Book Suggestions

If you’re looking for something to read, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some recommendations for readers and non-readers alike.

The Selection

If you don’t like to read or want something easy to read, The Selection is the series for you. This series is more geared towards girls, but I think some guys can enjoy it as well. The Selection is a trilogy of books by author Kiera Cass. It is set in the country of Illea, which is a future version of America. The country has a caste system, where Ones are royalty and at the top, and Eights are at the very bottom. The Selection is a system where all the girls aged 16-24 in Illea enter a contest to try and win the heart of the heir to the throne, Prince Maxon. 35 of these girls are chosen and sent to the palace to try and become the next princess. The series follows America Singer, a five who was thrown into the Selection unwillingly. At first she hates life at the castle, but soon she finds herself falling for the prince, and has to decide what she truly wants. This series is an easy read and can be great if you want to get into reading.

Percy Jackson

The Percy Jackson series is a great series for anyone who wants to get into reading, no matter your age or gender. This book follows the story of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy with ADHD and dyslexia who finds out he is a demigod, son of the Greek god Poseidon. He and his best friend Grover, who happens to be a satyr (half goat) go to Camp Half-Blood, a safe place for demigods (half humans, half gods), and meet Annabeth Chase, a daughter of the goddess Athena. The three of them go on many quests together over the 5 book series, getting in a lot of danger along the way. The author of this series, Rick Riordan, has written many other books about mythology, all within the same world as Percy. These books are very entertaining, having a lot of humor mixed in with all the gods and monsters. It is the perfect series for anyone to start on their reading journey.

The Hunger Games

If anyone is looking for a dystopian book to read, pick up the Hunger Games. This series is set in a future world where there are 12 Districts that have different jobs to serve the Capitol. Every year, they hold the Hunger Games, which is where they take a boy and a girl from each district between the ages of 12 and 18 and put them in an arena to fight to the death until there is only one left standing. This ‘game’ is broadcast throughout the Capitol and the Districts so everyone can watch the gory bloodshed. The series follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old from District 12, the poorest district. Her little sister, Prim, is chosen for the Hunger Games, and Katniss volunteers to go instead. She along with Peeta Mellark are sent to the Capitol to prepare for what they think is impending death. This series has a strong female lead, violence, romance, and everything one could want in a book. I highly recommend it to anyone who might be interested.

All The Bright Places

If you’re looking for a great contemporary read, All the Bright Places is the book for you. This novel covers mental illness and suicide, so if those topics upset you, don’t read this book. The story follows two teens, popular girl Violet Markey and outcast Theodore Finch. They meet at the top of the school bell tower where they are both considering jumping off and ending it all. After this encounter with each other, they get paired up for a school project and are forced to spend time with each other. As the book goes on, they start to fall for each other. Finch shows Violet the beautiful things about life and all she could be. But while her world is becoming brighter, his is getting darker every day. This is a truly beautiful novel that will make you laugh and cry, and I think everyone should read it.

Six of Crows

Six of Crows is a great book for anyone who loves a crime novel. The book is set in a world where there are these creatures called Grisha who have special abilities. The book follows Kaz Brekker, the most famous thief from a town called Ketterdam. He is hired to capture and bring back a famous scientist who is locked in the Ice Court of a country called Fjerda. He recruits 5 other thieves and thugs to help him pull off this impossible heist. The book is very character driven and goes deep into the backstory and feelings of each character. There is a bit of romance, but it’s not a main part of the story. This novel is very intriguing and exciting, and is a fantastic read.

One of Us is Lying

If you like mysteries, One of Us is Lying is the book for you. This novel follows 5 completely different teens who meet in detention. While in detention, one kid named Simon is poisoned and dies. Now, these teens who had no relation before, are the suspects of a murder. Before they know it, their lives begin to fall apart and they realize that they only have each other. But still, they don’t completely trust each other, since one of them is supposedly a murderer. They begin to investigate the case themselves, since the authorities seem to be doing nothing right. The novel is a story of friendship and trust as much as it is a mystery. It is a great book and one of my favorite mystery novels.

Isabella Shotwell