Reading List for Writing in Unique Formats 101 | #T5W

Today, the Top 5 Wednesday topic is “book list for a class on…” So I chose to pick 5 -okay 6- books that have unique formatting.

Sadie by Courtney Summers // told through prose + podcast // This book inspired this post. I read Sadie recently after acquiring an ARC at YALC. It is divided into two parts: a podcast investigating the murder of Mattie and the disappearance of Sadie, and prose that covers Sadie’s point of view. This book was mind-blowing. It will be released in September, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a heart-breaking, emotional and powerful story about sisters, trauma and revenge.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl // told through prose + excerpts, pictures, website screenshots, articles, etc. // This is a mystery novel centered around a journalist investigating the suicide of a famous director’s daughter. The journalist has a past with the director, and believes him to be sinister and pretty much capable of everything. He doesn’t believe the daughter committed suicide. Mixed in with the prose you have pictures, webpages, articles, documents, etc.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // prose + podcast + text messages // This book also includes a podcast, as well as text messages between Aled and Frances. I adore this book! The podcast in this story was actually created by one of the main characters in the book (Aled) and Frances is a huge fan of it. She even creates fan art for it!

Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne // prose + lists // These books have lists and notes at the start of each chapter, which makes it so much fun to read. They’re always humorous with little hints for the events happening in the next chapter. I assume the third book in the series has a similar theme, but I haven’t read that one yet.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan // novel written in verse // I know that a book written in verse isn’t truly unique formatting, but it is to me. I have barely read any novels written in verse. This was a beautiful story about a buy whose brother is on death row and about to die.

Those are 5 books I love with unique formatting. Have you read any of these? Which books with different formatting do you love?

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