If there’s one thing all of us teens can agree on, it’s that there is little to do during this quarantine. It has been a month and we’re running out of ways to occupy our time. Maybe you are looking for a story to get lost in: an epic fantasy or a space adventure to leave this world behind, a cute romance to distract you, or even a dystopian to help you prepare for the impending apocalypse. I’m here to help book the rest of your “quarancation” and I’ll even help you navigate library apps like Libby by Overdrive and Hoopla!
1. The Selection by Kiera Cass (audiobook on Hoopla, ebook on Libby)
The Selection is a futuristic take on The Bachelor. Thirty-five lucky girls get the chance of a lifetime to compete for Prince Maxon Schreaves’s heart. America Singer doesn’t care though; she is perfectly content with her secret boyfriend. With a little help from a bribe from her mother, America is sent off to the palace to compete for the crown and the hand of a boy she doesn’t want.
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (audiobook on Hoopla, ebook on Libby)
Juliette Ferrars is dangerous. A monster. A murderer. Juliette has a paralyzing and lethal touch that drains the energy of living things. She has been locked up for 264 days, completely alone. That all changes when she gets a cellmate named Adam. Soon after, Juliette is offered her freedom in exchange for the use of her power to torture prisoners. She takes the deal and begins to work with the dangerous son of the Supreme Commander.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth (audiobook on both, ebook on Libby)
Five factions. Five core virtues. Honest Candor, intelligent Erudite, peaceful Amity, selfless Abnegation, and daring Dauntless. At the Choosing Ceremony, every sixteen year old decides which faction they will devote their lives to. Beatrice “Tris” Prior decides to leave her family behind and embrace who she truly is. She is thrown into a dangerous and competitive initiation to earn her place, but for Tris it’s even more dangerous because she has a secret, and that secret can mean her death.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (audiobook on both, ebook on Libby)
Fame and fortune for the winner. Death for everyone else. In Panem, children between twelve and eighteen are at risk. Every year, one male and one female from each district are sent to the Capitol to compete in a televised fight to the death. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister’s name is called, she doesn’t hesitate to volunteer in her place. Peeta Mellark, the male tribute was Katniss’s former classmate who saved her from near death. Now Katniss has to decide which is more important, her own survival or the survival of her “star-crossed love.”
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Thomas: his name. That’s the only thing he remembers when he wakes up in the metal elevator. When he arrives in the Glade, he learns that that’s the only thing any of the boys remember, their names. Beyond the Glade is a big stone maze that’s always changing. No one has ever made it through alive, but it’s the only way out. One day later, a girl arrives, the first and only, and everything changes.
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (ebook on Libby)
Master assassin Celaena Sardothien has been serving in the salt mines for her crimes for a year. But now she has been offered a chance for freedom, on one condition. She has to agree to be Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard’s champion in his father’s competition. If she wins, she will serve as the king’s royal assassin for four years before receiving her freedom. Celaena is the only woman in the competition and she quickly begins to bond with her trainer, the captain of the guard, Chaol Westfall, and the Crown Prince. When her competitors begin turning up dead, Celaena must find the killer before she’s next.
2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (ebook on Libby)
The Shadow Fold is a stretch of impenetrable darkness full of human-eating monsters that splits the country of Ravka apart. It wasn’t always there; it was created by the Black Heretic hundreds of years ago. Alina Starkov and her best friend Malyen Oretsev are about to cross the Fold with their regiment and the help of the Grisha, people with the ability to manipulate the elements. When they enter the Fold, they are attacked by its monsters. When Mal is injured, Alina reveals an extraordinary dormant Grisha power that could save their country. She is whisked off to the royal court with the powerful and mysterious Darkling to train her powers.
3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook on Hoopla)
Think of this book as a spoof on Harry Potter, except Simon Snow is much more incompetent. Half of the time he can’t get his wand to work, and the other half of the time he’s setting something on fire. As if his life couldn’t get any worse, his mentor ignores him, his girlfriend just broke up with him, and there is a monster sucking up magic wearing Simon’s face. To top it all off, his roommate and nemesis, Basilton “Baz” Grimm-Pitch, couldn’t be bothered to show up for their final year of school. Not that Simon cared, even though Baz was a jerk and probably a vampire and probably up to something.
4. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (audiobook on Hoopla)
Paris, France 1899, right before the Exposition Universelle. A world that functions on a magic called forging that allows users to create almost anything. A group of thieves and treasure hunters: Leader Séverin, engineer Zofia, inventor Tristan, actress Laila, historian Enrique, and employer Hypnos. Hypnos employs the group to retrieve an item, but things don’t go quite as planned. Think of this book as a kind of Ocean’s 11 set in Paris during the Gilded Age.
5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
When Clary Fray and her best friend Simon Lewis go to the Pandemonium Club, they don’t expect to see a murder. Except, Simon didn’t see it, only Clary did. And the murderers were covered in strange tattoos, and the body disappeared without a trace. She later discovers that the murderers weren’t actually murderers, but rather Shadowhunters: half-angel half-human demon hunters. Clary is pulled into their world after her mother disappears and she is attacked by a demon. But why is Clary, a normal human, able to see these things all of a sudden?
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (ebook on Libby)
Told through hacked documents, emails, schematics, interviews, IMs, and military files, Kady Grant thought breaking up with her boyfriend, Ezra Mason, would be the worst thing she would ever go through. She thought wrong. The newly broken up couple has to fight their way to the evacuating fleet in the middle of an invasion with enemy fire raining down on them. There is also an enemy warship chasing them down, and a terrifying mutating disease threatening the passengers. Oh, and the fleet’s AI might be their biggest threat.
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (ebook on Libby)
No disease, no hunger, no war, no death: a perfect world. Scythes are the only ones who can end life; they control the population of the world. When Citra Terranova is visited by a scythe, she assumes that he is there to kill one of her family members. But no, he only wants dinner, and to kill her neighbor. When Rowan Damisch’s school is visited by the scythe, he tries to support the boy being killed. Citra and Rowan are chosen as the scythe’s apprentices; a job neither wants. They will have to master the art of taking a life or risk losing their own.
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (audiobook on both, ebook on Libby)
In New Beijing, humans and androids crowd the streets. A deadly plague is sweeping through their population. Letumosis, or the “Blue Fever”, a terrible disease with no cure, which was started by the ruthless lunar people. Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, is a poor second class citizen. She is hated by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister catching the dreaded plague. Her life quickly becomes intertwined with those in the palace, and something is brewing between her and the handsome Prince Kai. Cinder is thrown into a world of intergalactic politics, and she must uncover secrets about herself to protect her world.
4. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (audiobook on Hoopla)
Androma Racella, aka the “Bloody Baroness”, a mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. Her and her crew make their home on a glass spaceship called the Marauder. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl Marauder crew find themselves at the mercy of a bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Andi is drawn back into the life she tried to leave behind to help stop her galaxy from being ripped apart by a vengeful ruler.
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
In the year 2044, the world sucks. The only escape is to a virtual reality utopia called the OASIS. Teenager Wade Watts, screen name Parzival, spends his time studying the puzzles left behind that lead to power and fortune. Wade discovers the first clue and finds himself competing against others who are willing to kill to win. If Wade wants to survive, he’ll have to win himself.
1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco ($9.35 on Amazon)
Audrey Rose Wadworth is a seventeen-year-old girl living in Victorian England. She is a lord’s daughter and lives a life of wealth and privilege. However, she lives a secret life against her father’s wishes and society’s expectations. She studies forensic medicine at her uncle’s laboratory. When the bodies begin to show up, Audrey Rose and her uncle’s student, Thomas, are drawn into the investigation. How will they stop one of the world’s most renowned serial killers?
2. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver ($10.99 on Amazon)
Mia, Brynn, and Summer were best friends, that is until Summer was brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn did it, but they didn’t. The town thinks they were motivated by their obsession with The Way into Lovelorn. The girls had always imagined themselves in the fantasy world where their fantasies became twisted and dangerous. Five years after Summer’s death, Mia and Brynn are pulled back together and they must figure out what really happened all those years ago.
3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Five students, one detention: Bronwyn, the brain, Addy, the beauty, Cooper, the athlete, Nate, the criminal, and Simon, the outcast. Simon is the creator of the school’s gossip app, and he doesn’t make it out of the room. The investigators say it wasn’t an accident, as the next day he was planning to release juicy gossip on the other four students. All four are suspects, so who did it?
4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Lo Blacklock was just given the chance of a lifetime. She gets to write a travel magazine article after a week-long luxury cruise. Lo thinks the cruise will be the perfect way to cope with her paranoia after being robbed. That is until she hears a scream and a splash on her first night. She thinks someone was thrown overboard but all of the passengers are accounted for and the cruise goes on as planned. Lo thinks something terrible has happened, but no one believes her.
5. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte ($8.99 on Amazon)
Karalie Corrington seems harmless but she is one of her country’s most skilled thieves. When she steals a comm disk from Varin, she sees Quadara’s four queens brutally murdered. But the queen’s are all still alive. Varin and Karalie are forced to join forces to save their queens. Hoping to find the original recipient of the plan, they embark on an adventure to save their queens and their own lives.
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Lara Jean Covey has never openly admitted her crushes. Instead, she wrote a letter to each one about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a hatbox under her bed. Somehow, her letters got out, and she doesn’t know how. Her past crushes know and begin to confront her. Lara Jean and her first kiss, Peter Kavinsky, now have to pretend to date. But is something actually brewing between them?
2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston ($6.99 on Amazon)
Elle Wittimer loves Starfield, the old science fiction series she used to watch with her father. When she finds out about the cosplay contest for the movie reboot, she decides she has to enter. If she wins, she’ll get a meet and greet with the actor playing the Federation Prince: teen heartthrob, Darien Freeman. He used to love going to conventions, but that was before he was famous. Now that the fandom has written him off as another dumb heartthrob, he just feels like a fake, until someone shows him otherwise.
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Cath is a fangirl, she is obsessed with the Simon Snow series. Her and her sister Wren loved the series growing up, especially since it helped them get through their mom leaving. Wren has left the fandom but Cath can’t let go. As she heads into her freshman year of college, she is all alone. Her sister doesn’t even want to be her roommate. She’s stuck with a cynical and sarcastic roommate and a professor who hates fanfiction. How will she survive alone?
4. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio ($9.49 on Amazon)
Shane Primaveri is a pre-med student and has perfect grades. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. She has no friends and goes home every weekend. So she decides to try again in a different country. Shane signs up for a study abroad program in London. She is going to accomplish all of the things she didn’t in the States: she’ll make friends, go after boys, and find adventure. The problem: she’s never done anything like this before and she might be too far out of her comfort zone.
5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (ebook and audiobook on Libby)
Cadence Sinclair Eastman is the eldest grandchild of Harris Sinclair. Their family spends their summers on their family island. Cadence, her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil. The summer where Cadence was fifteen, she suffered a head injury. She only remembers that she hit her head in the water but she lost almost all of her other memories. Two years later she returns to the island, but her cousins and Gat won’t talk about what happened before her injury. So what really happened?
Accessing these books is fairly simple. All you need is a phone or computer and a library card. If you don’t have a library card, go to this website and fill out the google form. Once you download the apps or go to the websites and create an account, you will be able to borrow books and audiobooks. Mrs. Goraieb reminds everyone to open their hearts to new ideas and explore new things.
Mrs. Goraieb’s recommendations
Pandemic/ Quarantine Books:
The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Rabbit by Patricia Williams
Educated by Tara Westover
Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Coming of Age:
Where the Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
WWII Historical Fiction:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
More Historical Fiction with a slavery theme:
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Mrs. Goraieb’s other favorites:
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon