Top 5 Saturday: Books by Unread Authors!

It’s time for another Top 5 Saturday, a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and this week’s topic is: books by unread authors you want to read. Friends, I’m loving and hating this prompt because it’s a keen reminder of all of the unread books sitting sadly on my shelves and the guilt is making itself known just a little bit right now and it’s making me feel like such an irresponsible reader! *flails dramatically under mountain of guilt* Now, with that out of the way, here are five books by unread authors that I’m hoping to read before the end of 2019! 😂

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

SYNOPSIS: How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies? In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident. A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

SYNOPSIS: Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you’ve ever dreamed of—to spend a few seasons in this luxurious locale. The catch? For nine months, you belong to the Farm. You cannot leave the grounds; your every move is monitored. Your former life will seem a world away as you dedicate yourself to the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your überwealthy clients. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines and a struggling single mother, is thrilled to make it through the highly competitive Host selection process at the Farm. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her own young daughter’s well-being, Jane grows desperate to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on delivery—or worse.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

SYNOPSIS: Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

SYNOPSIS: Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.
That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.
Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

Birthday by Meredith Russo

SYNOPSIS: Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

Are any of these books on your own list? What books by unread authors would you have on your list? Any of them to be read before 2019 ends?

24 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Books by Unread Authors!

  1. Yeah.. I mentioned this on another post.. I didn’t go rogue on purpose… I completely misunderstood the idea behind the list lol. Also, much to many schigrims (that isn’t the right word, isn’t it- maybe not even a word?) I haven’t read DOTC either.

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    1. If schigrims is a word I have not heard of it before! Haha I actually almost posted next week’s prompt because my eyes completely skipped over this week’s 😂 I don’t even know what to do with myself sometimes! Lmao


  2. OMG I’m terrible with my TBR. It has over 4000 books on it. I will probably never read all the books I want to and honestly it just keeps growing and there is really nothing I can do about it but oh well.

    I have read both The Farm and Descendant of the Crane. Descendant of the Crane had INCREDIBLE plotting and was really quite amazing. I loved it. The Farm was really good because it really got me thinking and I loved the idea behind it, but felt the execution could have been a bit better. But it did open my eyes to the experiences of undocumented immigrants/ immigrants in general in the US and the struggles that they go through and I think it was SO important for me to read it.

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    1. OMG 4,000?! HAHA that makes me feel slightly better with my 1K Goodreads TBR! 😂 I take it the 4K is your Goodreads not actual? I would actually be seriously amazed!

      I’m so glad to hear that about both The Farm and DotC! I’m surprised that Descendant wasn’t more hyped? The cover is gorgeous and I’m excited to finally pick it up! I’ve heard that about the execution of The Farm as well, so I’m kind of keeping my expectations in check! Definitely curious to read it 😍

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      1. Yeah the 4k is my Goodreads. I try to clear it out sometimes but it just keeps growing…. I have no self control and I want to read everything.

        I feel like Descendant of the Crane was everywhere right before release, but I haven’t heard a lot about it since release day. It was really good. Regardless of the execution for The Farm I think that it’s totally worth the read.


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