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top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Unique Books I Recommend

Check out our 2014 post on the same topic:


Some of these books are unique in story, others are unique in format, but they are all great reads.

1. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The combination of unique science fiction setting and story and the character’s ability to hear thoughts that cloud their mind makes this one of the most unique and brilliant books I’ve read.

2. Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz’s story is not only unique (with magical god dogs and farting dragons) but he set it up as a story that is being told to a character. Each chapter gives a different point of view.

3. Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Who Change the World Biographies

I love nonfiction that switches it up and helps students find interest in our history. Meltzer’s series mixes graphic novel and narrative nonfiction to give kids a wonderful introduction to such a diverse group of people.

Review of I Am Lucille Ball

Review of I am Jackie Robinson

4. Meatloaf is Worth than Middle School by Jennifer Holm

Jenni Holm tells the story of middle school with so much truth in this book yet it isn’t told in prose–it is told in stuff. All the stuff that a middle schooler accumulates. But that stuff shows one of the most truthful depictions of middle school of any book.

5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

The book begins with the end- Min and Ed have broken up and Min delivers (threw actually) a box onto Ed’s door with all of the “treasures” from their whirlwind relationship. Each section begins with an illustration of the object painted beautifully by Maira Kalman and then the story of the object within their relationship unfolds.

6. History News books

These nonfiction texts are set up as newspapers making history news again!

7. Color Monster by Anna Llenas

This pop-up book is one of our favorite picture books here at UR because of its message and its beautiful artwork. The personification (monsterfication?) of the emotions were so well done. Llenas did a beautiful job making entire scenes and monsters that embodied the emotions. I also liked the uniqueness of the pop ups. They were multimedia with collage and rope.

Review of The Color Monster

8. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

There are a couple of books out there that make the narrator say funny things (We’re in a Book by Mo Willems for example), but this one is unique in that the whole premise revolves around that idea. It is hilarious!

9. Hervé Tullet books

Hervé Tullet is the original when it comes to interactive (using your imagination) books!

Review of Press Here

Review of Mix it Up

10. Oliver Jeffers books

Um, if you have not read any Oliver Jeffers books, do so now. His picture books are some of my favorites because they are not stereotypical in any way. He just has these amazing ideas that are brilliant and smart and well executed. I also love his illustration style–just a bit funky 🙂

Review of A Child of Books

Review of Once Upon an Alphabet

Which unique books do you love?




#MustReadIn2017 is hosted by Carrie Gelson at There Is A Book For That:

“For anyone out there with a To Be Read list that seems like it will never end, this challenge is for you! This is all about making your own personal list of books (5? 10? 20? 30? more?) that you commit to reading in 2016. Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and be from any category (adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc.).  As your TBR list grows, you promise you will get to the books on this list.”

Our (hopeful) #mustreadin2017 Lists:




Whew. I have not been doing a good job. Similar to Kellee, below, I have had some major obligations. I wrote a 280-page dissertation! I am hoping to fly through some of these books right after I graduate next month. 🙂

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

This book was phenomenal. I am so excited to read the others in the series. Jason Reynolds captures the adolescent voice perfectly. I know many of you have read this book, but if you haven’t, I recommend it highly.


My #mustread list reading has started out slowly because of reading obligations I’ve had, but they’ve been awesome such as book club reading, reading books for author Skype visits, and reading books recommended to me by my students. I hope to get through more titles between now and the Fall update though I am not putting any pressure on myself 🙂

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

I really loved Bat and his story. A Boy Called Bat is going to be one of those books that change people’s views of others. I am so glad that this book is out there for kids (and adults!) to read.

Reviewed March 10th, 2017:

What have you read from your #mustreadin2017 list so far?


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