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Books to read during the winter

As winter is closing in and the weather is too bitter for outdoor fun, there is nothing better to do then curl up by the fire with a good book in hand and a cup of hot chocolate in the other. Looking for a good book is not exactly the easiest thing to do, so here are some suggestions for a great winter read.

 

 

“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

This is a novel about a boy named Finch and a girl named Violet. The plot begins when the two meet on top of the bell tower both threatening to end their lives. Finch is fascinated by death and Violet is grieving the death of her sister. The unlikely pair go on amazing adventures for happiness through a school project. This novel contains humor, heartbreak, adventure and sadness. This book will provoke tears and laughter.

 

“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

This novel is about a teen named Aza who suffers from anxiety and severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When a family friend of Aza’s goes missing, Aza’s best friend Daisy, was inspired to find him. The reward for information that leads to his return is worth a $100 thousand.  The book sums up what it is like to live a life with a mental illness.

“It’s very painful to read, but it’s very powerful,” librarian Shannon Grieshaber said. “The writing is outstanding, so it’s also sweet and funny, but it’s not the same kind of sweet and funny as ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. It’s excellent.”

 

“Little Monsters” by Kara Thomas

This murder mystery is about a new girl named Kacey who becomes best friends with two girls, Bailey and Jade. Kacey’s friends start acting strange. Bailey and Jade even ditched her to go to the biggest party of the year. The night of that very party, Bailey is murdered. Everyone turns on Kacey and start questioning her.

“It’s creepy and it’s crazy, and I loved it,” librarian Nina O’Daniels said.

 

Reading is always a good way to spend free time during the winter. Not only are you keeping your mind active, but the world around you especially the bitter cold. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a good book to enjoy this winter season.

 

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