Books & Readings

Staff Picks

To All The Boy's I've Loved Before Jenny Han

This might be a young adult romance novel, but there are so many great characters in Lara Jean's family and social circle, that it can be called more a story about relationships and interactions. In the book, Lara Jean writes five letters to five boys that she loved, then kept them in a hat box never to be sent. When the letters are mysteriously sent by mail, Lara Jean has to face her past crushes and even date one to avoid the other.  Also, this books will seriously make you crave cookies. 

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

When one thinks of genocide, one immediately thinks of the horrific events of the Holocaust; however, the Armenian Genocide, or as Chris Bohjalian refers to it in his novel, The Sandcastle Girls, the “Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About” actually predates the Holocaust. In the novel, Bohjalian juxtaposes the main character’s modern day life with the story of her grandparents’ romance that began in Syria in 1915. Armen, an Armenian engineer is searching for his wife and infant daughter who he believes have both perished in the desert death camps. Elizabeth, an American from Boston, has arrived in Syria to tend to the endless parade of refugees. Despite the daily horrors that Armen and Elizabeth witness, the two begin an unlikely friendship that blossoms into a deep and abiding romance.  

 

Flunked by Jen Calonita

One would never wonder what happened to the fairy tale villains after the fairy tales until they read this book. When Gilly is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School; a school ran by Cinderella's stepmother, she finds out that there is something suspicious about the school. She meets a lot of great friends, and figures out the school's dark mysteries as a team. 

Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail

To his parents, Liam is a perfect little piglet. They tell him he is just as he should be. Liam is not content to be "just as he should be." He wants to be the Easter bunny. He practices hopping and eating salad and delivering eggs. He becomes pretty good with the hopping and delivering eggs part. Liking salad is going to take longer, however. With encouragement from his grandparents and an ill-fitting bunny suit, Liam soon becomes the Easter Bunny. So, if you have a dream, it just might become a reality.