It’s been a while since I’ve made a Top 5 post and since I’ve gotten some interesting books on my wish list, I thought I’d share five of them with you guys. I have recently been wanting to find books that aren’t hyped or popular on bookstagram (at least my little corner of it), mostly to expand my reading list and experience new “unknown” authors, so I hope you haven’t heard of these titles before either. And by “unknown”, I mean authors that are unknown to me.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte – Goodreads
This book (with an extremely stunning cover) has just been published here in April and from what I understand it’s written by a young paleontologist. He has been studying dinosaurs for a decade now, so I guess that’s isn’t much in that field, but still he has managed to travel the world and write this book that explains how dinosaurs came to life, how they evolved and why they became extinct. Most of my followers from my bookstagram account knows that I love dinosaurs, Jurassic Park is my all-time favourite book, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this book on my Top 5 list.
The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson – Goodreads
One of my followers messaged me about this book because she thought it might interest me since it had dinosaurs in it, and she was not wrong! (Hej Nadia!) This book is described as Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park, and that is exactly what got me hooked. It is difficult to find a decent synopsis of this book, because they seem very short on Goodreads, Book Depository and Amazon. Basically it is about two characters, that are in a competition and from what I understand they have to get to point A to point B, and that means they have to move through lands where dinosaurs live. I will definitely order this book sometime soon! It’s pretty cheap too.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull – Goodsreads
Now, let me be honest with how I came across this middle grade/young adult fantasy book. I follow this extremely sweet and happy booktuber, NayaReadsandSmiles, and during one of her recommendationsvideos she was holding this one and it surprised me because at first I thought that it was Brandon Sanderson who had written a middle grade book and I immediately checked it out. Turns out it’s a different Brandon, but I was still very interested. It sounds like a magical series filled with adventure and magical creatures. I’d love to read them, because it’s not often I come across middle grade adventure books set in a fantasy world and the synopsis sounds pretty good.
An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King – Goodreads
Ever since I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood I’ve been wanting to read similar dystopian novels, that also has this theme where the government rules over everybody. I then found this debut novel and instantly fell in love with the synopsis. It’s about a 40 year old man in a not-so-distant future China, where the consequences of the One-Child policy has hit the country hard. 40 million men can’t find wives, which is 25 percent of all men, and our main character is one of them. It sounds really interesting, and I think it would be a very scary insight to how the world could look like if people kept favoring boys over girls.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – Goodreads
This is also a book I found in my search for something similar to The Handmaid’s Tale, and wow this sounds like it could hit me hard in the feels! The story is set in an America where abortion is once again illegal, fertilization is banned and even small embryos have the right to live. We will follow five different women and see how all of the above affects their lives individually. I have personally never had an abortion, but I have never been against it either, because I am all for people believing in what’s right for their life and their body. So it will be interesting to see how an entire country will live under such a dark rule where women have no rights over their own bodies and form their own decisions.
Now, that was my short list of “unknown” books I want to buy and add to my collection. Have you seen or heard about any of these books before? Or read them? What did you think of it/them?
Also, if you have any recommendations with underrated and/or unknown books, please let me know in the comments down below.