Alex I's picks (RHS Class of 2020)

By Books on the Common

By Books on the Common

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

$14.95 $13.75

I really enjoyed reading this book and I love Toni Morrison‘s writing style. She writes such an incredible and yet untold story while focusing on the critical issues of the time. The book focuses on a little girl named Pecola and her longing desire to have white skin, blonde hair, and gorgeous blue eyes. It helps the reader come to terms with how harsh the consequences of racism were even for a young girl during the 1940s. I may have cried a few times while reading, but I couldn’t put it down and I highly recommend.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

J. D. Vance

$16.99 $15.63

I really enjoyed reading this memoir because it tells the truthful story of what it’s like to be an Irish American immigrant. The Vance family came to the United States to live out the American dream, but they soon learn this comes with great difficulty. The book is brilliantly written and guides the reader to understand the reality of what it’s like to struggle and face discrimination in a nation that claims to be the land of the free.

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie

$15.99 $14.71

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was truly such an engaging mystery plot. Ten people are invited to Soldier Island by a mysterious character, and the guests find themselves in a dangerous situation as they watch each other get picked off one by one according to an old nursery rhyme. The unexpected was always around the corner and the twists and turns are never ending. If you like a good mystery read, I would highly recommend reading this book.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J. K. Rowling and Mary Grandpré

$10.99 $10.11

I read the entire Harry Potter series when I was in fourth grade and I continue to recognize them as my favorite book series of all time. This particular book was my favorite out of the series just because of the plot and how interesting and twisted it was. Even though Harry Potter is known as more of a middle reader series, I don’t think anyone is too old for a bit of magic.

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

$16.00 $14.72

I absolutely loved this mystery read. It’s a thriller novel and it focuses on three women and their connection to one man. When one of them goes missing, the story starts to unfold and the women soon learn that they are not the only ones he was involved with. The story was very engaging and I enjoyed reading it and then getting to watch the movie adaptation featuring the amazing actress, Emily Blunt.

The Giver

Lois Lowry

$9.99 $9.19

I absolutely loved reading this young adult novel. At first, the book is set in what appears to be a utopian society, but soon the reader learns Is in fact a dystopian society. The plot follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas, and what his life is like being a part of the younger age group. I always enjoy books that are set in a futuristic-like setting where it tells a new story that we have not seen play out in real life.