Four books to read in your free time


“Storm and Silence” by Robert Thier

This story follows young Lilly Linton, who is a strong willed feminist that fights for women’s rights in the 19th century, an era where women are deemed as inferior to men. She is determined to get freedom especially after she encounters a leading magnate of businesses in the British Empire, Rikkard Ambrose.

The genre is historical fiction, and the vocabulary used in this book is a bit difficult to understand since the characters use Victorian style grammar and etiquette throughout the book. Nonetheless, I was still able to understand what was happening because of the context. This novel will likely enrich your vocabulary. Apart from that, the characters had lots of humor especially the main character, so you will definitely find yourself laughing while reading.

Although I don’t particularly like reading books that take place in a previous time period, this book was unique and the time period added a lot to the story. This book is somewhat slow in the beginning, however, once the plot progresses you’ll become attached to the story, as well as the following five books in the series.

“Every Last Word” by Tamara Ireland Stone

This book is a standalone, contemporary young adult novel about Samantha McAllister, a junior in high school. It also provided an insight on how some people may struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety.

There were turns and plot twists towards the end of the book that caught me completely off guard, and it made me want to re-read the chapter just out of shock.

“Every Last Word” has information by providing the reader with a new aspect of mental illness that they may not have seen or heard about. It also evokes the message to not judge anyone. The poems in this novel were a great addition, and made the story more enjoyable.

If you enjoyed reading the popular book, “We Were Liars,” by E. Lockahrt, I would recommend reading “Every Last Word.”

“All Your Twisted Secrets” by Diana Urban

All your twisted secrets is a thriller novel which follows six students who each get a scholarship and are invited to a dinner in a classroom. The students find themselves trapped in the room with a note that states that in order for them to leave, one of them must die in the span of an hour or else they all do.

Although, the characters in this book were really cliche (the jock, the nerd and the popular kid) and unlikable it didn’t take away from the story since there was so much going on.

If you enjoyed reading, “One of Us is Lying,” by Karen M. McManus you will thoroughly enjoy reading this.

“Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi

The “Shatter Me” series consists of six main books, which follow Juliette, a 17-year-old girl living with a lethal touch, and how she copes with her condition. This book is very well-rounded as it is a dystopian fiction with romance but also contains lots of action, drama, and thriller.

I was hooked from the very beginning and it was a real page-turner, as the book started off with saying, “I’ve been locked up for 264 days.”

There was so much character development from the main characters.

However, this book is for someone looking for an easy and fast read as the vocabulary and writing isn’t very sophisticated. The author does a great job of expressing the characters emotions in creative ways, and also keeping the story interesting by adding a lot to the plot such as character development, captivating friendships and diverse characters,

If you enjoyed reading “Divergent”, “The Hunger Games”, or the “Maze Runner”, you should definitely read this book.

When reading this book, make sure you have lots of free time as you will probably be tempted to finish the entire series in one sitting.