The Best Books to Read

Maggie Coleman, Staff Writer

With Thanksgiving Break fast approaching, and everyone having more time to read, I’ve decided to break down the best old and new books to read (in my opinion, that is). If you feel like you’ve read everything in the library or just want to break out of your book comfort zone, this list is for you.

1. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
I recently had to choose a memoir to read for my english class, and thoroughly enjoyed I Am Malala. It describes a young girl’s journey through life under Taliban rule, and how she speaks out for her many beliefs, like women going to school.

1. The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins
Although this is fairly well-known, it certainly lives up to all the hype surrounding it. If you are a fan of thrilling, cutting-edge dystopian books with a strong female lead, you’ll enjoy this book.

2. The Maze Runner
By: James Dashner
Similar to The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner is a new classic that has captivated all audiences. This book focuses on secrets surrounding a maze that traps its audience inside. Definitely a must-have for those who enjoy science fiction.

3. The Fault In Our Stars
By; John Green
This book is one of the saddest modern love stories I’ve ever read. So popular it was turned into a movie, The Fault In Our Stars offers a twist ending that you’ll never see coming along with beautifully developed and complex characters.

4. Matched

By: Ally Condie
Matched takes place in a strict society where every choice is made for you by the government, including who you date and marry. The system runs smoothly until Cassia decides to stand up for individual rights, and defies the government.

5. Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling
I know people have read most of the Harry Potter books already, but they’re so good that I had to include them on this list. Focusing on young Harry Potter’s journey to defeat Voldemort, the villain; friendship and the unconditional love of family help this young hero defeat the powers of evil.