Top 5 Most Unique Books I've Read This Year


5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Okay, first of all, how often do you see historical fiction retellings? And how often are those retellings of events that happened before the fall of Rome? Okay, now that we've established that -

THIS BOOK IS ALSO UNABASHEDLY GAY. Like, thank you, Ms. Miller, for showing that homosexuality isn't just a "modern trend". It's been around for as long as life has. Homophobes, please chill.

4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Mathew Quick


This book is such a brutally honest depiction of teenage life. Of what it's like to be a teen with mental illness, a teen who's suicidal. It dives into the issues and pulls no punches, and what results is a book I think should be required reading for everyone working in teen education.

3. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia


This is the only book I've ever read that discusses schizophrenia. That's it. Just this one. No more. Nada. And it discusses and shows it in an honest way that really lets you get to know the person "behind" the illness. You aren't reading about Alex the Schizophrenic, you're reading about Alex the Person Who Happens to Have Schizophrenia. And I think that's a very important distinction more books need to make.

2. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


This is a fantasy novel where the two main characters are PoC. WHAT. I find that too often in fantasy, authors dismiss diversity because "it wouldn't be realistic!" Um, what. Dude, it's your own fantasy world, you can make it however diverse you want, lol. Genre is not an excuse for lack of diversity.

1. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin


gEnDeR dIvErSiTy. The problems facing nonbinary people, especially young adults. How it feels to be scared out of your skin every day just because of your gender. THE FACT THAT A PERSON'S PHYSICAL PARTS DO NOT DETERMINE THE THINGS THEY WEAR AND ENJOY.

*SHOUTS IT EVEN LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK*

*gets down off podium* Thank you, that is all.

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Hmmm......there seem to be quite a few books with diversity on this list....I wonder what authors should be doing more of......hmmm.

Let's chat! What are the most unique books you've read so far this year? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

15 comments:

  1. Great list! I haven't read nearly enough unique/diverse books this year, and I've really been wanting to, I just can't find any decent ones. I'm really excited to check these out now! I read The Girl From Everywhere earlier this year but found it really confusing to be honest, though I did love the fact that the main characters were PoC. It's super uncommon, sadly, to find that in books.

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    1. YES IT CONFUSED ME TOO. What even was that whole thing with Auntie Joss?

      - Ellie

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  2. I haven't read any of the books from this list, but I have heard great things about Symptoms of Being Human. I think it's just shameful that there isn't more diverse books out there, and I think a round of applause is in order for those writers who *gasp* actually INCLUDE genderfluid/asexual/LGBTQ+ characters! WHAT???

    (P.s- there's a surprise for you on my blog...*winks and stumbles awkwardly into the shadows*)

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    1. YESSS I AGREE. ALL THE APPLAUSE. AND CONFETTI AND CAKE.
      Omg, I'm quite excited!!

      - Ellie

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  3. i bought The Song of Achilles a few weeks back + i'm excited to read it soon. aND I JUST ORDERED FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK PER YOUR RECOMMENDATION AND I AM SO EXCITED !!
    Symptoms of Being Human is still one of my favoritest things ever. <333
    i know i like never shut up about this, but acomaf is definitely one of my favorites of the year, and I thought it was so incredibly unique how it was a fantasy novel that accurately portrayed depression + ptsd.
    Six of Crows was another unique one. Like acomaf, it was fantasy with a lot of diversity. jesper was polysexual, kaz had to use a cane for his leg + had anxiety/panic attacks, inej was poc, etc. *flails hands* I just want all the fantasy books to have diversity, okay?? it makes my heart happy. ^-^
    another lovely post, ellie!
    xx a || not gary cooper

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    1. IT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT AND SHRED IT INTO PIECES, I PROMISE.
      AHHHHHH YAY!!! I'm so excited to hear what you think :)
      Fantasy novels with mental illness are also rare - why do people use fantasy as an excuse for lack of diversity???
      I WANT TO READ THAT SO BADLY, AHHHH.
      Thank you so much <3

      - Ellie

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  4. Ohh I LOVE AND ADORE Made You Up and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock. <3 I read them both last year and afdjksaldf I still absolutely cannot think highly enough of them. Although if you want more schizophrenia book recommendations...hehehh...I totally recommend Alice and the Fly, Challenger Deep, and Whisper To Me. They are all incredible too.
    And Leonard Peacock nearly made me cry. AJFDSKLADJ
    PLUS THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE WAS AMAZING. I feel like too often the PoC characters are the supporting cast? I love seeing them as the starring characters.
    And I really want to read Song of Achilles!! I'M SO HAPPY WITH ALL THE DIVERSITY ON YOUR LIST TOO. Diversity is very very important and I'm glad it's happening more in books! I get mad when people say it's "trendy" because I don't think it IS trendy. I think people are just wising up on how to write good books that depict and represent the whole world! IT'S GREAT.

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    1. AHHH YESS. Ooh, I'll have to check those out!
      SAME. I WAS TEARY. SO TEARY.
      Y E S.
      YOU NEED TO. Fair warning: it will rip out your heart and stomp on it. But other than that, it's good. XD
      Yes, exactly!!

      - Ellie

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  5. IS THIS A NEW BLOG DESIGN?! I LOVE IT.

    also, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was such an interesting life. I laughed out loud so many times. but it was also painful. but beautiful. and sad. and good.

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    1. AHHHH NOT REALLY?? I've had this basic design since January, although I changed the accent color from red to purple to gold to, now, sea green. :) BUT THANK YOU OMG.
      E X A C T L Y.

      - Ellie

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  6. FIRST TIME READING THIS NEW BLOG AND YOUR BLOG DESIGN YAS!

    I haven't read or even heard of ANY of these books, although Symptoms of Being Normal sounds so good, I love diverse books and will definitely be getting a copy of it.

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. AHHHH THANK OMG.
      I hope you enjoy it! :)

      - Ellie

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  7. Wow, this is a great list! I've read Made You Up, and it really is a great book, I learned a lot about schizophrenia from it. Also, if you want to read another book dealing with schizophrenia you should read Challenger Deep, it's a great book!

    I own Forgive Me Leonard Peacock and have wanted to read it for a while, it sounds super interesting :-)

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    1. Thank you!
      I'll have to check it out :)
      I hope you enjoy it!

      - Ellie

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  8. These all sound really good! I've been wanting to read Made You Up, so it's good to know that you liked it ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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