Many of you may be feeling bored or extra anxious during this time, so here’s a list of five books to ignite that reading spark and put you in a good mood!
1. What if It’s Us by Becky Abertalli
Any book co-written by Becky Abertalli and Adam Silvera is bound to be good, and this one is no exception. Arthur is in New York for the summer, and believes in the universe’s ability to deliver a sparkling, show-stopping romance out of nowhere. Ben, on the other hand, is getting over a break-up and wants the universe to leave him alone. After being united, separated, and then reunited, both start to wonder what the universe actually has in store for them.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Will Traynor once had it all: the job, the extreme sports, the travel, until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Now, he is confined to a wheelchair, and Louisa Clark, his personal care assistant, has taken it upon herself to make him happy, which is no easy feat. Even though they have nothing in common, the two find themselves becoming closer and closer. Louisa and Will prove that love really is blind, and it asks the question: if you love someone so much that you are willing to die for them, are you also willing to live for them?
3. Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud
The Screaming Staircase is the first in a series of five books written by Jonathan Stroud. I loved reading about Lucy Carlyle; the clever psychic investigator, Anthony Lockwood; the boy with a mysterious past and a creaky house and George Cubbins; the always-hungry assistant. Together, these three form Lockwood and Co., one of Britain’s most effective ghost-hunting agencies. At the height of the ghost epidemic, only children are able to see them, but everyone is afraid of them. Armed with magnesium flares, iron chains, silver rapiers, and a thermos of tea, Lockwood and Co. must investigate the deadliest hauntings before the dead take more lives. If you enjoy these books, make sure to check out some of Stroud’s other novels.
4. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Three best friends have been inseparable since childhood, until suddenly, there are only two. Freddie’s death causes Lydia, his fiancée, and Jonah, his best friend, to drift apart. Lydia finds herself bouncing between two lives. One, where she is struggling with grief, and another, where Freddie is alive and well. Lydia struggles to balance herself between her two lives, until she figures out that one life needs her and the other life is only holding her back. This novel can be tear-provoking and it certainly had me crying.
5. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
This sci-fi novel tells the story of six best friends who were the cool kids, the teenagers who had it all. That is, until Jim dies. Jim, the creative genius, the songwriter, the silly best friend and the caring boyfriend. One year after his death, the five remaining friends are visited by a strange old man who explains that time has stopped, and they are stuck living the same day over and over again. Beatrice, Whitley, Cannon, Kip, and Martha have to unravel the mysterious circumstances of Jim’s death in order to finally leave the neverworld wake and return life to normal. But can they ever return to normal after what they learn?
If you are interested in reading any of these, you may want to check out a local bookstore and see if they are open for delivery. It is a great way to support them through the pandemic. Have fun reading!