Alissa's Staff Picks

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

By Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers

Hi, I'm Alissa I am a Media Studies Major at Auburn University who love books. I have a huge love for Young Adult novels. Most of my staff picks are books that hold a special place in my heart that made me feel some type of way. I love stories and i hope you end up loving these stories as much as i do.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

$16.00 $14.72

A magical competition that is so atmospheric you'll feel like you're really there. Set at a magical moving circus that is clouded in mystery, and a love that could complicate the competition all together.

Turtles All the Way Down

John Green

$14.99 $13.79

Follow Aza as she looks for a fugitive but instead goes through an emotional journey. The OCD and anxiety representation is done so well and makes you feel every emotion. (John Green's best book yet.) (Looking for Alaska is a close second.)

A List of Cages

Robin Roe

$9.99 $9.19

A beautiful story about friendship between between two boys that will break your heart then build it back up with hope and kindness. A great reminder that sometimes just being kind is the most meaningful thing you can do. (PS this book will make you cry.)


Rainbow Rowell

$10.99 $10.11

Cath is starting college, and instead of having the experiences that goes along with that, she is content writing her popular fan-fiction. This is the perfect coming-of-age story that everyone should read. It is a joy to watch this awkward and relatable girl come out of her shell. (And if you love her fan-fiction sprinkled throughout the book you can read Carry On when you're done.)

The Upside of Unrequited

Becky Albertalli

$10.99 $10.11

Molly Finds herself falling for a guy she never thought was her type, all while her sister is starting a new relationship and leaving Molly feeling alone. A sweet relatable story about a plus size girl who knows a lot about unrequited love. (This book also has great diverse representation!)

What If It's Us

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

$18.98 $17.46

An adorable story about to boys spending an unforgettable summer together brought together by the universe. the kind of love story that makes your heart happy. (Also look forward to Dear Evan Hansen references.)

They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera

$10.99 $10.11

If you got a call telling you that today was your last day, how would you spend it? Follow Mateo and Rufus as they spend their last day together. this book is not about death, but instead about life. I couldn't put it down and it's stuck with me ever since then.


Courtney Summers

$17.98 $16.54

Sadie wants answers to what happened to her sister. West wants answers to what happened to Sadie. If you love to listen to podcasts like "Serial" then you're gonna love this book. You'll wont want to put this book down as west tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Again, But Better

Christine Riccio

$18.98 $17.46

Shane wants a second chance at college and decides to go on a study abroad trip to London to make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure. this book is the perfect blend of cheesy and sweet that reads like your next favorite Rom-Com.

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

$18.98 $17.46

An incredibly moving and important story that has a lot to say. it is powerful and relevant in today's society. a book that should be on everyone's TBR list.

The Sun Is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon

$12.99 $11.95

A beautiful story of fate and destiny told through the course of one day. This book is Impossible to put down once you start it. It plays with the idea that everyone is connected and it's done so beautifully.

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

$16.98 $15.62

What happens when the President son and the Prince of England are forced to play nice? A cute romantic love story of course! But can they stay away from a scandal? This is a book guaranteed to make your heart smile! <3

Daisy Jones & the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

$27.00 $24.30

Written as an oral history about a fictional band from the late 60's- 70's that gives you Fleetwood Mac vibes. By the end you'll wish you could listen to this bands records.(It's such a good book! For Real! Read it now!!)

Carry on

Rainbow Rowell

$10.99 $10.11

A fun magic filled adventure that feels like you're reading a Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy fan-fiction. Enough Said.


Jennifer Mathieu

$9.99 $9.19

Moxie is a book that every young person should read. its all about finding your voice and speaking out and being heard. This book has a lot of empowering moments and is especially important for young girls to read to feel that they matter.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

$14.99 $13.79

This book has won so many awards and they are all so well deserved. This book is beautiful. This book will give you all the feelings and leave you with a new favorite book

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Media Tie-In)

Stephen Chbosky

$14.99 $13.79

This book is perfect for anyone who feels like an outsider. written in letters to a person the main character once knew. this story is one that stuck with me. I read it when i was younger and still think about it to this day and still love it.