by Emma Gyde0
Winter Reading List
If I Stay
by: Gale Forman
Seventeen year old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love-music-even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant everything changes. Suddenly all her choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I stay is realistic fiction, it’s centered around the choices we make in everyday life and how they reflect the way we live. This book is recommended for avid readers who enjoy books that pull on their heartstrings, and are filled with emotion.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. This country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brothers graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It’s is the Grave Digger’s handbook, left behind there by accident, and it’s her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
The Book Thief is realistic fiction based in Germany during WWII. It is a heavy read that requires complete attention, perfect for winter reads to snuggle up with some tea. It is a more advanced novel so it’s recommender for older teens.
by Lois Lowry
Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is signed out onto receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
The Giver is a fictional dystopia novel about a world with no emotion or color. It’s a bland controlled Community. If you enjoyed the divergent series you will love this book, the author of Divergent was inspired by this series. The Giver is great for teens or younger advanced readers.
Let it Snow
by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.
Let it Snow will fill you with holiday spirit and make you ache for the celebrations. A heartwarming book to keep you toasty during the winter months.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious Island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curios photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As the story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores it’s abandoned bedroom and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is suspenseful fiction. It incorporated mystery, mild suspense, and an eerie antique vibe. Great for all the mystery lovers of the book world.
Synopsizes are taken from Goodreads