Once again I managed to get a bit mixed up with the order of my topics, and was fully prepared to write my Halloween-themed top 10 post today. I thought it was a bit weird that the theme would show up the week before the holiday, especially with Halloween actually being on a Tuesday, so I decided to check the list, where I soon discovered that I had got them confused for the second time this month. I really need to get more organized!
This week’s topic is a bit of a tricky one for me since I don’t necessarily find titles particularly interesting since most of them seem to fit the book quite well. I can’t really say what it is that makes me classify a title as “unique.” I decided to focus on books from my TBR, especially many of the titles that I added fairly recently.
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1) Confusion Is Nothing New by Paul Acampora
Can a title qualify as unique if it is a quote from a song? I’ll admit that I added this book to my list primarily because of the title, which I can’t look at without automatically hearing Time After Time in my head. I liked this title because not only is it a classic song lyric, but it is also a pretty appropriate quote that characterizes being a teenager. This book is about a teenage girl named Ellie, who was raised by her single father and is trying to figure out who she is without having her mother around to be a role model. The synopsis is fairly vague since the book is not due out until May 2018, so I’m hoping a little more detail will become available as we get closer to the release date.
2) Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonslaves
This is another book that is not due out until May of next year, but I thought it was an interesting title. I’ve actually always found the idea of carnivorous plants pretty interesting, and a topic that is not very common. I can’t quite figure out how the plants factor into the plot, since the synopsis says the book is about a girl struggling to find herself during her difficult freshman year at college. Aside from the title, this book appealed to me because there seem to be so few YA books that even address college beyond the stress of the application process. It has been described as “darkly funny,” and sounds like it could be a very interesting one to try.
3) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
I’m not 100% sure I can count this one as unique, since it reminds me quite a bit of another book on my TBR called The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I decided to go with this one because it was a more recent addition to my list, but both of these would apply. I found this book while browsing options for a challenge prompt this year that requires a book about food, since I thought the book I wanted would not be available in time. This book is about a chef named Lou who meets and connects with a food critic named Al, not knowing that this was the man whose review nearly got her restaurant shut down. The book has been compared to “You’ve Got Mail,” so it sounds like it might be a lot of fun to read!
4) The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
This book appealed to me because of a combination of the unusual title and the beautiful cover art. It is a magical realism story about a teenage girl named Leigh who travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time. Leigh is certain that when her mother committed suicide, she turned into a bird, which she is now determined to find. I like magical realism, but I sometimes find it difficult to get into depending on how well it is done. This book is supposed to be a great story about grief and finding hope, but I can also see myself having difficulty buying into the idea of Leigh being so convinced that her mother is now a bird. This book is due out in March 2018, so I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of it.
5) 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
I almost passed right over this book while I was looking at lists of new and upcoming releases because I assumed it was a self-help book of some kind. This book is actually a YA story about Hildy and Paul, who both join a university psychology study that consists of 36 questions to determine whether falling in love can be engineered. As a former psychology major myself, I love the concept of a book set around a study of this kind. As part of my intro to psychology course, we were required to participate in studies by some of the older students, most of which were just online surveys. I think it’s a really interesting choice to have this as a key plot point in a book, and I’m looking forward to trying this one.
6) Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley
I’m really not a fan of non-fiction in general, but I thought the title to this one was pretty interesting. I have family members with severe allergies, and I work in a field where we always need to be conscious of allergies, so it is quite relevant to me. I thought the title “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl” was appealing because of how it captures the potential dangers of severe allergies, and the book itself sounds really interesting. There is so much controversy sometimes about how to manage people’s allergies in schools, at work, etc. so it is also a topic that I think really needs to be opened up and discussed. This is one of the few non-fiction books I may actually be motivated to give a chance.
7) A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
The title of this book appealed to me because it immediately reminded me of Minecraft, a computer game I often play with my boyfriend and some friends. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book actually did focus on Minecraft as a way for the main character Alex to connect with his young son who has autism. Games are such an amazing way to connect with some children who have autism, so I thought it was pretty cool that an author out there decided to include that in his book. This book actually came out a little over a year ago, although I did not hear about it until very recently. Autism and Minecraft are two topics that really interest me, so I would love to see how the author manages to bring them together.
8) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Honestly, when I first saw this title, I hated it. I tend to find made up words in titles pretty cringe-worthy, but the more I thought about this one, the more I thought it was kind of cute. It helped that one of my favourite Youtubers (CeCe at ProblemsOfABookNerd) was raving about this book! I also thought the cover art was very well-done, and the plot is right up my alley. This book is about a bisexual teenage boy named Tanner who is dared to take part in a prestigious writing seminar, where he must draft a book by the end of the semester. I almost took a creative writing class in my last year of high school as well, but I chickened out because I hated the idea of other people reading my writing (as ironic as that seems now), and especially of having to read what I wrote out loud. It’s also very hard for me to write on demand sometimes. I thought this book had a unique title because it was a twist on “autobiography” that seems to really capture the story. I am very excited to read this one!
9) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I don’t know why I was convinced for the longest time that this book had something to do with pirates. The title doesn’t even remotely sound like a pirate story, so I have no clue where I got that from. I thought this book had a unique title because it made it sound like such an official guidebook, but also seems to perfectly capture the story, at least from what I’ve heard about it. This book is about a boy named Henry “Monty” Montague who is expected to become a gentleman, who is sent on a year-long trip to give him one last chance for all of his vices before he must return home and take over his family’s estate. This book has received so much hype this year that it has been practically impossible to avoid. Considering the rave reviews it has received from all of the reviewers I follow on Goodreads, I may have to give it a chance pretty soon.
10) We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk
Like the first book on my list, I can’t really decide if this qualifies as unique since it is a direct quote. I literally cannot read this title without hearing Ross Gellar (from Friends) shouting it in my head. For that reason alone, I think I have to count it as a title that is very unique because I’m not sure other authors would be brave enough to use the line due to that association. This book is about a couple named Liv and Adam who go on holiday together, where Adam plans to propose. Somehow, the couple instead ends up taking a break from each other. It sounds like a great comedy of errors story, which can be a lot of fun to read. This is another book that has been out already for about a year, but I hadn’t heard of it until very recently. Sounds like a lot of fun!