It’s Wednesday and that means one thing, time for another top five Wednesday!
Top Five Wednesday was created back in November of 2013 by Lainey from gingerreadslainey on Youtube. It’s a weekly meme that revolves around various (usually bookish) topics.
This weeks topic is my five favourite underrated books. There are so many books out there that are unknown to the world even with youtube and the blogosphere. I’ve discovered so many since being a part of this world but some of my favourite books really aren’t known by the rest of the world. So, shall we begin?
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness.
Now a fair amount of people have heard of Patrick Ness, primarily through his book ‘A Monster Calls’ which has exploded on the internet this past year. Now I did love this book but it is nothing like ‘The Chaos Walking’ trilogy.
The first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, introduces us to this settlement which is only home to Men. All the women suddenly died thirteen years before but somehow the men survived. Now in this town there is a boy called Todd and he’s the last boy in his town. When you turn thirteen you become a man, and Todd is the youngest kid left. The only companion he has is Manchee, his dog, who never shuts up. Oh, yes that’s something you need to know. Everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. Nothing can be kept secret in this world and there’s always noise. Noise from the Men, noise from the animals, noise from this last boy. Until one day when there isn’t noise. Todd stumbles upon somewhere silent and he learns that his world isn’t as perfect as the rest of the people in his town would have him believe.
Trust me, this trilogy is Patrick Ness at his finest and everyone needs to read it.
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, by Annabel Pitcher
So people always go on about books like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, right. They say how they destroyed their soul after reading them. Well they definitely don’t compare to this masterpiece.
This book is set five years after an event that took 62 lives after bombs were placed around London. It follows the story of the family of the youngest victim, Rose, from the perspective of her now ten year old brother, Jamie. Jamie’s parents, due to the guilt and heartache of the event, have split up and Jamie’s dad has moved him and his sister far into the country to escape not only his feelings but the raise that he blames for his daughter’s death; the Muslims. And yet in this new place, Jamie meets a girl who wears a headdress and everything he has been told by his now drunk of a father, just doesn’t make sense.
Trust me when I say that this book will break your heart and make you realise that no one is born to hate. No it is something that is put on them by those around them, but some actions can really change a young person’s mind on taboo subjects.
There is no Dog, by Meg Rosoff
Now this book might offend some people out there and if that’s the case I really am sorry. Oh and I know that so many people can’t stand this book at all but trust me, just give it a go.
Meet God. A nineteen year old who only won the planet because his mother won it in an intergalactic poker game. He’s like almost every other teen out there; lazy, short tempered, negligent and sex-mad. Bob created the world and everything on it in just six days because … well because he couldn’t be bothered to take longer doing it. And he created a near apocalyptic floor because he fell asleep whilst running a bath. Yeah, he’s hopeless. But he’s the only God we’ve got.
If you’re a philosophical person and wonder sometimes how we could believe in some all powerful being yet still have wars and other crap like that, this makes perfect sense. Because, hey, no one’s perfect.
Mother, Mother, by Koren Zailckas
All is not as it seems with the Host family. There is gentle teenage daughter Violet, whose experiments with fasting and drugs lands her in a psychiatric ward. There is eight year old Will who is smart, funny, and caring but has already been labelled autistic. There is Josephine, the mother, whose subtly controlling and seemingly innocent manoeuvres may just be the source of all their despair. And then there’s Rose, the sister who got away. She ran away from home years earlier, tried of Josephine’s interference, and hasn’t been heard from since. But as her mother’s intentions become terrifyingly clear, Violet begins to wonder whether Rose escaped at all.
This is a true psychological thriller that also delved into topics such as abuse and mental health. It was brilliant and truly blew my mind, leaving me thinking about it for weeks to come.
Bog Child, by Siobhan Down.
No one has ever heard of this talented author, well they don’t know that they’ve heard of her. She was the one who came up with the plot line for ‘A Monster Calls’. She beefed the plot out completely but before she could start writing, sadly she passed away. Her legacy lives on in the timeless tale that was developed by Patrick Ness but trust me when I say that she is a brilliant author.
This book is set in Northern Ireland during the troubles in the 1980s. It follows the story of Fergus McClan who must study for his exams but has so many other things on his plate. He witnesses the prison hunger strikes first hand through his older brother, has to deal with the stress of being a courier for the IRA, and finds the body of a girl whilst digging up peat in the marshes.
Not only do you see the life of this mysterious girl through Fergus’ dreams in this insanely brilliant book, but you also see a side of Ireland that you didn’t really see. The side of those living there, those who knew people that were starving themselves and smuggling drugs and contraception through the country. If there’s any book from this list that some out there must read, it’s this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Book Total of 2017 – 4