Top Ten Tuesday: I’ve Never Read Anything Like This Before!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Ever Read — or as I’m calling it — I’ve Never Read Anything Like That Before! 

Here are ten of the most unique books I’ve read.


1. Illuminae
Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

It’s all about the format, baby. Iluminae was crafted in such a way that even this sci-fi hater could fall in love with it.

2. The Lace Reader
Brunonia Barry

I don’t think I really got what a reliable narrator was prior to reading this book. I didn’t get why everyone was raving about The Lace Reader while I was reading it. It wasn’t until the end that I truly got it.

3. Nine Minutes
Beth Flynn

I’ve read a ton of psychological thrillers, but none has disturbed me or blown my mind as much as the entire Nine Minutes Trilogy. I don’t know how Beth Flynn came up with the stuff she did, but it’s insane. Never would I thought I would love a story about a teenage girl being abducted by a motorcycle gang.

4. A Little Something Different
Sandy Hall

14 different narrators telling a couple’s love story. None of them were either of the people in the couple. The standout narrators of the story: a squirrel and a bench.

5. Forbidden
Tabitha Sazuma

Forbidden is a book about teenage incest that is so beautifully written that you can’t help but empathize with the characters. Which was very uncomfortable and slightly disturbing, but so unique.

6. Marrow
Tarryn Fisher

Honesty, I could have picked any of Tarryn Fisher’s books. She has a way of taking an innocent person and turning them into a villain without it bothering you. She makes you empathize with the bad they do. It’s pretty insane and cool.

7. Dietland
Sarai Walker

I have no clue how to explain Dietland to you. An obese woman wants to lose weight, revisits her mom’s old defunct diet group and there’s also a terrorist side plot. It’s unique for sure.

8. The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick

Four different stories combined to create one. You can read the four stories in any order.

9. Confess
Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s great at weaving different elements into all of her books, but Confess really stood out. It combines a love story, artwork, and real anonymous confessions.

10. Addicted to You
Krista & Becca Ritchie

She’s a sex addict. He’s an alcoholic. It was very unique to empathize with a sex addict. I never thought I’d have an understanding of that condition.


And those are some of the most unique books I’ve read.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: I’ve Never Read Anything Like This Before!

  1. I haven’t read any of these, but based on your description of Dietland, I feel that is now a must read. And a squirrel and a bench for A Little Something Different? I’m in! 🙂 great list! My TTT.

  2. Oh my gosh. Forbidden has been on my to be read list for so long! I really need to get to it. And Illuminae – I swear, once a book gets on my radar, it starts popping up everywhere to haunt me! LOL

    Great list! 🙂

  3. A Little Something Different was definitely a unique concept and I loved the idea of having an inanimate object as a character POV. Illuminae <3 My love for that book knows no bounds.

  4. OMGosh, you have me so intrigued by some of these!!! Damn you!! And I totally agree with Addicted To You. I even agree with you on Nine Minutes, even if I didn’t enjoy it *quite* as much…it was really unique.

    I still have to read Confess, and I desperately want Forbidden…unless I already have it. Shoot, I hate when I don’t remember if I have books.

    • Awesome!!! I love hearing that! Did you ever read the rest of the Nine Minutes trilogy. It really helped looking back at Nine Minutes. But I loved it from the start. 😉 I hope you get to read all of these.

      • I’m still considering it, but I have so much else to read that I probably won’t get to it. I’m more likely to read those Tillie Cole books b/c at least I already own them…:)

  5. Great list! I loved illuminae and its unique format.yeah, forbidden is definitely pretty uncomfortable to read. I haven’t read addicted to you but it does sound interesting.

    • Thank you! Addicted to You is an amazing series. But it’s definitely for fans of mature romances. Lots of S-E-X and addiction issues.

  6. I have A Little Something Different, Forbidden, and Illuminae, but I haven’t read any of them yet! They all sound like they have such interesting, unique premises, though!

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