Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Unique Books
I Haven’t Read
Unique books are quite the dime a dozen. While it could encompass profound or poorly written novels, uniqueness is really all about perspective. But instead of focusing on unique books which I’ve read and can knock heads with you about, I think I’ll throw out some books that are unique to me that I haven’t (and will eventually in the long haul) read. In this sense, I’m regarding uniqueness based on face-value from the synopsis/cover alone (for the most part anyways) and hope to share some of my initial thoughts on potentially unique reads. Sharing is caring, right?
Hook: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
First off: cover, you so pretty.
I generally liked the first installment (The 5th Wave) and am eagerly waiting for the follow-up. What I appreciated the most about the narrative in particular was its multifaceted storytelling through multiple perspectives (count em: four) to the point where I actually tangibly cared (well…maybe save for one of them) for each outcome.
2. Patrick Ness – The Knife of Never Letting Go
Hook: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
So I keep saying I’ll read this and yet I haven’t gotten to it – I’m clearly sucking at this reading thing. Otherwise, this trilogy sounds so rad and my kind of craziness.
Hook: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
I haven’t read anything by this man as I’m not much of a contemporary buff (though, I’m trying to dabble more in it) but I feel like I’d appreciate the considerations this touches base with.
Hook: Until the moment he received a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. But with that phone call, everything changes. Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things–terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital.
Then, he hears from his mother: I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. Meet me at Heathrow.
When you grow up and have to pick your favourite parent: the choice is sometimes easy – who’s letting me have treats? Who’s giving me petty cash? Who do I feel loves me more? As an adult, the questions are still the same but growth and experience amplify the perspective to engage more than just the tangible. And being caught in between is quite the fickle situation.
5. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hook: Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, fifteen-year-old Christopher is autistic and everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
Assuming it’s done with justice, I feel as though the perspective is one that’s quite different (a good different) that I’d appreciate the nuances of realistic fiction tied into mystery and humour. I can already feel the feels…
Hook: At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.
So I’ve only read Barracuda by Tsiolkas; a story which made me hate the MC 99% of the time but I still ended up rooting for him in the end sort of at least. This story though, I feel like…well, I actually don’t know how I feel about it from face value. It seems like it has the workings of being an unflinching, controversial read but it also has quite the bombardment of mixed reviews.
Hook: The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.
Wtf is right. Certainly a different take on the often grueling sci-fi: dystopia that I can roll with.
Hook: She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.
I think after I/you get past that initial hurdle, it can be quite the read. I don’t really know much else to say because it’s one of those potentially controversial topics (well, to the public eye I guess it is…) but to each their own, right?
Hook: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
I’m very close to bandwagon jumping on this shit after my networking feeds have blown up this past weekend. Though, I probably won’t read the book (sorry) and favour the televised version instead…I mean, I didn’t even know it was only 31 episodes. That’s so eaaassssy to catch up with. But props to GRRM for the source material.
Hook: In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never even dream of meeting one of the all-powerful Words who run the independent, peacekeeping city-state…much of less of running away with one. So when a drop-dead gorgeous girl literally falls in his lap during his routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest day of his life, or the beginning of the worst. Because Khaya is also the Word of Life, meaning she could either heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block. And yet, she needs Tavin’s help.
If this premise is of any indication and similarity to Max Barry’s Lexicon, then sign me up. Considering that it adds elements of fantasy as well, well shit, that’s like next level unique super power action going on. And I am quite the superhero-style buff.
Yeeeep. The above is a list of many unique books that I had to select from. And by all means, if there’s anything you think I should read, do let me know! Otherwise, if you can vouch/flame any of these choices on my TBR then I’m all ears. I think I’m all about controversy and generating discussions out of them…because that’s what I do.