By Ashtyn Britt
As we are all forced to remain inside for the better of humanity, it is certainly fair to say that there has been a severe increase in time to catch up on some reading. While most bookstores and libraries will not let you enter in order to gain anything new to read, there is always the chance for a good reread! During this quarantine, I have personally picked the following five.
- Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
The long awaited sequel to Carry On was a very wonderful answer to the “What now?” question after the hero’s chosen one journey was completed in the first novel, as well as setting up the third one for Rainbow Rowell’s loyal fans. For those of you who enjoy LGBTQ+ storylines and worlds of wizardry, I highly recommend this book!
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I will admit that rewatching the Netflix movies based on this series is what led me to reread it, and I am glad I did it. There is a beautiful romanticism in Jenny Han’s work that is really easy to get sucked into. Even though I do enjoy the movie, the book was by far a deeper and overall better experience. For those of you who enjoy a good old-fashioned romantic comedy, this book is a wonderful choice!
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
The Hollow Kingdom is a lesser-known gem by far, but a personal favorite. The Hollow Kingdom follows Kate, a young woman who makes a deal to marry the Goblin King in exchange for him saving her sister from a kidnapper. What makes this book compelling is the world building within it of how Goblin and human interactions work. You will enjoy this novel if you enjoy storylines about building relationships and secret worlds.
- Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Ever is a story following a young woman named Kezi, who falls in love with an immortal God named Olus. The issue is however, Kezi has been designated to be sacrificed. So now the two must find a way in order to save her life so that they may be together. Ever is a great book for you if you are interested in mythology and romances, and definitely delivers on the originality.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures tells the story of Ethan, a young man who falls in love with a witch he had been literally dreaming about for months. As he becomes more involved in her world, he discovers a dark curse will take her on her sixteenth birthday and may leave her evil. The two set out on an adventure then, attempting to break the curse. This is a very wonderfully written book with a bit of a southern charm that makes it great for a stormy night in!