Best Books IV. – For Classics

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Summary: Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where they scrutinize human actions with a “Big Brother” watching them. Defying the ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with someone.

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Summary: This story takes place during the Great Depression. The main protagonist is Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine throughout the course of the novel.

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Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Summary: Pride and Prejudice follows through the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and the gentleman Fitzwilliam Darcy, a landowner. They must overcome their very own Pride and Prejudice in order to fall in love and marry.

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Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Summary: It is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. This novel tells of the story of Guy Montag, a fireman that questions the book burning policy and undergoes extreme suffering and transformation as a result.

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Title: The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summary: This novel tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved when he was a younger man. Told in the point of view of someone else, however, it goes through the motions of an unreliable narrator.

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Notable Mentions:

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Slaughter House-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Best Books II. – For LGTBQIA+

Amazon.com: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (9780062348685): Albertalli,  Becky: Books

Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Summary: This novel features Simon Spier, a not so openly gay sixteen year old who prefers to save his drama for the musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at major risk. Simon now has to find a way to navigate out of his comfort zone without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or his shot with happiness with a guy he’s never even met.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Title: Red, White, & Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Summary: Alex Claremont-Diaz, promptly casted as the American equivalent of a young royal when his mother becomes the President of the United States. There’s only one problem: Alex has a problem with the actual prince, Henry, across the world. When the tabloids get hold of a photo involving Alex and Henry’s altercation, the U.S. and British relations take a turn for the worse. A enemies turned lovers story that starts off as a fake friendship that grows deeper.

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Amazon.com: Carry On (Simon Snow Series, 1) (9781250135025): Rowell,  Rainbow: Books

Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: A ghost, love, and mystery story all rolled into one. The novel features Simon, the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen as his roommate Baz says. Simon can’t make his wand work and ends up lighting something on fire. His mentor is avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s monsters running amuck. Baz would normally have a field day with this, if he was there. Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author(s): John Green & David Levithan

Summary: Two teens with the same name meet in the most unlikely corner of Chicago, on a cold night. In two different social circles find themselves going in new and unexpected directions. Told in alternating voices from both Will Grayson and Will Grayson, this novel features a double helping of heart and humor.

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Amazon.com: You Should See Me in a Crown (9781338503265): Johnson, Leah:  Books

Title: You Should See me in a Crown

Author: Leah Johnson

Summary: This novel features Liz Lighty, a young woman who believes she is too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich town. When the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plan come to a close. Until she is reminded that her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen exist. She’s willing to do whatever it takes in order to get into her dream school. The only thing that makes it bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. However, Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams? Or will it make her dreams come true instead?

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Notable Mentions:

What if it’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

If I was your Girl – Meredith Russo

Leah off the Beat – Becky Albertalli

Lies We Tells Ourselves – Robin Talley

I’ll Give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Annie on my Mind – Nancy Garden

Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

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Author Spotlight I. – Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

Title: Mockingston Faire

Author: Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

Summary: 

Three friends — Victoria Hughes, Jack Zhang, and Ludvig Gerald — attend Mockingston Faire, an annual convention where fans meet their friends and favourite characters, buy and sell art, play games, and have a good time. Victoria wants to see Gunfighter III, her anticipated game, and reconcile with Ludvig over what she did last year; Jack wants to get as many pictures of his dearest characters and personalities; and Ludvig just wants to keep away from annoying fans and events who constantly forced him to become an amateur actor.

But the Faire itself has its own challenges. Everywhere they go, they seem to be unable to evade the malcontents of pop culture. From violent brawls between bitter fandoms, to nuisances who hound their every step, the whole Faire seems to descend into chaos.

Can these three make it through this dysfunctional festival with their friends in one piece? Or will they succumb to the surrounding rage, losing their sanity and reputation in the process?

Mockingston Faire, Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

Book Review on Mockingston Faire:

This novel is filled with heartfelt comedy about three young friends that find themselves in sticky and humorous situations. Victoria Hughes, Jack Zhang, and Ludvig Gerald attend the Mockingston Faire an annual convention where fans have the ability to meet their friends and favorite characters. I found this novel to be funny; laughing throughout many points of the story between the characters and the situations they got into during the faire. As the faire goes descends into chaos these three try their hardest to make it through the chaos and try to keep their sanity.

The writing flowed nicely! It’s clear that the author made sure to double even triple check their written work before publishing. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters and the wacky shenanigans they get up to during the faire. From Victoria’s constant selfies to Ludvig’s battles bringing out a chainsaw from a sheath you’ll absolutely love the way these characters interact with one another and other characters in the story. In this humorous tale full of twists and turns, you’ll want to keep turning the page until the very end.

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