Top Ten Books to Read in the Chilly Season

Jolie Hoppes, Reporter

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If you’re like me, you have a pile of books that you have bought but haven’t read. Sometimes you just don’t feel like reading any of those books, so here are some five-star books you can read instead.

If you are looking for a thrilling read with huge plot twists read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Sharp Objects is about an ex-reporter that comes back to her hometown and sees that her half-sister, Amma, can make the people of the town do anything she wants. This leads to her discovering that her mother might be hurting Amma.

This is a great book to read if you want a fast, engrossing book that you’ll definitely finish in a night.

Flynn leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat and will leave you wanting more.

You should also read this book if you’ve enjoyed Gone Girl, which is written by the same author.

If you don’t feel like reading an intense story, try The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. Dessen’s novel is a romance involving Macy and Wes. Macy is bogged down with school work, her library job, and helping her mother; Wes is a laid back guy.

This is a also a great book to read if you feel stressed and are looking for less of a routine like Macy is.

Are you looking for a book that will make you cry?

An interesting book that will do that is January First by Michael Schofield. This memoir details the story of a father who feels he is losing his child to her illness. January, his daughter has schizophrenia.

Make sure to grab a box of tissues for this sad story about travesty, hope, and family.

If you’re more of the mystery type, then Agatha Christie books might be more your style. My favorite book by that author is And Then There Were None, which you might remember from ninth grade.

This novel starts out with a creepy poem called “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. The murders in the book are then committed in the order and way that the poem suggests. The twist is that the murderer is on the same island that all the victims are!

Maybe you’re looking for a book to help you learn something. A good nonfiction book to read is The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

The author is an American physician and oncologist. In the book he chronicles the history of the genome from Aristotle to Crick, Watson, and Franklin. You will learn how your genes affect your life and how new discoveries about the gene can affect society.

I Hate Everyone But You is more of a dramatic read. This book is by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn. The book is about friendship and deals with real-life problems that you might experience, too.

Dunn and Raskin are creators of the Youtube channel “Just Between Us”.

If you enjoy the series, the book has an upcoming sequel expected to come out in July

Another book that delves into some possibly personal problems you might be having in your life is Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.  It takes place in the same universe as the podcast made by Fink and Cranor, “Welcome to Night Vale”.

The book not only delves into the weird things that occur in the fictional town Night Vale, but the characters have somewhat relatable problems and complex personalities.

If you would rather read a romantic book that takes place in the early 1800’s, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a great book to read.

You can explore the life of a girl named Elizabeth who meets an egotistical man named Mr. Darcy, but they eventually fall in love after dramatic betrayals and twists.

After reading this book you’ll want to go back in time to meet your own Darcy or Elizabeth!

If the Jane Austen novel sounds interesting to you, then plan to read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott right after.

In Little Women the sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy grow from children to adults throughout the pages. They go through fights, crushes, and tough moral lessons; all the while they treat everyone kindly and with forgiveness. For example, Jo has to deal with her quick-to-anger personality.

The second part details the girls’ lives three years later and has Jo getting married, Amy falling in love, and Meg learning how to live with her husband.

While some readers can’t decide what their favorite book is, I know for sure mine is  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. The novel is about twins that grow apart as they become older.

Also, the author shows the difference between the personalities of the children when they were younger compared to when they are older. One of the twins, Jude, deals with hallucinations and paranoia.

The later years are told from Jude’s perspective, and the earlier years are told from her brother, Noah’s. Both experience events and meet people that affect their lives. The book shows the close bond between siblings.

This book will make you think about the twins and their story for days on end.

So go out and read whatever you want ! The books on your shelf will always be waiting.