Welcome to another top 8! Today’s post isn’t about specific genres/age ranges but instead I am talking about unusual formats. These are books that aren’t just a standard novel. They have other interesting features within like letters, pictures & more! These things make for a really interesting reading experience. So, let’s jump in!
Firstly, I am mainly only recommending the original trilogy as latest 2 novels that are out in the new part of the series are good but not as good as the original trilogy. It would have made things a lot easier if the author made the new ones a companion series rather than a direct continuation. But oh well.
So if you don’t know the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books feature unique images throughout. Similar to those on the covers. These images are old & creepy & are legit (not photoshopped). Most are optical illusions or miss prints of some kind but all of them are very hard to explain exactly how they came to be. Ransom Riggs collected these images mostly from other peoples collections. You can check out THIS article on HuffPost by Ransom Riggs himself if you would like some more info! These creepy images are what inspired Ransom Riggs writing. Which I think is very interesting and makes for a unique reading experience. Also the story is really unique and interesting, so that’s also a bonus.
Yall knew this series would be on this list! The format of The Illuminae Files is just so unique. It is a full on dossier of files and includes everything from drawings, emails, interviews, maps & more. It is amazingly done & I love every moment of it. I especially love the audiobook as it is full cast narration and it’s basically a full on production of its own. I feel like you need to both read & listen to this one if you enjoy it as the experiences are completely different even though it’s the same story.
The Themis Files is an adult Sci-Fi that is written entirely in interviews/conversations. This on its own is an interesting read but it also has a hint of mystery because the majority of the time you have no idea who the interviewer/person the characters are talking to is. You spend the whole first book trying to figure it out. Which adds to the weirdness of the book! These books are intense but absolutely amazing! I cried multiple times just in the first book. It hooks you in very quickly and you can’t help rooting for these characters. Just amazingly written & also the audiobook is amazingly done too. Another one with full cast narration.
This one is a bit lower on the interesting format level as it’s only things scattered throughout but this one features little info pages I guess you could call them. These info pages can be about certain characters or species or places in this world. Which I find fascinating. It’s like when you are reading and come to a place you aren’t familiar with & you think ‘I’m going to go research that’ but realise you can’t because it’s fictional. Well this book gives you that! I think it’s a really awesome addition and just gives you a little more info/background on this world.
Firstly, this series is amazing but also I love the format of this one. Not only is this a standard novel but it also has conversations between that characters throughout. This book is written as if a certain character is writing the story after the events happen. So these conversations are as if the other characters are reading along while she writes and occasionally throwing their two cents in. I loved it! It gave you more insight into who these characters are & their personalities.
This one isn’t necessarily a format per se, it’s more the art style chosen. This one is a non-fiction set during WWII & the author decided to represent each of the different groups/races by different animals. Which I loved! It made it unique but it also made it very easy to figure out who everyone was. I’ve read 1 other war based graphic novel and I did at times have trouble figuring out whether the people in the image were ‘bad guys’ or not. This made it a lot easier to follow & more reader friendly.
You could argue that this isn’t necessarily a format thing exactly as this is simply how screen plays are written. Which totally understand, but how many screen plays in the YA genre are actually published books you can read?? So I think it’s interesting. I loved that I am able to picture the movies perfectly when reading the screen play & can even hear the actors saying certain lines. I just think it makes for a fun reading experience & I really enjoy it.
I am yet to read book 2 in order to recommend it so we are just talking about Dear Martin but I assume this format continues into Dear Justyce. In Dear Martin at the start of (i think only some) chapters the MC is writing a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Hence the name of the book. I found this fascinating as it allows you to dive into the main characters thoughts & frame of mind as he is spilling this to Martin Luther King Jr. on paper. Added such an interesting aspect.
What’s your favourite book that’s written a little bit different or has something unique in it?
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