What We’re Reading this Fall

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book, under a warm blanket, with a cup of hot cocoa! Here’s what we’re reading under our snuggly blankets this fall…


Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

“Westerfeld’s latest novel is different from those that he’s written before in that Afterworlds tells two different stories: one is the story of an author, the other is the book that gets her published.  Darcy Patel is a teenage author whose draft written during National Novel Writing Month gets picked up by a publisher in New York. Every odd-number chapter in Afterworlds tells about Darcy’s adventures in NYC as she tries to ingrain herself into the world of young adult authors–that is, authors who write for a young adult audience–while simultaneously discovering who she truly wants to be. Every even-numbered chapter, on the other hand, is a chapter from Darcy’s book, which is called Afterworlds. Darcy’s novel centers around Lizzie, a young girl from San Diego who learns to cross over into the “afterworld” when she’s lying on an airport floor during a terrorist attack, trying to play dead so she won’t actually be killed.

I’m only about halfway through this book, but I’m really enjoying it! Lizzie’s chapters are by far my favorite, as they are a little bit more into the paranormal/fantasy type stuff that I usually expect from Westerfeld. But I’m also really enjoying Darcy’s story, as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Westerfeld’s books in the past, but also anyone who enjoys reading two stories at once.” Recommended for ages 14+.


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

“If you only read two fantasy authors in your life, it should be J K Rowling and Brandon Sanderson.  He makes his magic systems so believable, it’s hard to come back to reality after visiting his worlds.  Steelheart is slightly different from Sanderson’s other books because it is a dystopian novel set in Newcago, the remains of Chicago.  It follows the story of David, an 18 year old who was made an orphan by Steelheart.  Steelheart is one of many Epics that were given extraordinary powers and have used them to take over the world. Think evil Superman-type.  Steelheart now rules Newcago and no one, human or Epic, can stop him.  Enter the Reckoners. The Reckoners are a group of people who devote their lives to finding Epics’ weaknesses and destroying them, and David wants to join them.  He has an advantage over Steelheart that no one else has: he has seen Steelheart bleed, and may be the only person able to discover the way to stop him for good. Recommended for ages 12+ and for those who enjoy a great dystopian thriller.”

Click here for the awesome book trailer for Steelheart.


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