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Top Ten Tuesday | Unique Stories, Characters and Places


Hello, fellow book nerds and reader friends! Today, Finding Wonderland is again back with another edition of, yes, you guessed it, Top Ten Tuesday. But when an opportunity to fangirl over all the books presents itself, one much shout all the loveliness from the highest bookish pinnacle, right??

Broke and Bookish April 11 | Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read
Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I've read in X genre, etc 
– Broke and Bookish

So, unique reads. Hmm. *thinks about this prompt* It’s not that the reads I enjoy aren’t unique to me, it’s more that I gravitate towards simple, lighthearted reads and to me, they are unique because they’re my happy place. They’re the kind of books I want to read. They’re the kind of books I most enjoy. For me, reading what makes me happy is important to my reading life because I don’t want reading to become boring or a “chore.” That’s not what reading should ever be.

Putting this list together was more of a challenge than I thought. Because of this, I’m including two types of books. Some I have read and I feel truly define the term “unique.” The rest are books I haven’t read, but I’d like too – plus they sound like really unique reads to boot. So, obviously, it’s a win-win.

Let’s have a look. 


5 Books I Have Read
(Reviews linked in titles)

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith | Never (in a million years!) did I think I’d like this story as well as I did. Yet example after example (exhibit A, exhibit B, and exhibit C) prove otherwise. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts | Read this one years ago as an ARC. It’s such an interesting story that goes against the usual contemporary YA grain. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Life After by Katie Ganshert | Beautiful in so many ways, this novel is a MUST BUY for anyone look for a deep, poignant read that’s not the typical happily-ever-after. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Close to You by Kara Isaac | Unique (for me) because of its emphasis on Tolkien, a world which I am NOT at all versed in. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon | This atmospheric YA novel is really interesting. I like the idea of it being a kind of “dark” (but still on the lighter side) murder mystery that makes us question the characters – are they truthful or are they exactly what perception paints them as? Amazon | Goodreads

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Ok, technically I’m still reading this beauty. But as I’m far enough into it, I can say the following things: a. this story is unique personified and b. ALL THE FEELS. I’m loving it. Amazon | Goodrads

2 Books on my Perpetually Long TBR

1. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows | Taking such a departure from history can be a leap, but given its genre, I think this story will work really well. Plus, it sounds hilarious and SO many bloggers can say nothing but good things about this one. Makes me anxious to discover it. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | A Wizard of Oz that twists the legend into a dark bloodbath (in which Dorothy must die??), yeah, I’d say that qualifies as a unique read. Amazon | Goodreads

Books Coming Soon that Sound Unique aka Get on my Bookshelf Now!

1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings | It's set in space. The authors are so fun to follow on social media. 'Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Dear Reader by Mary O'Connell | Described as "Gilmore Girls with magical realism," that was all I needed to add this one to my MUST list. Beyond that, Wuthering Heights (albeit contemporary) has also been mentioned. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Warcross by Marie Lu | I've not read any of Marie's books, but as this one is set in a gamer world, my interest was piqued. Granted I know nothing about this world, but yeah. I'm still curious. Amazon | Goodreads

4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | This one sounds so cute (plus it’s a romcom contemporary, my favorite!). It’s actually not one I read much about until I saw it all over the blogosphere. Now I’m curious. It’s about two teens who’s traditional parent’s set up an arranged marriage. Yeah. Way to crimp your teens style, mom and dad! Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Lady Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politan | A Victorian England mystery novel isn't something I tend to read, but I adore this genre in BBC period drama, so I have high hopes for this one. Amazon | Goodreads

6. The Evaporation of Sofi Snow | Even knowing as little as I do about this one, I'm 100% intruged! Amazon | Goodreads

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Tell me, what unique books have you read? What books leave you with the impression they will be unique reads? Which do you recommend? Comment down below with any of your bookish thoughts! I’d love to chat with you. 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland 
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  1. The author of Magonia called upon old legends of people who lived in the sky. Some of these creatures have bird characteristics, some have blue skin. Definitely made for a unique story. Great voice.

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    1. Glad you liked Magonia! It's one I looked at when it was never in the world, but have since forgot about it. Too many other books to distract I suppose. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. P & P & Zombies I remember when it came out I was like, what? Just seemed weird. But I've seen so many good reviews that it must be pretty good! And I'm really curious about Warcross too.

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    1. I was surprised how well I liked PP&Z, Greg. It's better than I thought though I know some readers didn't like that it's basically Pride and Prejudice in its original form with Zombie elements "tossed in" to make it a zombie book.

      I'm REALLY curious about Warcross as well as Leigh's 'Crow' duo. Just have to make time to read them. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I had loved Everythinf Everything so much! And many of the books you want to read are ony my TBR list too! :)

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    1. Fun! Gotta' love a happy, and full TBR, right?? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Alexandra.

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  4. I'm going to have to add some of these to my TBR, but yes! Close to You! I should have included that in my list. And I'm looking forward to Sofi Snow too. Here's the link to my TTT: http://wp.me/p6UZ6M-6TH

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    1. Close to You is a lovely read, isn't it? Also, like you, I'm fangirling (hard!) for the arrival of 'Sofi.' It promises to be amazing!

      Looking forward to reading your Top Ten Tuesday - so glad you stopped by. :)

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  5. I'm on the lookout for Dimple and Dear Reader. Thank you for sharing these!

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-most-unique-books-ive-read-part-deux.html

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    1. Don't they sound good?? I'm eager to read both and hope they turn out to be memorable reads. Thanks for visiting, Deb! :)

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  6. I've never heard of Dear Reader, but I definitely want to read that now. Also, Gilt Hollow sounds awesome. I love a good atmosphere!

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    1. Doesn't Dear Reader sound amazing!? I'm sold by the Gilmore Girls reference alone. :) Gilt Hollow is really good. I liked that (for me) it was a different YA read.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Michelle.

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  7. Everything, Everything was really unique! I loved that book.

    My Top Ten

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    1. I'm lovin' it too, Lori! It's an easy read that, despite its complexities, makes me smile every time I return to its world.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  8. Oooh! This is a great list :D I'm especially excited for When Dimple Met Rhishi as well! Oh and also My Lady Jane is one of my faves.

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    1. Thanks, Emily. Hope we both enjoy 'Dimple' and I'm glad to know My Lady Jane is a good read. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  9. I have When Dimple Met Rishi on pre-order, can't wait!

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    1. I'm excited for 'Dimple' too, Ellie! It sounds so cute. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I've never read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I've heard good things about it.
    Here is my TTT.

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    1. It's a really interesting, fun read. I'm not a zombie girl, but I do make an exception for this one and the film adaptation of Warm Bodies. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I definitely think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies qualifies as unique. I think the most unique book I've read recently is Cannibalism by Bill Schutt. That was interesting. Also kind of gross, but interesting gross, you know? ;)

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    1. I agree, Kate! P&P&Z has so many unique markers - I mean, just the fact that the Pride and Prejudice title aligns itself with "zombies" is unique. :)

      I've not heard of Bill's book, but the title certainly sounds unique!

      Thanks, as always for visiting, Kate. Always nice to chat with you.

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  12. Totally agree about Everything, Everything! And the rest are still on my TBR, but I really hope to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Gilt Hollow and Our Lady Jane soon. And of course I'm also super excited about Zenith and When Dimple Met Rishi!

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    1. YAY! I'm lovin' Everything, Everything, Lindsey. It's a deeper contemporary than my normal read, but that doesn't stop me from smiling each time I open its pages. :)

      Enjoy P&P&Z, 'Gilt' and 'Jane.' Hope they end up being great reads for you. I too hope to read 'Jane' soon. It sounds like such fun!

      Bring on Zenith and 'Rishi.' Though they're 100% different genres, they sound and look fabulous!

      Glad you visited.

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  13. I cannot wait to read When Dimple Met Rishi, everyone loves it! Lovely choice.

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    1. That's what I hear as well, Brooke! Hope it lives up to the hype. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  14. I like the Dorothy must Die series.
    My ttt
    http://hauntedgravebooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/top-ten-tuesday-ten-of-most-unique.html

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    1. Good to know! Thanks for sharing. I'm iffy about reading it, but since I own book one, I'll have to make time for it. :)

      Appreciate you visiting and sharing your thoughts on 'Dorothy.'

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  15. Close to You and Life After are the only ones I have read. I will have to add some of these to my list though!

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    1. New read possibilities are a book lover's dream, right?? :)

      Thanks for visiting, Amanda!

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  16. Definitely agree about Everything, Everything! And now that you mention it, Young Widows Club was quite unique for YA! I really want to read My Lady Jane, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Sofi Snow too! OH and Warcross for sure! These are such great choices!!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I think I ended up surprising myself - I've read more unique books than I thought.

      'Widows' was indeed very unique or that's my memory of it. I'm also lovin' Everything, Everything (SO GOOD SO FAR). 'Dimple' and 'Sofi' are high on my must read list, and of course, I've been meaning to read My Lady Jane for a long time now. Must remedy this soon!

      Glad you visited, as always. :)

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  17. Great list! I actually just bought Everything Everything and I can't wait to read it!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy it, Ronyell. It's really very good (so far).

      Let me know what you think - and thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  18. excellent selections as always!!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. Appreciate you stopping by, as always. :)

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  19. My Lady Jane is awesome! I hope you love it! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Thanks, Lauren - I hope so too. (And fully expect to.)

      Appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  20. Marie Lu's book sounds really interesting. I liked her Legend Trilogy, and have read the Young Elites (first book) so I might just pick this one up!

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    1. Good to know! I've heard amazing things about Marie's stories/writing, so this new one (as well as her older titles) pique my interest for sure. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  21. Great picks! I'm looking forward to reading Lady Jane and Life After!

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    1. 'Lady Jane' looks like such fun, Heidi, and Life After is beautiful! Cannot wait to read what you thought. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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