do unique books exist?

unique books


It can be hard to find books that are really unique these days. I mean, how many times have you read a book and thought, ‘this sounds a lot like X book’, or ‘this trope has been used way too many times’? Because I know I’ve thought those things a lot.
I think with YA specifically it can be hard to create brand new ideas, especially when your setting is a high school romance, or your main character is ‘the chosen one’ in a fantasy.
Of course, I’m not saying that all YA books are the same because they definitely aren’t. And there are unmistakably some books that I’ve read, that were unlike anything I’ve read before. As well as this, there are plenty of books out there that I’m yet to read that have a unique premise that most definitely make me want to read them even more!

This blog post idea came from the Top Ten Tuesday feature hosted by Broke and Bookish, which can be found here. I am a week late with this, but it’s okay because my blog *cough* life *cough* is a mess anyway.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of 5 unique books I’ve read, and 5 unique books I want to read, which I may have stolen this particular idea from Bec over at Bec’s Books (so you should all follow if you haven’t already).


Books I’ve Read: 

1. Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



If you’ve read these books then you know exactly why they’re unique. If you haven’t, then basically this story is told in a number of different ways, from chat room IMs, to security footage and diagrams; and I advise you to go read them immediately.


I have reviewed both books on my blog, so if you want to check them out click here for Illuminae and here for Gemina.


2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas



This book is based on the Black Lives Matter Movement and is unlike anything I’ve read before. It was emotional and hard-hitting and so extremely important, especially with our society today.


My full, spoiler-free review can be found here.



3. Tiny Pretty Things – Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton



What made this book unique to me was the fact that I’d never read a book with a ballet setting. As well as this, the authors don’t paint a perfect, pretty picture of the characters in this novel, but a much darker picture, which I really loved and found gripping and highly entertaining.




4. The Young Elites – Marie Lu



I have spoken about my love for this series before, but definitely not enough. What makes this trilogy so unique is the fact that the main character is an anti-hero, rather than the hero. Again, I highly advise you to go read this trilogy immediately if you haven’t already.


And if you need more convincing, here’s my full review of the trilogy, spoiler-free of course.


5. Forbidden – Tabitha Suzema



Now, this book is definitely unlike anything I’ve read. It features a very taboo relationship, which I admit can make it hard to read, but I still recommend giving it a try. This book is not only unique, but will most likely break your heart.


I go more into detail as to why you should read it here.



Books I Want To Read:


1. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness



I’ve heard many amazing things about this book, but all I really know is that it follows a boy who is trying to deal with many of his own personal monsters, including his mother’s treatments. I’ve flipped through this book at the bookstore so many times, looking through the illustrations and needing to buy it, but I always end up putting it back on the shelf because it’s always too expensive.


2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak



Yes, I know. I still haven’t read this book. I swear I’ll get there one day soon though, okay?

Anyway, all I know about this book is that it’s set in WW2 and is narrated by death. NARRATED BY DEATH. If that isn’t unique then I don’t know what is.




3. This Savage Song – V.E Schwab 



Monsters that can steal souls with music? Um, yes. Please.

I’ve only just been introduced to the magic that is Victoria Schwab’s writing, but I know so many people love this book and I am definitely looking forward to reading it.




4. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline



Another book that almost everyone else has read, yet here I am. All I know about this book is that it’s set in an alternate universe where video games are a kind of reality, and that sounds pretty unique and entertaining to me.





5. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon



The reason I added this book here is because I’ve never seen or heard of a book, especially a YA book, that deals with the topic of arranged marriages. I have heard AMAZING things about this book already and it’s not even released yet, so I cannot wait to get my hands on it.







What are some unique books you have read/want to read? Are any of these on your list? What makes a book unique to you?

Until next time, danielle


12 thoughts on “do unique books exist?

  1. I read forbidden so long ago and I remember it being amazing. It is such a unique book and I don’t think there’s been anything like it since then. I also loved the hate u give, it’s just such an extremely important book! I really want to read when dimple met rishi because like you I’ve heard great things! Really great post.

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  2. You really need to read The Book Thief. I know you’ve probably heard that before, but it’s SO worth it. It changed my insight about writing, and it’s my favorite! It’ll really be worth your time.


  3. The Book Thief is such an amazing book, I actually dnf’d it the first time because I wasn’t in the mood for the writing style but I’m so happy I picked it back up again it’s one of my faves 😀 Also A Monster Calls is such a powerful read, if you haven’t bought the book already make sure you get the illustrated by Jim Kay the pictures paired with the story are just amazing.

    Great List Dani xx


  4. Ayyyy thanks for mentioning me! ❤ ❤
    I also need to read A Monster Calls & The Book Thief, oopsie. Awesome post! Good luck with our TBRs, ahaha.


    1. ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION: I hope to finish The Young Elites trilogy soon (this year), I really really liked book 1 and I have the others ready to goooo!


  5. I hope you’ll read The Book Thief soon! I was pretty skeptical when I went in, but I fell head over heels for it! ❤ I agree that Forbidden has a really unique premise, but I think it's too dark for me and it doesn't discuss the things I wish to discuss. I can't wait to read Tiny Pretty Things and THUG!


  6. I’ve read A Monster Calls, The Book Thief and This Savage Song, and would definitely class them as unique! In fact, those last two are favourites of mine, so I’d highly recommend 😀 The other two on your TBR are both on mine too. Hopefully we’ll both *actually* get to them one day ahaha


  7. I absolutely adored Ready Player One, it was one of the first books I passed onto my husband and rekindled his love of reading as well. Sadly his second book Armada was an epic fail, he tried too hard to recreate the same magic and fell completely flat. One book I always recommend to others is Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Never has a book completely consumed me and left me a mess. Great post Dani, going to check a few of these out ❤


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