What to Read

Don’t know what to read? Check out these book recommendations by clicking on each title. Get reading!

Fantasy, Complex, Masterpiece, Huge

A Game of Thrones is the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The story takes place in the vast and complex world of Westeros and beyond. This is a more advanced series. However, the story it provides is absolutely amazing. It is composed of the points of view of many characters. It is not a simple story, and not your usual fantasy story. It is a complex political story that involves difficult moral decisions and elements of magic. There is no clear distinction between villain and hero. All decisions have consequences. It is a very well written series that I recommend for anyone that is up for the challenge.

My favorite part is the complex characters the author brings to life. They are faced with difficult decisions. They make good choices, and bad choices, just like us. I love how realistic this series is, even though it involves high fantasy elements.

It has a vast vocabulary, and requires time to think and understand what’s happening. It is definitely a challenging series to read, and may not be the best book to start with if you are not as fluent in the English language, but if you are up for a challenge, you will learn a lot from it. It takes elements of real-world history from all over the world, and combines it with the author’s own ideas.

9 out of 10

Written by Felicia

Fantasy, Masterpiece, Classic, Adventure

The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, a small hobbit who lives in the comfort of his hobbit hole in the peaceful Shire. Suddenly, his peaceful life is disturbed by the arrival of Gandalf the Wizard and a company of dwarves that are looking to reclaim their home from Smaug, who is a very large and dangerous dragon. Follow Bilbo on his adventure through the magnificent, magical and diverse lands of Middle Earth. This is a sequel to the well-known series The Lord of the Rings, however it is a much easier read than that magnificent series.

My favourite part is, strangely enough, either the beginning or the end. In the beginning, you are introduced to the beauties of Middle Earth and the Shire, as well as the fun personalities of the characters. In the end, you look back on an amazing adventure and the lessons you can take from the story and the characters.

It is a well-known classic, and it truly is a good story. Though it was originally meant for children, it is enjoyed by people of all ages, and will provide you with a wonderful story and a vast and rich vocabulary.

9 out of 10

Written by Felicia

Leadership, Test, Space

This book is a wild ride. The main character is a boy who might save us all by just naturally being a gifted leader, but did the government train him too hard?

My favorite part in the story is, the last days at command school.

The themes in the story are applicable to life and reading this story is such a fun ride.

10 out of 10

Written by Joshua

Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is written by Arthur Conan Doyle and was first published in 1892.It is a collection of 12 stories where the great Detective team of Sherlock Holmes and his assistant solves various mysteries using their intelligent reasoning. These stories include  “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Red-headed League”, “A Case of Identity”, “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”, “The Five Orange Pips”, “The Man with the Twisted Lip”, “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb”, “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”, “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”, and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”. These stories are a masterpiece of detective fiction -, an enjoyable and captivating read for any age group.

All these stories are different from each other, interesting and captivating. My favorite part is once you start reading, you can’t stop yourself from guessing the outcome. And surprisingly the ending is almost always different from what you guess. Each one of these stories is unpredictable and will keep you guessing until you reach the end. As a teen reader during my high school years, I felt like I was a part of the detective team solving these mysteries.

Entertaining stories filled with different characters, plots and settings. Take the journey through these stories where you will join the team of intelligent detectives, – find clues and solve the mysteries using logic and reasoning. Get surprised by Sherlock Holmes’s way of investigation and enjoy the journey. A wonderful read for all age groups. 

9 out of 10

Written by Meghana

Drama, Compelling, Divisive

To Kill a Mockingbird was ahead of its time when it was published in 1960. It is set in Alabama during the most oppressive and turbulent years of the Jim Crow era. The premise of the book is a story that was often heard back then, an innocent black man is accused of doing something terrible to a defenseless, young, white woman. From the very beginning, the plot is sad, to say the least, but To Kill a Mockingbird is not a story of despair, it is a story of hope. The hope that we all will do what is right even if doing so might cause us to go against the tide, not because we want to push back but because we feel compelled to do so.

Personally, I am, and will forever be, in awe at the author’s ability to capture such a complicated topic and create such an easily digestible book. The fact that we are still grappling with some of the issues that are raised throughout the book makes To Kill a Mockingbird as important to read today as it was in the 60’s.

My favorite part, without giving too much away, is when Atticus Finch explains to his children why he is doing something that seems to be causing him, his family and their town so many difficulties.

Read To Kill a Mockingbird if you would like to get a glimpse into a part of American history that is not often discussed, yet is of most importance when attempting to understand how we have come to be where we currently stand.

9 out of 10

Written by Santos

Romance, Riveting, Suspenseful, Transporting

Mistress of Mellyn is a gothic romance novel penned by Eleanor Hibbert in 1960 under the pseudonym, Victoria Holt. It is set in 19th century Cornwall, a county in South West England. It is the classical, but never tiresome, story of a young governess (Martha Leigh), hired to teach the child (Alvean) of an older, worldly and world-weary widower (Connan TreMellyn), who falls in love with her employer, and is haunted by the mysterious circumstances of his wife’s death. While the novel is clearly inspired by classics in the genre such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Mistress of Mellyn holds its own with regard to the plot, the characters, and of course, the ending. The language is simple yet captivating. To be honest, I found Mistress of Mellyn to be more thrilling than both its muses, and the female protagonist, Martha, who is part prim governess and part Nancy Drew, to be more interesting and multifaceted than Jane or the nameless heroine of Rebecca.

It is difficult to single out my favorite part in this novel. The vividly fleshed out characters and fascinating imagery created by Victoria Holt’s pen paint so many memorable vignettes that you feel as if your are watching a motion picture – Daisy, the maid’s wonderfully glib explanation of the eerie whispers Martha heard the previous night; the formidable Mrs. Polgrey with her conspiratorial “spoonfuls of whisky” in her Earl Grey; the preparations for the Christmas Ball so vividly described you can practically smell the aroma of the herbs and delicacies; just to name a few.

Growing up, Mistress of Mellyn was my go-to refuge from a dull evening or a rainy day. I cannot count the number of times I have read this book. It never failed to transport me to the cliffs of Cornwall where I tread cautiously through the sprawling mansion of Mount Mellyn in Martha’s footsteps. It is a book that is hard to put down even after multiple reads although you are intimate with every turn of the page and know exactly how it ends. If you are looking for a read that will effortlessly free you from the mundane and take you on a mesmerizing adventure, this is the book for you.

10 out of 10

Written by Sapna

Action/Adventure, Prophetic, Dazzling, Nerve-shredding

On a quiet island, scientists have created the ultimate zoo – a place where you can see living, breathing, but long-extinct animals that have been brought back to life. But is it right for humans to resurrect animals? Can we really control nature? Jurassic Park is an iconic story that goes a lot deeper than you think. Not only is it a thrilling tale of people surviving a prehistoric nightmare, but it also teaches us about our place in the world. Jurassic Park asks us how far science should be allowed to go, shows us what humans are like as a species, and warns us that nothing is stronger than the power of nature.

The opening of the story is mysterious – we learn about a number of horrible animal attacks that construction workers have been suffering on an island near Costa Rica. Of course, we know what’s really causing it, but it’s very creepy and builds an image of Jurassic Park being a vicious, uncontrollable place! The book (and its sequel, The Lost World) is far scarier than the films, and has a lot of science in it (Michael Crichton, the author, loved science and technology!). His novels may feel complicated while you read them, but he explains everything perfectly.

If you’re not really into reading but you loved the 1993 film (or any of its sequels), pick up this book. It’s much easier to read and enjoy a story, especially when you tend to struggle with reading, and you already know the story. You can follow along with characters and imagine the scenes much easier.

9 out of 10

Written by William

Funny, strange, tragic

William meets a man called Arthur while on a train. Arthur is certainly strange – he likes to spend his money, even though he doesn’t have one. He is obsessed with looking nice – but has bad teeth and wears a wig. 

This story is set mostly in Germany, right before World War II. The writer, Christopher Isherwood, really did live in Germany, and based many of the character in the book on people he knew. 

What starts out as a strange and often funny story of a bizarre friendship becomes swallowed up in espionage and conspiracy. 

7 out of 10