April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read
Whilst each book is unique, there are a number of books that stick in my mind as being especially different.
1. Nod by Adrian Barnes
Right up there with the strangest books I’ve ever read, this novel explores the concept of societal collapse due to the inability to sleep.
2. The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
This YA novel follows amnesiac Flora on her day to day life: it is full of repetition (understandable given the concept), but has a great plot twist.
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This YA novel utilises magical realism in order to tackle important themes including bullying and death.
4. One by Sarah Crossan
Told in free verse, this YA story tells the tale of conjoined twins, their relationship, and the challenges they face.
5. Foe by J.M. Coetzee
The magical realism featured in this novel is incredibly thought provoking: concerning what is real and what is imagined, it is open to a vast array of interpretations.
6. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
With one of the most interesting narrators, this series is amusing and holds relevant life lessons for both young and old.
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
That plot twist! You think you know the direction this novel is heading in, and then, bam!
8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Whilst not an unusual YA dystopian concept, the lexis and syntax used in this book are wildly different to anything I’ve ever read before, which took a bit of getting used to.
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Told from the perspective of a teenage boy with autism, the novel follows Christopher solving a crime.
10. Life With No Breaks by Nick Spalding
This entire book was written in one sitting: 24 hours in front of a computer is probably enough to drive anyone insane, and some of the tales in this autobiographical account are certainly hilarious.
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