The Avid Reader

Harry Potter. Twilight. The Hunger Games. On-screen cultural phenomena that all started with a book and a reader’s imagination. But Hollywood screenwriters aren’t the only ones finding inspiration in the pages of modern fiction.  The Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library’s Young Adult Reading and Filmmaking Club suggests these five favorites for your summer reading list, to get your creative juices flowing.

Book_HowlsMovingCastle1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones — As the oldest sister of three, Sophie never expected an interesting future — until she was thrown into one. This book’s eventful plot and witty characters will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It’s a story of self-discovery you won’t want to put down.

2. Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson — This book entices you with its adorable cover, but it makes you think about everything you’ve eaten in a new light. It explains the history of fast food, like how hamburgers were at first believed to be poisonous. It also discusses the rise of fast food companies and how they affect our lives today. We hope you find it as “delicious” as we did.

Book_ClimbingTheStairs3. Climbing the Stairs by Padma VenkatramanVidya is a young Hindu girl living in 1940’s India. When her father is assaulted by a British officer and left mentally disabled, she, along with her mother and brother, must adapt to a new lifestyle in their extended family’s traditional Hindu household.  Venkatraman’s debut novel is both scintillatingly informative and refreshingly light.

4. Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova — An up-and-coming artist named Christy is going to her first anime and manga convention to promote her work. Will she survive her crazy friends and the uncertainty of her first “con?” And is it really possible to fall in love in only three days?

Book_BrainJack5. Brain Jack by Brian Falkner “Right now, as you read this prologue, I am sifting through the contents of your computer.” — Brain Jack

Brain Jack is a dystopian sci-fi novel in which Las Vegas has been destroyed by a terrorist nuclear attack, and neuro-headsets can connect directly to your mind, eliminating the need for a computer keyboard. Throw a computer hacker into this setting and you have the perfect book.