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Fall Book Tasting

By: Haley Troha

Hello Falcons! If you’re looking for a new series to enjoy for weeks, a novel to take up extra time, or a classic to read for a project, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of my top ten favorite books I read over quarantine:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (series) by Sarah J. Maas. This YA fantasy novel definitely earns a place at the top of my favorite books. The first book is about Feyre Archeron, a young huntress, and the consequences she faces after killing a faerie disguised as a wolf. Filled with action and romance, the whole series has 4 books and 1 novella so far.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (and sequel) by Mackenzie Lee. This book follows Henry “Monty” Montague, a seemingly constant disappointment to his cold aristocratic father. He and his companions, Percy and Felicity, set out on their Grand Tour of the world, on which they make discoveries and decisions that will change their lives forever. This book is a duology (a pair of books) with A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.

The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins. This dystopian trilogy is based in the future in the country of Panem. Panem is divided into twelve districts ruled by the Capitol, and once a year, each district must randomly choose one boy and one girl to fight to the death in an event known as the Hunger Games. There is a new prequel to this series called A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Clockwork Angel (trilogy) by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel is a fantasy novel set in the late 1800’s which follows the story of Tessa Grey. After her aunt dies, Tessa must sail to London to live with her brother. However, she is kidnapped upon landing in London, and her captors reveal to her a disturbing secret about herself. This trilogy is part of a larger series called the Shadowhunter Chronicles.

The Westing Game (novel) by Ellen Raskin. 16 heirs. A bookie. A thief. A bomber. And a mistake. The late Samuel W Westing’s large inheritance could belong to any one of them if they can win the game and find out who caused his sudden and unnatural end.

I am Malala (biography) by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. The most well-written and interesting biography I have ever read, I am Malala is a must read. It is the true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young women’s rights activist who was shot by the Taliban. It was very powerful, and even more so considering recent events.

Six of Crows (+ sequel) by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows follows the thieving crew of Kaz Brekker, who set out to pull off the biggest heist of their lives. Of course, however, things get a little more complicated than any of them could have imagined. Six of Crows and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom, are YA fantasy, and the prequel trilogy Shadow and Bone was recently released as a Netflix series!

The Three Musketeers (novel) by Alexandre Dumas. A classic, The Three Musketeers is a great book for a report or project, but also just a fun read. It is about the young Gascon D’artagnan, and his journey through perilous Paris in quest of securing a rank in the king’s guard; the Musketeers.

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. One of my favorites written by the Queen of Mystery, this novel follows Mr. Clement, the vicar of St Mary Mead, and the death of Colonel Protheroe. If you have read some of her other works, you might recognize returning detective Miss Marple.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles is a science fiction series based on classic fairy tales. The first book, Cinder, is about a cyborg girl living in New Beijing who falls in love with a prince, even though because of her position things weren’t supposed to work out. She must also deal with her wicked stepmother, and the evil Queen Levana who is attempting to worm her way into the kingdom.

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