By The Stroud Courier Staff
“All the Light We Cannot See”
by Anthony Doerr
This historical novel surrounds a blind French girl and collides with a German boy and together they try to survive the devastation of World War II.
“I thought the writer was really good with imagery. I like that it took certain characters and followed them from childhood to adulthood.”
by Stephen King
“Mr. Mercedes” follows Bill Hodges, a retired cop, who is haunted by an unsolved murder. He gets a letter by someone who identifies as “perk” and threatens with a diabolical attack.
“I love the plot and it’s a series about a serial killer. Two of my favorite things.”
“Let the Right One In”
by John Ajvvide Lindqvist
In a 1981 suburban town in Sweden, the body of a teenage boy is found drained of blood. The locals believe it was part of a ritual. For Twelve-year-old Oskar, the only thing on his mind is the new girl next door who only seems to come out at night.
“It was a lot different than anything that I have ever read. It had a lot of characters but the author developed them very well.”
-Kayla M. Sutter
“Full Dark, No Stars”
by Stephen King
This short story collection features four short stories. The first story called “1922” follows the murder of a man’s wife and the tragic events that follow.
“It was mostly because of the first story in the book. It was an amazing opener. It was so evil and twisted and suspenseful.”
Student Life Editor
“A Window Opens”
by Elisabeth Egan
This book follows Alice Pearse and her many roles (mother of three, daughter, wife, dog-owner, part-time editor, etc.) and how she balances that and deals with the obstacles that come in her way. “The story was very relatable, I and anyone could relate to it. It showed that although you do fall down, that does not mean that, that is the end. If you wait long enough there is always something. A window opens.”
by Franz Kafka
This classic is about a hardworking businessman who turns into a cockroach. “I like it because it sends a message about society’s materialistic views and how we don’t appreciate what we have and our families. Even though it was written a long time ago it still applies to modern society.”
Assistant A&E Editor
“A Certain Slant of Light”
by Laura Whitcomb
“It was a fresh take on a ghost story. They would take over bodies of people who were depressed. It was interesting book and it was an interesting concept. It was a different take on a ghost story that I haven’t heard before.”
“All the Ugly and Wonderful Things”
by Bryn Greenwood
This novel is about Wavy, the daughter of a meth dealer, who is struggling to take care of her younger siblings and parents. She befriends her father’s best friend, the kind-hearted Kellen. As the two struggle with the chaos of their world, their feelings grow more intense for each other and it begins a shocking love story. “I think the reason I love this story was because I wasn’t supposed to love it. The age between the two made it such a taboo topic but Greenwood made it work.
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