My eyeballs are quite fond of the delicacy that is unique formatting in books.
What is “unique formatting???”, you might be asking whilst you gnaw on a cupcake or a piece of cheese or the souls of your mortal enemies. WELL. It’s when a book frolics past normality and adds illustrations, or uses verse, or changes the font size, or explodes the font all over the page, or just does some little things that shake up the way an average book is written. Because uniquely formatted books are Not Like The Other Books™ and they are Independent Young Hipsters Who Can Stand On Their Own And Don’t Need Society’s Approval. *
And, quite frankly? I absolutely LOVE IT. Books with peculiar formatting are auto-need for me. I read a lot, okay? And everything starts to sound the same after you’ve read 2,401 books about red-haired rebellious heroines with two boyfriends and a country to save, who’s probably a lost princess and has the personality of three collective dead onions. I want to read text that illustrates the book’s emotions! I WANT VISUALS. I want to go “ooooh woah” while reading like the eloquent fish I am.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books” and I’m going to list some with epic unique formatting! Mostly because I’m actually a child and think more books should have PICTURES in them. Or something crazy happening with the font, at least. **
How am I a bookworm with the attention span of a dead moth? No one knows. It’s one of life’s best kept secrets.
* Unless they are a paperback??? And they they aren’t going to stand. They’re going to flop around like a spineless eggplant and need life long assistance. Reason #9289 why hardcovers are better.
** I’M ALSO GASTON BECAUSE WHY DOESN’T THE BOOK HAVE PICTURES IN IT???????
1. THE BOOOK THIEF
This one is unique for a whole conglomeration of reasons like, HELLO IT’S NARRATED BY DEATH. And Death likes to put little existential crises statements in now and then because why not apparently.
They’re also delightfully quotable and Death just might be my favourite character…which makes me feel a little bit odd.
But these things happen.
2. THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO
I loved this book. Have I read the others? HAHHAHAHAH #NO OF COURSE NOT DON’T BE RIDICULOUS. I haven’t had time. Honestly I don’t have time for anything on my TBR at the moment??? There’s a conspiracy in 2017 to give us less hours and I’m lodging a formal complaint to the atmosphere. I may even stamp my foot. I’m pretty riled.
There are lots of confusing explosions of font in this book to summarise what it’s like to live in a town where everyone can hear your thoughts.
BASIC REPRESENTATION OF MY MIND TOO. But holy kelp, please let no one ever read my thoughts. There are dark mad dragons there and I don’t know who’d start crying first, me or you.
3. CHALLENGER DEEP
This book took me a looooong time to actually get into because it was so endlessly confusing. But that was also the point??!? It’s about schizophrenia (the author wrote it based on his son’s experiences!) and it’s smushes together reality and delusions and IT’S ACTUALLY A PIECE OF ART, TO BE HONEST. Plus it has these fantastic drawings that I am 1000% here for.
It just really adds to the experience of this glimpse of what it’d be like in Caden’s mind.
4. ME BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU
THIS BOOK IS ENTIRELY WRITTEN IN LISTS AND THAT’S JUST PHENOMENAL. I LOVE LISTS. WHO DOESN’T LOVE LISTS??? LISTS ARE THE REASON LIFE CONTINUES. *
Unfortunately the book is about a seriously angsty boy who’s 78% ungrateful and kind of like a potato salad without the mayonnaise or the potatoes so really just salad and that’s a small horror story right there. But lists. It’s nearly worth it just for that.
* Some people think the reason of life is, like, family or happiness or achieving contentment but pfffft. It’s making lists.
5. THERE WILL BE LIES
Since the narrator is deaf, there are lots of gaps in the dialogue in this book! I think that’s such an excellent visual of how inaccurate lip reading is and how often people forget to cater to a Deaf person’s needs.
And sometimes I felt like I was only getting half the story, which is exactly Shelby goes through.
6. HALF BAD
OKAY JUST PAUSE A MINUTE FOR MY PRECIOUS HALF BAD CHILDREN OF NATHAN AND GABRIEL WHOM I LOVE SO MUCH AND DON’T TALK ABOUT EVEN HALF ENOUGH. This series is 500% destined to smush your heart into little pieces. I’m still not okay, to be honest. Whenever I glance at the covers, I go back to howling.
10/10 recommend having your heart broken by these books.
Also Nathan has a learning disability and serious PTSD from the torture he’s been through, and the font goes wild to reflect when he’s having a meltdown. And the book has lists. Like we’ve established: any book that has lists is excellent.
7. 5 TO 1
I’m not a real huge fan of books partially told in prose?? I mean, it’s cool. But I have about as much poetry comprehension as a piece of bread. I’m a cute piece of bread, but yet…unpoetic nonetheless.
I did like how this book is an Indian dystopian though!! AND THAT COVER, RIGHT?!?
Did I ever tell you I have a huge weakness for footnotes?!? I MEAN IT’S HARD TO TELL ON THIS BLOG OF COURSE. * And while Nevernight and I were a bit skeptical of each other at first…I’m quite mildly fond of it now. It’s super stabby. Super bloody. SUPER FOOTNOTEY. **
I heard most people hated the footnotes, because they just give random bits of world building…but the narrator is super sarcastic and I relate. Except I’m not very sarcastic. Just on Thursdays through to Mondays. Occasionally on Tuesday afternoon. From 3pm to 4:15pm on Wednesdays. That sort of thing. I have a schedule.
* I use footnotes only rarely.
** This is a word. And if not, when I rule the world officially, it’ll be a word so best prepare your dictionaries now.
9. THE LEAVING
This has 70 billion narrators but one of them has unique formatting in her chapters AND I LIKE IT. When the words start acting like they’re on a roller coaster of emotions or else the printer got stuck??? I’m totally a fan.
It captures the feeling of the words visually and I need all the help I can get with feelings. #VulcanAtHeart
This is obviously the ULTIMATE BOOK OF UNIQUE FORMATTING because the entire book is told in emails, transcripts, art, photos, and glorious maps of spaceships. I’ve never been more in love with how a book looks??? This is just TOO AMAZING and I want 99 more books like this.
It just makes me so so happy to read books with pictures. Apparently I am Peter Pan. Feel free to use my new title.
And I was about to shout “WHO’S READY FOR ILLUMINAE 3 THIS YEAR?!?!?” but I realised none of us are ever going to be ready. We basically just need it to put us out of our misery. These books are so so good. So so pain. The authors actually snack on bagels made of our pain and sip our tears for their morning brunch. #TrueStoryMate