Readers Share Favorite Books: Part 2

Amber Morris, Staff Writer

This article is a continuation of the opinion story I wrote in the first semester. I interview students to find out their favorite books and share them with the readers. And I also mix in some of my favorite books. I hope you enjoy the books that are highlighted in this article.

Madyson Hegedus from Petersburg, Indiana enjoys reading The Chronicles of Narnia Series. The one she told me about is the second book The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  The reason Hegedus enjoys the book is because it’s “very interesting and action packed.”  

She discovered the book in her freshman year of highschool and  that is what got her into the books. The genre is novel, fantasy fiction, Christian literature, children’s literature, and high fantasy. If she had to pick another book it would be the Harry Potter series. 

“I love all the movies and it is, like, all mystical,” she said. 

Here is the synopsis of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe:

“Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. Open the door and enter a new world! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has been captivating readers of all ages with a magical land and unforgettable characters for over sixty years.”

The next book that I’m going to highlight is one that I have read personally and really enjoy. I could read it over and over again and never get tired of it. This book is called My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. It is a wonderful read. I would tell anyone to read it. But like with all the books I read there is a disclaimer that it does deal with suicide, so if you are not comfortable with that please do not read.  Here is the synopsis of My Heart and Other Black Holes:

“Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.”

The next book is from Zachary Uebelhor who majors in plant genetics and lives in Jasper, Indiana. His favorite book is fairly new; it was published in 2020 and is called Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All by Michael Shellenberger. It is extremely relevant when trying to go from fossil fuels to renewable resources, mentioned Uebelhor. He discovered  this book by listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show, a radio broadcast. The book’s genre is nonfiction making it more interesting since it is all true. 

Here is the synopsis of  Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All:

“Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He helped save the world’s last unprotected redwoods. He co-created the predecessor to today’s Green New Deal. And he led a successful effort by climate scientists and activists to keep nuclear plants operating, preventing a spike of emissions.But in 2019, as some claimed “billions of people are going to die,” contributing to rising anxiety, including among adolescents, Shellenberger decided that, as a lifelong environmental activist, leading energy expert, and father of a teenage daughter, he needed to speak out to separate science from fiction.”

The last book is By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. This is a good read if you like the same books as me. When I say the same books as me I am referring to books that usually have a dark meaning to them. A lot of books that I read are about suicide or death because it is something that caughtes my attention due to it being so hard to find books like this. It takes a little bit of digging if you do not know the title of a book like this and this it considered young adult fiction.This one deals with suicide but also cancer, it also has an opinion based ending it is up to the reader to decided what they though happened to the main character.

Here is the synopsis of By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead:

“After a lifetime of being bullied, Daelyn is broken beyond repair. She has tried to kill herself before, and is determined to get it right this time. Though her parents think they can protect her, she finds a Web site for “completers” that seems made just for her. She blogs on its forums, purging her harrowing history. At her private Catholic school, the only person who interacts with her is a boy named Santana. No matter how poorly she treats him, he just won’t leave her alone. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life . . . isn’t it?”

These are the featured stories for this issue. I hope one of them will become your favorite read. Also all of these books can be found on Amazon and that is where I got all the synopsises from.