heaven, the Afterlife, or Nirvana, but it’s Elsewhere.  This was a unique, fictitious look on the afterlife.

7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
It’s not quite a graphic novel, but not a traditional book.  The use of pictures almost makes read this book like watching a movie.
8. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
This book has twenty chapters each with a different narrator.  Each narrator paints a difference piece of the picture, sometimes as prose, others free verse.  It's a really powerful book, because you get to see into the minds of each character. 
9. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The main character of the book is an inanimate object.  Edward Tulane is a toy rabbit.  He cannot move and talk; all he can do is think.  Regardless, his story is powerful and memorable.
10.                 When You Reach Me by  Rebecca Stead
This book is written like a companion to A Wrinkle in Time, but isn’t by Madeline L’Engle.  This book is odd and alluring.  You may think it’s a realistic fiction book in the beginning, but the end will surprise you.


  1. Great picks! The Book Thief is one that I have read and I can't believe I forgot that one, that is definitely a very unique read :)