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10 Amazing Books With Unconventional Layouts

Hi there!

Recently I’ve been re-reading the Illuminae Files trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and I realised that despite the intriguing nature of the way it’s written, there aren’t many books similar to it. By this I mean that the books aren’t written in the way that novels commonly are. They are instead made up of a compilation of message conversations, audio transcripts, emails, and other types of ‘files.’ I find this style of writing really interesting, and while I’ve seen it in other places as well, I don’t think it’s around as much as it should be!

Below is a list of some books that aren’t written in the usual form of prose, but are either in text conversation, email, article, poem compilation form, or something similar. I’d definitely recommend you add them to your TBR pile, no only because of the unique way they’re written but because they are all great books as well!


The Illuminae Files (series) – Illuminae, Gemina, Obsidio
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(Message conversations, emails, audio transcripts, etc.)


Vanilla
Billy Merrell
(Poems as if written by the characters)


The Realm of Possibility

David Levithan
(Again, poems from the point of view of the characters)


The Boy (series) – The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, Every Boy’s Got One, The Boy Is Back
Meg Cabot
(Emails, facebook messages, articles, etc. Different for each book.)


Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

David Levithan (I find he’s good at these kind of things)
(Script for a musical.)

These are all the examples I can think of, but feel free to comment your own down below!

Note: some of the books mentioned weren’t available in the ‘book pages’ section.
Header image credit: @darkfaerietales_ on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BcGV6bSAJOx/

6 comments

bookwithbane

Thanks for the list! Make sure you make use of photos and text formatting to make your post aesthetically appealing. Also make sure to credit the original poster of the thumbnail, or just say Unknown: Pinterest. This does three things, a) doesn't put people under false pretenses, b) gives credit where its due, c) it protects you from angry internet people. Illuminae Files is king!

3rd Mar, 19
charlie

oops i shall do that now (i wrote this in humanities so clearly i was not thinking straight)

3rd Mar, 19
bookwithbane

In reply to charlie

No problem. Your post looks better already

3rd Mar, 19
charlie

In reply to bookwithbane

<3

3rd Mar, 19
inky Centre for Youth Literature

Terrific listicle!

7th Mar, 19
charlie

thanks!!!

12th Mar, 19