The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

So it took about 5 million people telling me to read this for me to actually read this. Hopefully, it just takes you one–because it is just that good. Don’t wait for 5 million people to tell you.

The Darkest Minds is exactly what dystopian should be–a smart commentary about our society today and how it could easily succumb to something like putting children into brutal camps. Ruby is a fantastic character to follow behind and I love love love this book.


Winger by Andrew Smith

I am super obsessed with this book right now. If you haven’t read it, you need to. Seriously. I’m super super obsessed.

Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior. Yes, you read that correctly. He also plays rugby.

Both of these things are rather uncommon. And yet, Ryan Dean West is an effortlessly relatable character. Andrew Smith’s writing is accompanied by illustrations–comics and commentary on Ryan Dean’s life drawn by RDW himself (actually drawn by Sam Bosma).

Go read it. Now. Do it.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

I don’t exactly know how to describe The Falconer. Let me start by saying that I adore it. It has an extremely rich Scottish setting (which is always a plus) and is about a girl hellbent on avenging her mother’s death by a faerie. It is different, it is remarkable, and it is one of my favorite books of this year. I am eagerly awaiting book two!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will love this.

If you didn’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will still love this.

Laurel is given an assignment to write a letter to a dead person. She chooses Kurt Cobain for one reason–he died young, just like her sister May. While she never turns in her assignment, she continues writing letters to Cobain, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and many more–working through the issues in her life through these letters. Dellaira’s debut is a wonder–I can’t recommend this book more.

Proxy by Alex London

In Syd’s world, if you’re in debt, you have a patron. And when that patron does something wrong, it’s you who takes the punishment. And when Syd’s patron Knox gets into a car accident that kills the girl he’s with, it’s Syd who is sentenced to death. And when he escapes, he runs into Knox–his patron. And Knox finds out that the girl killed in the car accident never died…

In this great dystopian novel, Alex London provides a fantastic read for anyone of any age. With characters that are dynamic and a story that is enthralling, Proxy is one you do NOT want to miss!

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

9780143124870A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
(pub. 2/13)

This novel is rather a masterpiece I think. Ruth lives on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest and discovers Nao’s barnacle-encrusted diary in a plastic bag, fresh out of the surf–special delivery from Japan. The diary winds the two together inextricably, as if tangled in seaweed, along with the reader. What is the meaning of Nao? And how are we all “time beings”?

Sue B. – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville