The Top Ten Most Unique Books I've Ever Read:
Guess what? I don't think I can possibly come up with 10 books...so I'm making two half lists. One list with 5 book that I think is unique for what I read and one list with 5 books that I enjoy that think most teenage girls wouldn't read. (So unique for teenage girls)
List 1: Unique Books
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
I find this series EXTREMELY unique. The whole story idea, and the sassy narration. I have read other books written amazing first person, and I've read books with sassy characters, but I have not yet read a book that had characters as sassy as the characters from Rick Riordan's books. Paired with a first person POV = Gold. Not to mention the whole Greek gods thing. I like it because it kind of explains a lot to kids who might feel like they're, IDK, lesser. For being, ADHD, dyslexic, have a single parent.
2. Gallagher Girl Series:
I've read lots of books about teenage spies.
And so far, I have hated ALL of them.
Probably because I expected them to be like Ally Carter's amazing series. These books are a delightful mixture of spy stuff and girl stuff. I am a huge spy nerd. Like seriously. How many teenage girls do you know read non-fiction spy stories? (Of course, i enjoy reading non-fiction books normally, so....) So, with some of these spy girl stories, I'm just sitting here like
"No. No that's not how that works."
"That is extremely uncovert."
"What? Why? WHY?"
Or the girls themselves are just so very...unspy like. They're sloppy, unprofessional, can't hide/control their feelings, can't keep a secret, etc. Why? Just WHY?
Ally Carter's books aren't like that. She must be one of the people who *gasp* does research before she writes a book and keeps her characters ....in character!
BUT......at the same time, the main character, Cammie Morgan, is still a girl. A teenage girl. She doesn't act like a 100 year old assassin who is heartless. She has crushes on actors, on boys, worries about her looks, hates homework. She still has emotions. embarrasses herself and is surrounded by her squad (who can and will literally kill you if you mess with her). The characters are different from each other. And they're really awesome. (don't you just hate the books where the characters all just kind of blend together?) But this....*bliss*
3. Skulduggery Pleasant Series
Not so much writing style. In fact I once had ("had") a conspiracy that Rick Riordan, John Flanagan, and Derek Landy were all the same person.
But, well. I've never read a book about a skeleton detective.
4. Redwall Series- Brian Jacques
Talking mice! That act like humans! And there are a lot of riddles, and tales of brave warriors. My favorite in the series is probably...Oh, never mind. I can't decide. I like any of them with a warrior as the MC.
5. The Borrowed House- Hilda Van Stockman
I LOVE reading historic fiction, and I've read a lot from the WWII Era. But I have only read ONE from the point of view of a Hitler Youth. Granted, she figures out Hitler isn't all she thought he was, but not for quite awhile into the book.
List 2: I am weird. Very weird.
1. American Lion- Jon Meacham
During the Presidential Race, (because yes, I am a weirdo who follows the news and try and keep up with politics.) And my dad was talking about the similarities between Trump and Andrew Jackson. So I read a book. And loved it. We're talking "staying up at night and reading" loved it. Granted, I wasn't so enthralled that I stayed up to three in the morning,* but it was something I enjoyed reading. And it's not just that I'm a weirdo who likes dry non-fiction books. I've read some books that were pretty dry and utterly boring. This one wasn't.
2. Spycraft- Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton.
Where else are you going to learn that the CIA used freeze dried rats for dead drops? (Or maybe you have to learn what a dead drop is.)
This book is really cool, especially if you love cold war era history (blame the Man From U.N.C.L.E...by the way, they are making a second one and I could not be more excited!) In fact, at the very beginning of the book, there is a message. In code! It's an old code they used during the cold war and I went and figured it out and.....well, some of you might go get the book and break the code, so I won't spoil it. Comment below if you've gotten this book and broke the code.
3. Emotional Intelligence- Daniel Goleman
I happen to like non-fiction. A lot, ok? This book is basically Daniel Goleman's argument that emotions and emotional control is better then a test at foretelling how a student, is going to do. It can also be used for employees. children, etc. It talk's a lot about how emotions work and a little bit on how you can recognize and react to you own emotions and the emotions of others.
4 Twelfth Night- Shakespeare
A comedy play. Identical; twins siblings, Sebastian and Viola are separated in a shipwreck. They both think the other is dead. Viola goes to work as a boy using her brothers name (because she still hopes her brother is alive and thinks staying at the Duke'd court will make it easier to find him.) Panic and chaos ensues.
5. Ballad of the White Horse-G.K. Chesterton
A ballad (that's a poemy thing) about the Norman Invasion of England.
This blog post was based off the prompt from this weeks Top Ten Tuesday Link Up hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. So go check that out.
*Total lie. I stayed up until 3 in the morning a couple times while reading this book. But not because it was so amazing I didn't want to sleep, but because I couldn't sleep, so I read.