Top Ten Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about unique reads. It took me some time to think about them, but here they are!

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

The format of this book is what makes it so unique. I adored it!

George- Alex Gino

George

I find this book unique because its child-like narration is so authentic.

The Last Beginning- Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

A sci-fi ish book with different formats. I’ve recently finished this book and I absolutely adored it!

One- Sarah Crossan

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A hard-hitting book told in verse.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This book deals with bullying through poetry ❤

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

A beautiful book with a fairy tale-esque story. My edition had silver page edges ❤

The Boy With The Cuckoo-Shaped Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Another fairy tale-esque story. So unusual, but so good!

Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece

Such an odd story. Yet, so compelling! I have a feeling that this book is either love or hate it though…

The Girl On Paper- Guillaume Musso

The Girl on Paper

This is definitely one of the most unique stories that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bird- Crystal Chan

Bird

I’ve included this one because of its beautiful writing. It really stood out for me in the middle grade genre!

I have listed some of these books before on my list, but I’ve added 5 new unique reads since I last made this list in 2014! 

What did you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We Picked On A Whim. I had to use my Goodreads list to go through this list. Many of my recommendations come from either my sister, book clubs or fellow blog bloggers.

In no particular order (images go to Goodreads)

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I picked up this book at an airport several years back. It started my love affair with Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She’s now an autobuy author!

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I picked up this book having heard nothing about it and quickly fell in love with its fairy-tale-esque nature!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

I picked up this book on a whim! It ended up being a 5 star read for me.

Memoirs of A Geisha- Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I read this book around the time that it came out. I thought it was an incredibly powerful read.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

I noticed this book on my sister’s shelf. She hadn’t (and still hasn’t) read it yet, so I decided to give it a go. It was very unusual.

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

I really enjoy Paige Toon’s writing. It’s not just chick-lit, there’s depth to it.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I bought this when I visited a second hand book shop with my sister Beth. I absolutely adored this book which has stayed with me for quite some time.

The Other Hand- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book is also known as Little Bee. I absolutely lapped it up! I don’t want to say too much about it, as it’ll ruin the story!

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

Again, this is a book that was spotted on my sister’s bookshelf. I’m lucky that she lets me read books before she’s read them! It’s a unique tale. Her edition is so beautiful with silver page edges!

Little Hands Clapping- Dan Rhodes

Little Hands Clapping

This book was certainly picked up on a whim. I didn’t know anything about it. It’s so strange, but funny at the same time!

What books did you pick up on a whim? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read. I’ve had to really think about this topic! It’s fun to go through the books I have read. Thank God for Goodreads!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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Bird by Crystal Chan was a unique read for me because there was just something incredibly beautiful about the writing. The writing immediately pulled me in and didn’t let go until I had finished reading.

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I hadn’t really heard much about The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker until my sister bought it for me when she was on holiday.  This is another book with beautiful writing. Once you get used to the writing style, you’re completely drawn in.

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This is such a unique read. The hardback cover I read has beautiful silver page ages. I’m a sucker for a beautiful book, both in appearance and inside. I loved the story.

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Ah, I loved The Boy With The Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu. It’s a quick, fairy-tale esque read.

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Another fairy-tale book, with stunning writing. It’s intriguing and easy to read.

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I was surprised that I enjoyed Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn so much.  I haven’t seen much middle ground surrounding this book. I think you either love it or hate it. I loved that this book confused me. It wasn’t straight forward. I hate being confused by a book, yet still utterly love it. That’s why this was a unique read for me.

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This is such a weird book. Really weird. It’s actually really gross in sections. Dan Rhodes is certainly a unique writer.

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I thought The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender  was a really well written book. The reason why I’ve listed it as unique is because of the wonderful title and it’s slight quirkiness/oddness!

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The Girl On Paper by Guillame Musso is a fantastic book. Please don’t be put off by this cover! This book was strange to start with but it became such a wonderful story. One that I could definitely pull some amazing quotes out of about reading.

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It had to be done. The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is one of the most unique series I’ve read. It completely messed with my mind. I NEED to know what happened. I NEED the last book in the series. I think it’s my most anticipated end book of the series so far!

What are your Top Ten Unique Reads? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts and I’ll come and visit your blog. I can’t wait to see what other quirky/unique reads are out there!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

The Man Who Rained

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How did I get it?:
I bought it after loving The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw.

Synopsis:

When Elsa’s father is killed in a tornado, all she wants is to escape – from New York, her job, her boyfriend – to somewhere new, anonymous, set apart. For some years she has been haunted by a sight once seen from an aeroplane: a tiny, isolated settlement called Thunderstown. Thunderstown has received many a pilgrim, and young Elsa becomes its latest – drawn to this weather-ravaged backwater, this place rendered otherworldly by the superstitions of its denizens. In Thunderstown, they say, the weather can come to life and when Elsa meets Finn Munro, an outcast living in the mountains above the town, she wonders whether she has witnessed just that. For Finn has an incredible secret: he has a thunderstorm inside of him. Not everyone in town wants happiness for Elsa and Finn. As events turn against them, can they weather the tempest – can they survive at all? The Man Who Rained is a work of lyrical, mercurial magic and imagination, a modern-day fable about the elements of love.

Thoughts:

I really loved Ali Shaw’s first novel The Girl With Glass Feet. It was such a beautiful and unusual read. I was blown away by the writing and the imagination of the author. I didn’t love The Man Who Rained as much, but it was still an incredibly creative and descriptive read. I like a bit of a magical element in a book, I often find myself glued to the pages to find out what’ll happen next.

What stands out in Ali Shaw’s books are the descriptions. They’re so well written that you imagine yourself right there in the story observing it as a bystander not a reader completely outside the imagination of the author. Yet, the metaphors used don’t feel forced at all. It flows completely naturally and adds to the beauty of the story. The only thing that didn’t flow beautifully was the story as a whole. I enjoyed reading it but it felt like something was missing. I can’t quite pinpoint what.

The Man Who Rained isn’t as deep or poignant as The Girl With Glass Feet was, which is why I think I didn’t enjoy it as much. However, I do think it’s worth reading, even if you just read it to experience some beautiful writing and imagery.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Secret For A Song- S.K. Falls

WWW Wednesday #17

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 
To join in you need to answer 3 questions..
•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I have just started this book so I don’t know enough about it yet to form an opinion. I do know that I loved Ali Shaw’s book The Girl With Glass Feet, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Twerp. It was a short, enjoyable read. My review will be up within the next couple of days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Secret For A Song which I received via Net Galley. It sounds really interesting.

Please feel free to leave your links below or answers to the questions in the comments and I’ll stop by and see what you’re reading!

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is our Top Ten Favourite Book Covers. I’ve said it many times before. I’m a cover lover. So this could prove very hard for me!

In no particular order, here are some beautiful covers to admire. Click the image if you want to find out more about the book!

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Outcast- Adrienne Kress- This cover is beautiful. The story is pretty awesome too.

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Unearthly- Cynthia Hand- I love all the covers of the Unearthly trilogy, but Unearthly itself is my favourite. So pretty!

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Splintered- A.G Howard- I absolutely love this cover. It’s SO pretty.

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Dance of Shadows- Yelena Black- This is one of those books that made me want to read it purely based on its cover.

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The Gift- Cecelia Ahern- This cover is gorgeous. It comes with a ribbon tied over the cover.

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Jasmyn- Alex Bell- Such a great cover. The story is beautiful too.

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The Book Thief- Markus Zusak- I loved this cover and the story inside just blew me away.

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Magic Under Glass- Jackie (Jaclyn) Dolamore- Magic Under Glass has such a cute cover. I fell in love with the story too.

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The Boy With The Cuckoo-Clock Heart- Mathias Malzieu- I loved this book, so unusual. The cover is fabulous.

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The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw- It may not look like an exciting cover, but I love it. The pages have a silver tint too (I read the hardback edition) which just adds to its pretty!

Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can come and admire your favourite covers!