Four books to help you fall into reading over break


Laura Amador-Toro

Coppell High School senior Jess Hernandez makes book selections for the fall season. The fictional book The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is included in this selection.

Jessica Hernandez, Staff Writer

As the weather grows cooler and days grow shorter, there is no better way to spend your free time than with your nose in a book while drinking hot chocolate and hiding under blankets. Prepare to kick back and relax with these four books that are sure to keep you reading for hours on end over the upcoming break:


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Sloan’s debut novel follows a recently-unemployed technology lover named Clay Jannon who finds himself captivated by a mysteriously charming bookstore in the heart of San Francisco. Clay quickly becomes enamored by the quaint little bookstore and its peculiar customers. Unlike most other bookstores, Mr. Penumbra’s shop is open 24-hours and is in need of a new employee just as Clay stumbles into the shop. The mystery of Mr. Penumbra and his shop tangles Clay into an unforeseen adventure that takes him to uncharted territory and keeps readers turning pages at all hours of the day, much like the sales in Penumbra’s store. Sloan’s novel is perfect for bibliophiles and mystery lovers, and lifts spirits with its charming characters and storyline. You can order the award-winning novel from Amazon for less than $11 and receive it just in time to read during Fall break.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Nelson tells an unforgettable story of Jude and Noah, two practically inseparable twins. Over time, they drift apart and are barely on speaking terms. Want to find out why? Order a paperback copy of Nelson’s critically-acclaimed novel from Amazon for less than $9. The story is told in both Jude and Noah’s perspectives and is sure to keep you reading for hours on end. I’ll Give You the Sun is a beautiful story about loss, hope and the power of family. With a unique writing style that is unlike most other books, Nelson captivates readers with her rhetoric and abundance of beautifully articulated metaphors.


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry, the owner of a local bookshop, has very little time to spend meeting with Amelia Loman, a sales rep from Knightley Press. Or rather, he wants to spend very little time with her due to her overzealousness and  the fact the she wants to sell him books out of his comfort zone. In addition, A.J. is a dealing with the loss of his dear wife, his rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems, which also happens to be his prized possession, has gone missing and his beloved bookshop is experiencing its worst sales in history. Soon after meeting Amelia, A.J. is given one of the most unexpected, mysterious, and life-changing gifts in his shop one day. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a beautiful and timeless tale about love, loss and the power of books. If you are looking for a heartwarming story about a man’s lifelong adoration for books and the legacy that he leaves behind in his little town, then this novel is for you. Fikry is available on Amazon for less than $9 and is a wonderful read that would be the perfect holiday gift for any and all of your book loving friends.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The manner in which this novel by St. John Mandel is told makes it one of the most unique books in the world. Moving back and forth through time, this story is about a flu called the Georgia Flu that has a 99 percent mortality rate and overtakes the world’s population in less than 24 hours. Twenty years after the outbreak, the survivors and the new population that has stemmed from them no longer feel threatened by the Georgia Flu. Instead, they have new dangers and threats to deal with. The Traveling Symphony, a group of musicians that travels across the country and performs for the few people that inhabit towns, risk their lives on a daily basis in order to spread their love for art and music. In the midst of all this, the story follows six central characters that are all connected throughout the story. Station Eleven is a haunting yet elegant science-fiction novel that tells the stories of very distinct people and their lives after the world met the beginning of its end. You can purchase Station Eleven from Amazon for less than $10 and receive it just in time to read over the upcoming break.