Must Read Books

Books for every genre that you won’t be able to put down

Laurie Lencioni, Staff Writer

Do you need help finding your next book? Unsure where to look? Well, don’t worry! Here are some great series and stand alone books for you to try out.

If you’re looking for some great dystopian fiction books, the series Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a great option. It is told from the perspective of seventeen year old Juliette with a lethal touch, who has never been shown any kindness before. In this book, there are sentences and words crossed out like a diary entry. It keeps your eyes glued to the pages and you won’t want to put it down.

Another amazing dystopian novel is Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in the future where everyone looks “ugly” until they turn sixteen and undergo a surgery that turns them “pretty.” The main character is a fifteen year old girl named Tally who can’t wait to get her operation. That is until she meets someone new who helps her see everything differently. This is a non-stop shocker and leaves the reader straining for more. 

Some amazing stand alone books include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and Paper Towns by John Green. All of these books have a more realistic feel to them. They all have teenage main characters who are just trying to find a place in the world. Each book is captivating with the plot and characters making the reader feel relatable, almost as if they’ve finally been heard.

Are you instead looking for fantasy-fiction books instead? One amazing series is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. In this series, we follow the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin who lives in a corrupt kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. We follow her path to finding herself, while trying to save the kingdom and the world. 

Some other series include A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. We follow a witch named Diana and a vampire named Matthew as they slowly break down the barriers separating their kind from each other. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare follows Clary’s journey through a new world and her adventures with new friends. The series The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is set in the future and she puts a new twist on classic princess fairytale stories. 

There are also some amazing books that have their characters deal with mental illness such as OCD, bipolar disorder, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders. Some of these titles include Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, When We Collided by Emery Lord, One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra. Each of these books deals with their disorders differently and helps readers understand what dealing with one of the mental illnesses is like. 

If you’re looking for some non-fiction novels, The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande is an amazing choice. She tells the story of her life starting with her mother illegally moving into the United States, leaving her and her two older siblings with their grandmother. They suffer abusive treatment from their grandmother who treats them terribly, while also doting on her other grandchild. The siblings start to believe that their parents are forgetting about them and have to struggle to stay together. 

Some great mystery books that have you thinking it through include One Of Us Is Lying by Karne M. McManus, Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson, You Were Never Here by Lynne Ramsey and Sadie by Courtney Summers. These mystery novels keep you engaged as you try to solve the mystery yourself. 

These can all be found at either Barnes and Noble or on Amazon. So, while you are relaxing, try to pick up a book and see where it takes you.