Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the fantastic Broke and Bookish.
This weeks theme centers around unique books. While I always love sticking to my favourite authors or genres, I enjoy the chance to read something different and new-though I am still recovering from the amount of poetry I had to read while doing English Literature in High School (which was 5 years ago) so I have yet to read some of the modern poetry books released (‘Milk and Honey’ and ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ are definitely on my list.)
So here are some of the unique books I have read over the last couple of years.
- The Emperor of All Maladies – I had been meaning to pick up this book for a while since it was mentioned in one of my third year pathology lectures. After all three of my supervisors for my PhD recommended I give it a read, I took the plunge and bought it at Dymocks. I have to say, I really enjoyed this book as it told the story of cancer-how it was discovered, researched, the different treatments and cures tested and the growing change in public perception. As a cancer researcher myself, it was really interesting to delve into the history and background behind the disease that I have dedicated the next four years of my life studying.
- The Illuminae Files-The format of this series is everything (and the third books title has just been released!) The way the story is told, through documents and transcripts was completely new to me and a unique and enthralling way to tell a Sci-Fi story.
- The Autobiography of Jame T. Kirk- I absolutely love Star Trek and when I saw this book, I knew I had to read about my favourite character in the series (he is just ahead of Spock). I am nearly at the end of this book currently and all I want to do is go home and keep reading! The way it is written, as if Kirk is writing his own autobiography, allows the book to capture the character and essence of Kirk and it is the first ‘fictional autobiography’ I have read.
- Front Lines- Once I heard about the subject of this book I wondered why the idea and concept had not been written or explored much before. I thought ‘Front Lines’ offered a new take on the typical War Story-focusing on the young girls at the front lines after female conscription and enlistment was passed by the government.
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-I picked this book up at a second hand book shop with the intention of reading it some time in the next couple of years. I did not realise I would enjoy this book as much as I did and it does not get the recognition it deserves. The structure of the book, telling a story through the narrator focusing a different character each chapter gave a unique insight into not only the town and the main focus of the book, but the people of the town too.
- Betrayal:The Crisis in the Catholic Church-I don’t normally read non-fiction, but after watching the movie I was interested in picking up the book and read the source material. It was a very heavy book to read, but worthwhile.
- Coma-This book was unique to me when I read it as i was one of the first medical thriller books I read and really enjoyed. I had never read anything like it before and I read a lot more books from the same genre the following months.
- Carry On-‘Carry On’ was unique to me as it is a little bit ‘meta’. It is the fanfiction the main character from ‘Fangirl’ was writing throughout the story-and the series her fanfiction was inspired by is itself a fanfiction based om Harry Potter. I thought it was pretty cool to publish the story as a standalone book and a unique way to add to the story told in ‘Fangirl.’
- Modern Romance-This was the first audiobook I had ever listened too and the subject behind the book is very unique. Narrated and written by Aziz Ansari, it explores how romance, love and dating has changed over the years, especially how it was influenced by the development of new technology and changes in the social aspects of love.
- American Psycho-Lastly, I had to feature ‘American Psycho’ as it is the most strange and bizarre book I have read in the last year or so-which definitely makes it unique. It gets very dark quickly and is a well written horror story with a psychological undertone. At the end I was so confused as to what happened, which was fitting for this book.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks TTT-I tried to feature a whole range of books from different genres and different formats in this list and give some recognition to some unusual books.
As always, share with me your recommendations!
P.S. Completely unrelated, but ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ comes out in under a month!