Any kind of eclipse is special in my opinion, but there is a difference between a total solar eclipse and an annular solar eclipse.
ANNULAR: the moon is not at perigee (closest to the earth). This means that the moon is NOT as big as it possible could be, and it will not cover the whole surface of the sun, therefore you will see the sun shining around the moon, like a glowing ring.
TOTAL: The Moon is at Perigee, and will cover the whole surface of the sun during the eclipse. (completely blocking out the sun).
it all comes down to perigee (moon is close to the earth and looks bigger), apogee( moon is farthest away from earth and will not cover the sun during an eclipse.
and most importantly you MUST be close to the umbra inside the penumbra to see these things happen. (umbra and penumbra are names given to the inner and outer shadow the moon casts on the earth)
An annualar solar eclipse is actually a rare case of total eclipse. In this case, the moon is just a little too far away from the earth. Due to this, the moon's umbra finishes before it reaches the earth. The image of the sun gets inverted as the inverted rays strike the earth. The sun appears as a ring on the outline of the moon. It is so rare that it happens once in a lifetime.