The Book Corner: Wondering What to Read Next?

Some great reads to relax with this winter and in 2021

Aeowynn Ayres and Maddie Root

Aeowynn’s Choices:

It’s winter time which means it’s the season to cuddle by the fire with a hot chocolate while reading a good book. There are four books that I would recommend to people who need a wonderful book to read this winter.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a love story destined to fail. Hazel Grace Lancaster is a sixteen year old girl battling cancer. She meets Augustus Waters, also known as Gus, at a support group for cancer patients. They have an undeniable spark and continue to get closer and closer throughout the novel. Hazel and Gus take a trip to Amsterdam as Hazel’s Make-A-Wish wish. After they come back to the USA, Gus gets very sick and needs to be hospitalized.
The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing book that will have you laughing, awww-ing, and crying, all in the same chapter, and it is great to read by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling, is the first of seven books in the Harry Potter series.
The book begins with Harry living in a cupboard under the stairs at the Dursley house, which consists of his aunt, uncle, and cousin. It is obvious that his extended family doesn’t want him there. One day, Harry receives a letter which his uncle promptly throws away. As the days go on, more letters come in the mail, all addressed to Harry. The Dursleys and Harry move to a house that nobody can get to. On Harry’s eleventh birthday, he finds out he is a wizard who is to be attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the fall.
In this book, you get to follow Harry’s journey of finding his way through the wizarding world while also trying to figure out what the Dark Lord is up to. The Harry Potter series is a nail biter and is so well-written that it will have you constantly on the edge of your seat.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a story that takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943. The story is written from the viewpoint of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who is experiencing the Nazi invasion. In the beginning of the story, she notices things that are out of the ordinary — like she is being stopped by soldiers, and the Jewish stores are starting to close. Annemarie’s house gets searched by soldiers, and her friend is almost captured. Her family joins a resistance that is trying to get Jewish families out of Denmark. Does her family get caught? Read this amazing book to find out.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a poetry book split into four parts, each filled with poems of different themes. This book is great for poetry lovers or for people who want to get into poetry. Rupi Kaur is an amazing poet, and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry or wants to get into it.

Maddie’s Choices:

Snow is falling. The fireplace is blazing. Winter is the perfect time of the year to get cozy on the couch and sit down with a good book to read. Here are some great books to dive into this winter.

Missing summer during these cold months? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart will take you right back to that summer feeling. This novel tells the story of the beautiful, rich, and mysterious Sinclair family and their summers at Beechwood Island. The book follows Candance Sinclair, the eldest granddaughter of the family. Candance does not feel like herself and decides to head to Beechwood Island for the summer to see her family. Candance only remembers happy times at the Beechwood Island, but this year something is different. Everyone else is acting suspicious as well. Will Candance figure out what’s wrong with her family?
Need a story to keep you engaged the whole time? Read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl are new to the town of Shaker Heights. However, Mia and Pearl are not your “average” residents to this town. Mia is a poor single mother traveling for her art. Elena Richardson, the Queen B of the town, is not too happy when Mia and Pearl begin to attach themselves to her perfect life. The novel shines a light on how things are not always as they seem. In 2020, the novel was adapted into a TV series on Hulu, starring Reece Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. If you cannot read the book, I would highly recommend watching the show.
Get ready to feel all the feels with this one. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is a heart-wrenching story about two sisters and their journeys throughout World War II. Vianne has ignored her baby sister, Isabelle, throughout her life. Isabelle, the rebel of the family, is kicked out of boarding school and needs somewhere to stay. The sisters are forced to come together as the war begins. What will happen when the two sisters reunite? This book has received so much praise and acclamation. It has tens of thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and even won the Audie Award for Fiction in 2016. The Nightingale is in the process of being made into a movie will be coming out in theaters in late 2021.
Each one of these choices is extremely fast-paced and easy to read. Happy Reading!