Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is sort of a pick your own genre, and I know "imaginative" isn't a genre, but I'm going to be a rebel and deviate a bit. These are basically the books that awakened the creativity and passion for storybuilding in me. They're not like anything you've ever read and they can be very odd, but that's what makes them so fantastic.
In no particular order:
1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - Bet you weren't surprised to see this one, huh? I never skip a chance to preach about how incredible this book is. The characters, the creatures, the story, the worlds. Oh my gosh, Laini, you are my literary hero.
2. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa - Anytime I hear someone say "Oh, those books are about faeries. Pass," I want to throw something at them. Really hard. Preferably The Iron King so that I may prove them wrong. The world of the NeverNever is so, so much more than fae. Trust me.
3. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst - Fantasy! Adventure! Romance! Trolls! A talking polar bear shape-shifter! How much more imagination do you need?
4. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - Even the title sounds all imaginative and cool. I know some people have problems getting into this book in the beginning, but PLEASE keep reading. It evolves into a fantastical story in this awesome, new world. And you'll kick yourself for missing it.
5. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - It's like Ransom wiggled his fingers around inside of Tim Burton's brain and fetched this odd, creepy amazingness. (And let's not even get into how giddy and frantic I got when I began hearing rumors that Tim Burton is interested in directing a film adaption. It's a bit embarrassing.)
6. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente - If I were doing this list according to which book evoked my imagination the most, this would probably be at the top. It's reminiscent of an old-fashioned fairy tale which is something you hardly see in books these days.
7. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst - Yes, another Sarah Beth Durst book. But this is why she's my favorite author, because she writes these amazing books that I can put on awesome lists like this. The gargoyles and statues on the Princeton campus coming to life and disrupting the most epic scavenger hunt ever? Miss Durst, thank you for writing books that are so odd and wonderful.
8. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab - Quite possibly the most prettiest book ever written. I was so inpsired by story and romance and imagination of this novel that I leaped onto my computer and started writing a fantasy of my own. It doesn't come anywhere close to Schwab's brilliance, of course, but I loved the motivation anyway!
9. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh - This book was like Inception with the way it was messing with my mind. You have to use your imagination to get into this story and I absolutely love that.
10. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken - I saved the best for last! This list wouldn't be complete without the novel that kickstarted my love for all things fantasy. This is another book I rant and rave about whenever given the chance so here is the usual THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC BUY IT NOW mention. ;)