February is weird because it is the second month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the second-to-last month of winter; the month that despite it’s only having 28 days somehow seems to drag on and on in cold ambiguity.
Luckily, we’ve selected a bunch of fantastic books to engage your consciousness so that before you know it, spring will be just over the horizon! Remember to help yourselves to any of the books on this list, which as always come from a variety of genres and reading levels.
Young Warriors by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman
This book is an anthology compiled by two great authors. It is a collection of fantastical tales of young people showing strength. If you feel yourself in need of some inspiration to get you through the last part of winter, this book will give you the relief your adventurous heart is yearning for.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
This is hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy is sure to please you as we approach Valentine’s Day. Don, the main character, likes his life to be orderly and doesn’t like taking risks. He suffers from an unfortunate lack of social skills, but he finds love in Rosie, a wildly different woman who pushes him out of his comfort zone, as he helps her search for her missing father.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
This book is an inspiring story about Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who has a very particular view of the world around him. Then one day his neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, and Christopher takes on the role of a detective to figure out what happened.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The start of the new semester is a great time for you to go back and read a classic – or if this is your first time reading it, enjoy this treat! Fahrenheit 451 is the dystopian tale of everyone’s worst nightmare – a world without books. Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn them. Poetic, striking and important, his story will both entertain you and make you reflect about the value of art.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Charlie is a mentally disabled man who is being subjected to experimentation in a series of studies to increase his intelligence. The same treatments are being given to Algernon, a lab mouse. When Charlie’s intelligence begins to accelerate beyond what anyone had imagined was possible, everyone is thrilled – until Algernon begins to deteriorate unexpectedly. What will happen to Charlie?
Watchmen by Alan Moore
This brilliant graphic novel tells the story of what happens to superheroes when they begin to suffer from failures that seem to be uncomfortably akin to those of humble mortals. This book talks about humanity and questions what it truly means to be a superhero, all the while never ceasing to entertain.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Boys in the Boat tells about the incredible true story of the American rowing team in the 1936 Olympics, who came from humble beginnings to defeat the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler in Berlin. The book takes content from the athlete’s journals, letters, photographs and interviews to create this great account of their experience.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
This is darkly funny yet serious graphic novel is filled with Gothic illustrations that perfectly balance its storyline. Alison is growing up in an old Victorian house and feels disconnected from her father, who is an English teacher, closeted homosexual, and director of a funeral home. This is an ironic memoir about family and what our childhood experiences mean for us later in life.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
If you like action, romance and/or sarcastic narrators, this is the book for you! The Princess Bride is a nail-biting, hilarious read for people of any age. Westley is on a heroic quest to save Buttercup, in a world full of places and characters that will draw you in immediately. Never was a tale of love quite so sarcastically witty.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
An amazingly chilling and well-written book, Tenth of December is a beautiful collection of short stories that eloquently discuss serious subject matter. It will leave you dazed and contemplating long after you have finished.
Warning: this book includes some graphic content.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Set in a magical British world, this book follows the story of Sabriel, the daughter of the magically gifted Abhorsen, who has the power to enter the land of death and command its spirits. This is the first book in a series, so be ready for a long ride!
Pale by Chris Wooding
This creepy book describes what happens in a world where people can be brought back from the dead – but at a price. People who have been resurrected with the Lazarus Serum have been changed. They are called Pales, and they are labeled as outcasts forever. This story will challenge your perspective on mortality.
Happy reading, and we will see you in March!