Brynn Sumers, cub reporter

Reading is one of the best ways to spend your time in Quarantine. Reading allows you to get out of this terrible world and venture into a new one full of mystery, love, and possibly, dragons. I have compiled a list of my top 10 books to read during Quarantine. 

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This is the book that I just finished and I’m about to move on to the sequel. I really enjoyed this book. It is the perfect book if you just need to get out of our current situation and fall into the world of weep. Strange the Dreamer has the perfect blend of dream vs reality and is such a fantastical read that it will take your breath away. 


“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.”


Strange the Dreamer is all about a young librarian who dreams about going to Weep, also known as the forgotten city, and finding out what really happened there. His chance finally arrives when Eril-Fane, the Godslayer, comes to the library where he works. When he finally arrives in Weep, he finds out that everything is not what it seems including strange girls who visit his dreams. Weep is a place where more and more mysteries unravel about what happened to the Gods who used to rule it, where has the city’s real name gone, and how can they return the sky to the citizens. 



  • Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas


Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors of all time. I will read anything that she writes. This is her newest release. It was actually released like a week or so before we went into Quarantine. Anyway, this might be my favorite book of SJM’s. This book is so intricate and complex. I really loved the characters and their relationships that they had with one another. My favorite thing about this book is the way that Sarah J. Maas dealt with grief. I could really feel the character’s pain which made it a more impactful read. I will highly recommend this book. Plus, it’s 800 pages long, so it will last you a long time which is good for Quarantine. 


“Bound by blood. Tempted by desire. Unleashed by destiny.”


This book is about a half-fae, half-human who starts working with a fallen angel to solve the mystery of her best friend’s murder. The problem is that it’s kind of hard to solve when there’s a demon wreaking havoc in your city. Throughout this book, Bryce and Hunt will try to solve this mystery while discovering secrets about their city (Crescent City) that could change everything. Crescent City is full of angels, demons, and other fantastical creatures. I really think that no one will regret reading this book. 


  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is my favorite classic book. I love all of the themes regarding friendship and family. This is a book that makes me happy anytime I read it. I feel like in the face of this crisis, Little Women is a book that can help calm people and make them happy even when the world is falling apart. It’s just such a nice and comforting read. I don’t really know how best to explain it, but it gives me a really warm feeling whenever I read it. Plus, it’s a relatively long book which is good when you’re stuck in Quarantine. 


“Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.”


Little Women follows the story of four young women who are trying to survive in a world where their father is fighting in a war and illnesses are spreading. The author based this book off of her own life even though Little Women is a work of fiction. This makes the story more true and real (still fiction though) because these things actually happened or could have happened to the author because she was living at this time. This book really talks about personal struggles that a lot of people from that time faced while bringing in a beautiful story about sisters and family relationships. 


  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is one of the best series that I have ever read. The world is so intricate and detailed which makes it more interesting for me to read. What I really like about this series is how the world expands beyond the books. I do think that the author might be taking it a little too far by giving us unnecessary information, but it still makes the world feel more real when you learn about stuff that’s happening out of the book’s plot. Plus, the characters feel so real and I just love all of them. Honestly, words can’t describe how good this series is. Everyone needs to read it. Quarantine is the perfect time to pick up this series if you haven’t already. 


“Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.”


Harry Potter is the story about a boy who lives a miserable life until one day, he receives a letter that tells him the truth about him being a wizard. He is whisked away from his aunt and uncle’s house to go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While he is there, he makes new friends and discovers new mysteries about this world that he’s only just become a part of. 



  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Of course, if we’re talking about Harry Potter, we have to talk about Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Carry On is a book that was the title of a fanfiction that the main character wrote in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The fanfiction was for a fictional series called Simon Snow which is about a mage (wizard) at Watford which is a school for mages. Rainbow Rowell decided to write her version of the Simon Snow universe which reminds me of Harry Potter. This book is just a fun and silly read. It reads with the lightness as if you were reading a fanfiction which is really fun. I always say that this book is a Harry Potter fanfiction if Draco was a vampire and Draco + Harry were gay. That’s how I describe this book and I feel like that’s all you really need. 


“Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story, but far, far more monsters.”


  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

This is one of my favorite fantasy books because the plot is so complicated and intricate which makes it feel more real. The plot is also really creative as well. There’s an aspect with the switching timelines that I really enjoyed. I love seeing how the two storylines intertwined and connected with each other. That was probably the most interesting thing about this book. I feel like if you’re someone who enjoys really complicated plots and books that deal with two different perspectives than you would really enjoy this book. It will definitely be worth your read. Plus, there’s a sequel which will be good for Quarantine. That’s two 500 page novels to read that are so epic and beautiful reads. 


“The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world… or doom it.” 


This book is about two girls who live a thousand years apart. One of the girls, Rielle, reveals herself as the Sun Queen, which is a part of a prophecy where there is a queen of light and a queen of blood. The queen of light will save the world while the queen of blood will doom the world. Rielle is put through various trials to prove that she is actually the sun queen. A thousand years later, Eliana lives in a world where the story of Rielle, the blood queen, is a fairytale. Eliana joins a rebel captain to help her find her mother after she vanishes. Eliana soon discovers that the empire is full of more evil mysteries than she ever would have imagined. 


  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This book series is a fairytale retelling of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. For me, personally, I love fairytale retellings, so this series was really appealing to me. But when I read the plot, I was a little confused as to how the whole cyborg thing was going to play out and fit as a Cinderella retelling. After reading this book, I think it worked pretty well and it was a fantastic read. It blends sci-fi and fantasy into one giant Sci-fantasy book. I don’t read a lot of Sci-fi, but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book/series and would recommend it to anyone who likes fairytales. There’s four books in the series, if you don’t count the short stories, so it’s the perfect series to binge during the quarantine. 


“Humans and Androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move.”


The first book in this series, Cinder, is about a young cyborg named Cinder who is a mechanic blamed for her stepsister’s illness by her stepmother. Her life is suddenly entangled with Prince Kai when she is sold to the cyborg draft to be tested for a cure for the plague. Throughout this book, Cinder reveals secrets regarding the lunars who plan to take over and she is caught with a forbidden attraction. 


  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Like I said before, Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors of all time. This has to be one of my favorite series. I love everything about this world and the characters are wonderful. The thing that I like the most about these books, and really all of SJM’s books, is about how with each book, the story gets more and more complicated. You don’t even realize it until you read the rest of the series, but the first book’s conflict is very minor compared to the other books in the series. I just love how everything is connected within these books and how everything seems to be planned out from the very first line of the very first book. It’s just so intricate which makes it a really fantastic read. 


“Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”


Throne of Glass is the story about Celaena Sardothien, an assassin, who is pulled out of prison by the Crown Prince, Dorian. Prince Dorian offers her freedom if she will agree to participate in a competition to find a new royal assassin as his champion. Celaena must beat her competitors in four trials in order to win the title and her freedom. Things get more interesting when some of her competitors start turning up dead. It’s a murder mystery filled with romance and who wouldn’t love that? 



  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This book is one of the most interesting and complex fantasy books I’ve ever read. It’s also the first African inspired fantasy book I’ve ever read. I loved the characters in this book and the female relationship in this book was really powerful. I loved seeing the fierce loyalty that the characters have with each other. The magic system in this book was also really interesting and creative. Honestly, this is just an epic fantasy book that is any fantasy lover’s dream. 


“They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise.” 


Zélie’s mother was killed when magic mysteriously disappeared. Now that Zélie has one more chance to bring magic back, she is willing to risk it all. She and a rogue princess try to escape the crown prince who wants to eradicate magic for good. The land of Orisha is in danger and Zélie must learn to control her newfound powers and her growing feelings for the enemy. 



  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is another book that I just finished. I really enjoyed this book. The world and the characters were really creative. I love everything about it. It’s a pretty short read. Only like 350 pages, which is shorter than the rest of the books on this page. This book surprised me in many ways which I can’t reveal, obviously, because that would be considered a spoiler. I don’t really have much to say about this book, but it’s a solid read. I’m planning to read the rest of the books in the trilogy soon. 


“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.”


Alina Starkov is an orphan who reveals a dormant power to save her friend who gets attacked in the Shadow Fold. This power could be the key to destroying the Shadow Fold once and for all. Alina is put under protection at the castle as she learns about its many secrets regarding the Grisha that inhabit it. Once learning the truth, Alina must decide whether she wants to use her powers to save the world or destroy it. What will she choose?