Ellie C's Picks (RHS Class of 2021)

By Books on the Common

By Books on the Common

The King of Torts

John Grisham


I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, and this one was different in that it focused on the inner workings of the legal system instead of just the actual crimes itself. It‘s also not a typical murder mystery - it focuses on civil law instead of criminal, which I found interesting.

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Mona Hanna-Attisha

$18.00 $16.56

I read this book (a memoir by the doctor who helped uncover the Flint water crisis) in about an hour and a half - I couldn’t put it down. It’s a good balance between an actual storyline and a commentary on the political factors that enables the crisis. Even though there was a good amount of scientific information involved in the plot, it was laid out clearly and accessible for a 16 year old to read.

The Sixth Man

David Baldacci


This crime novel features recurring characters from other Baldacci thrillers as they try to investigate a serial killer case and defend the alleged killer. There were plenty of plot twists along the way, and although I usually pride myself on being able to solve the case by the end of the book, this one definitely surprised me.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

$14.99 $13.79

This YA book has held the number one spot on my booklist since I read it in seventh grade. Narrated by Death, it follows a young girl growing up with foster parents in Nazi Germany. It’s historically accurate, but doesn’t get bogged down in just focusing on historical elements, and the plot was really touching (and sad).

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

$28.00 $25.76

I’ve read this memoir twice in the past year and it’s one of those books that really impacts your outlook on life and makes you think. It’s well written, engaging, and tells a clear and emotional story about how Tara was able to overcome her home life and become “educated.”

The One Man: The Riveting and Intense Bestselling WWII Thriller

Andrew Gross

$17.99 $16.55

This WWII thriller was exciting and engaging to read. It was fast paced, but easy enough to follow, and I became very invested in some of the characters by the end.