April 11, 2017 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten most unique books I’ve read” or to me, it’s books that made me go “what did I just read????????” I like books that either mess with my head or make me confused as to whether I like it or not. Those books always startle me because it’s not something that I have read before. I’ve managed to round up ten books that gave me that confused feeling.

Here are the books on my list.

One of my absolutely favorite books. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, and what I read was an incredibly beautiful story about loneliness and the family you create for yourself. More Than This is quite a mind fuck, in the sense that it’s full of unexpected things that happen. It works well with the creepy post-apocalyptic setting with sci-fi elements mixed into it. More Than This is either a hit or a miss, and it was a huge hit for me.

Talk about the most unlikeable group of characters ever! I’m somehow charmed by these terrible and selfish characters. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Wink Poppy Midnight is an atmospheric book. I spent majority of the book unsure how I felt about the book, which is a plus to me?

A couple that can freeze time when they have sex? That premise is soooo weird. However, it’s hilarious, especially with Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at the helm! Who knew Sex Criminals would be a lot of fun?

A total “oh shit” type of book that has me confused and wanting more of the characters pursuit to assemble this mysterious giant robot. I remember going “what is going on” in Sleeping Giants because readers are only told about what happened through the interview case files. This giant robot has brought so many questions, and not enough answers.

I am forever mesmerized by Radiance. An epic space noir mystery about the disappearance of a headstrong documentary filmmaker with elements of Old Hollywood with deep appreciating for storytelling and filmmaking?  It rendered me absolutely stunned, where I ended up writing an essay of a review. It’s unlike any books I have read. I wrote, “You’ll instantly feel like you’re listening to an old-timey radio show or watching these characters perform in front of your eyes.” Radiance is the beautiful and weird package.

This Middle Grade book really messed with my head. It’s a mix of bizarre and creepy with gothic elements, and I loved it a lot. It really caught me by surprise because I didn’t think a book like this would have been captivated.

Every time Jimmy Yee kills himself, he just can’t die. He’s in an endless loop where he tries to die but it doesn’t work. Why? I won’t spoil what happens, but it really left me shocked and riveted. It’s so dark and disugstingly funny.

You think this books is about pirates, and that’s only 40% right. It’s really about desperate people trying to escape their reality by turning to piracy on the San Francisco Bay. It’s super crazy with its dark humor. I hadn’t expected We Are Pirates to get so gruesome.

A Drop of Night is super creepy. I don’t know what was happening about half the time I was reading it, and although I don’t like scary things, I was captivated by the unknown. I had to find out the history of the Palais du Papillon.

I just—six foot praying mantises killing, eating, and procreating? Now that is fucking weird. Grasshopper Jungle is funny, weird, and extremely crude. I spent most of my time going OH GOD WHAT EVEN with this book.

What books have you read that were super unique and made you go “what did I just read?????????????” Did you read any books on my list? 


9 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY • Books I’ve Read That Are Unique & Made Me ????”

  1. I haven’t read any of these. Thanks for introducing me to some unique reads. My list is here: http://www.book-chatter.com/?p=1479.

  2. More Than This is on my TTT list this week as well!! The ending was what really got me– I’ve never read anything like it! Patrick Ness is brilliant :)

  3. Oh yes, Grasshopper Jungle sounds SO weird!! I’m a big Andrew Smith fan, but that is one that I was just like ?????? I also super agree about Wink Poppy Midnight– I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but there’s no way I could have expected what I read!!

  4. Ellie says:

    I have Radiance and Sex Criminals on my TBR. I do like a good WTF book!

  5. I’m happy Radiance is on your list! I haven’t read it but I included it on my list of unique TBR this week. It sounds so amazing that I wish I could pick it up right now! Also, I’m adding More Than This and Demon to my TBR. They sound very intriguing.

  6. Astilbe says:

    Demon sounds like such a creative story. I hadn’t ever heard of it before, but now I want to read it.

    Here is my TTT

  7. Michelle says:

    I love Sex Criminals, it is one of my favourite comic series I can definitely understand why you have it on your list. Sleeping Giants and A Drop of Night are both on my TBR and sound pretty cool. I love your list it is one of the more unique ones I have seen.

  8. I always go to buy Sex Criminals from TBD and then I end up not doing it because I’m so nervous about what to expect – but after this I think it’s definitely going to be in my next graphic novel order. Also, More Than This has been on my currently reading for literally 3 years because each month I tell myself I’m going to read it and then I chicken out. What is wrong with me?

  9. I’d say several of Andrew Smith’s books could fit this topic! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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