Looking for a Good Book? Try These

Maggie Nolen, Staff Writer

During this time, many are stressed and looking for ways to amuse ourselves and even kill a little time. During my quarantine, I have been reading to pass some time. Here are some of my book recommendations as well as what others have been reading:

  1. Yes Please – Amy Poehler
  • This is one of my all-time favorite books. It details Amy Poehler’s life from growing up in a small Boston town to being on Saturday Night Live and more. I think this memoir is specifically interesting, because it’s written as if she’s not famous, and it sounds like she is just telling you a long story. There is also some great advice and inspiring chapters that will really make you think.
  1. To Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  • This book is not the best I’ve ever read, but I think it’s a very interesting sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. This book takes a different tone than the first one and describes the events from a different point of view. If you are a fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, this should be at the top of your reading list.
  1. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  • This is another memoir, and this is probably my favorite book ever. It tells the story of a dysfunctional, impoverished family trying to get by. This book is really cool because the author is not a celebrity or someone super famous, and she is just telling the true story of how poverty and alcoholism affected her life growing up, which is very relatable for some.
  1. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  • The history behind this book is so intriguing and if you enjoy history, learning about different parts of the world, women’s rights, etc., you would definitely enjoy this book. The author, Malala Yousafzai, details her struggle to get an education, the struggle to be taken seriously as a woman, and her recovery after being shot.
  1. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
  • Brooklyn Oxley said, “The main character of this book is so relatable because she has her whole life planned out and then starts to question if the path she chose is right for her. There are also some deeper lessons about the flaws of today’s education system.”

Some people are also re-reading their favorite series: Harry Potter, Divergent, the Hunger Games, etc., and if you’ve never read those, this could be a great opportunity. It’s a great way to escape and try to forget about the current situation.

You can also find great titles and recommendations at Good Reads where they have a section devoted to young adult literature.