Staff Picks Best Reads of the Year

These books are critically acclaimed and some have even been New York Times best sellers!
These books are critically acclaimed and some have even been New York Times best sellers!

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.”

-Levi Jiorle
Managing Editor

“Mr. Mercedes”
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.”

-Samantha Werkheiser

“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
Managing Editor

“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.”

-Charlese Freeman
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.”

-Edita Bardhi
Opinion Editor

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.”

-Michael Chintalan
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.”

-Kathleen Kraemer
Former Editor-In-Chief

“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.

-Yaasmeen Piper
A&E Editor

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