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Rapunzel Rapunzel - stories about being locked in some place forever.

The Kingdom Crumbles - stories about governments or monarchies that completely fail at doing the thing.

Plague reading about plagues! - This is our life now.

We did a deep dive on this one, click here to read about each book we picked for this category

Head over to our full post about these!

The Kids are Alright - stories about young people saving the world.

ALSO: The Dark Artifices series by , The Shadowhunter series (really anything by Cassandra Clare), and City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

We Write Letters Now - a story set in a time where everything was far away so you had to actually write peoples letters and then wait WEEKS to hear back from them.


War and Peace, Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
84 Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Dragons - just dragons. That’s all.

Dystopian Fiction AKA Current Events. - no explanation needed.

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Matched Trilogy, Ally Condie
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
FKA USA, Reed King

Real But Not the News - Non-fiction that is completely unrelated to plagues or politics.

The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule
The Blood of Emmet Till, Timothy B. Tyson
Mindhunter, John E. Douglas
Justice, Dominick Dunne
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
In Cool Blood, Truman Capote
My Dark Places, James Ellroy
Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
Party Monster, James St. James
Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe
I'll be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara

Getting Graphic - read a graphic novel! We have ideas! Don’t have any at home? There are some free trials out there for e-reading graphic novels. You can always always ask us for advice.

Distractions - a book about an adventure. All the fun of an adventure, and none of the mess!

My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
The Incredible Journey, Shiela Burnford
Fairyland Series - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is first,
Labyrinth, Novelization by ACH Smith
The Talisman, King and Straub
Agatha Christie Mysteries
Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Wizard of Oz Series -14 books in this series, and all with illustrations that will make you cry with joy, Frank L. Baum
The House With the Clock in its Walls, John Bellairs
Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray
Star Wars: Dark Disciple, Christie Golden
Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
The Host, Stephanie Meyer
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

We Can’t Go Back - books about activism. Books about systemic change. Books about Queer theory or intersectional social justice.

Soothe Your Soul - like comfort food, but with books instead. Choose one of our Staff fave comfort books or choose your own!

Kristen’s picks: Anything by Anne Bishop. Because people get what is coming to them, in (sometimes gruesome) very satisfying ways. Their just desserts, as it were.
Robin McKinley for the poetry of her prose. And her lady heroes.

Blair's picks: Tolstoy - (War and Peace or Anna K) because his writing about everyday life in Russia is so gloriously descriptive and beautiful,as well as his incredible ability to write what's going on in people's heads so well that you see a part of yourself in each character. I FEEL SEEN.

Phantom Tollbooth - was my favorite book when I was young

Neverending Story - the characters and journeys are burnt into my DNA

The Haunting of Hill House - feeling spooky in a Gothic way makes me feel cozy

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - see above

Leviathan Wakes *** hard*** I am so deeply in love with the characters in this book. Similar to Tolstoy; you can find a piece of yourself in each one. It is such a grand and sweeping story with so much going on, it's like entering into a new ecosystem.

Melanie's picks: The Harry Potter series because now more than ever I need a magical world (and fond memories) to escape into

Agatha Christie because a classic whodunnit is engaging and creepy and satisfyingly wrapped up in a bow and sometimes I just need some closure.

Indigo's pick: Mysteries of Pittsburgh because it's my favorite book and takes me back to a tender period of my life--when I first read it as a freshman in college. It makes me feel soft and gentle and nostalgic. I re-read it probably once a year.

Odana's pick: Wrinkle in Time Series bc AUNT BEAST and everything feels Like It Is Going to be Okay

Sarah's picks:  The Secret Garden, because I vividly remember my mom reading it to me as a kid. Also Anne of Green Gables, partially from good childhood memories, and partially because Anne is such a ray of sunshine.

Carly's picks: This will not come as a shock to anyone who knows me, my comfort reads are everything by Cassandra Clare. Because FEELINGS. I think what makes them comforting to me is that everybody has a place. There are the big picture, world saving triumphs and the personal, self acceptance triumphs and they’re basically the same

Makenzie's pick: A Wrinkle in Time because it introduced me to the sci-fi/fantasy genre and escapism reading.

Adam's picks: Harry Potter, Jane Austen, and Tolkien because I know them so well and they give me feels.

Athena's pick: My comfort read is, and always will be, the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix. These days I often skip the first book
and just read the last two, Lirael and Abhorsen, but if you're a first time reader, Sabriel is an important setup. I love the world that Nix created, a world where two kingdoms, one magic and one mundane, sit next to one another. A world where the sound of bells can bring back the dead and send them away as well. Sabriel and Lirael are amazing women who overcome so much to save the world around them. I highly recommend getting a physical copy because you'll want to inhale all three books once you get started. But the audiobook is narated by Tim Curry, so…… there's that.

Angelica Button's picks: Would Everyone Please Stop: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas by Jenny Allen
I love this because it’s a series of essays, so there isn’t a major commitment to read all of it. It’s so relatable- and chuckle-to-yourself funny. It makes me feel more in touch with humanity when I’m feeling like an absolute nut job.

Anne of Green Gables because it brings me nostalgic memories of sitting in my living room watching the miniseries on PBS as a kid. I thought Anne was so cheeky and witty- definitely one of my top superheroes as a kid. The book fleshes her out so much more- I love her wisdom and unrelenting openness to new ideas. Definitely an “I can do anything” kind of hug.

Jd's picks: Tolkien - because it introduced me to the world of fantasy as a preteen and I’m always looking for something to make that happen again.

Harry Potter - because it brought back that fantastical feeling, mixed with a lot of emotions and I’ve never cried so hard reading anything ever.

Jungle Book - because as a kid, the wilds of the jungle, animals, ancient & abandoned civilizations and adventures were something I craved to experience and as an adult, same.

Ready Player One - because it took everything I love and gelled it in such a brilliant way, with such an amazing plot.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - because it’s the finest LGBTQ novel I’ve ever read and also is a great coming of age story, a great angsty love tale and an amazing tale about family.

Starless Sea - because it’s a tale of destiny and making our own future, filled with flashbacks, locked doors & keys and choices. It’s also a great tale of mysterious parentage and LGBTQ love.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - because it’s a treasure of a book all about adventures, loyalty, love and rescue and the fantastical. And it’s got dragons.

Priory of the Orange Tree - because it’s an epic fantasy about love, faith, loyalty, friendship, patriotism and dragons. Do you betray who you are? Are you able to expand your horizons? Can you look within? Will you help someone you hate? What can we all learn? Also… dragons.

Jake's pick: the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. It's a very nostalgic series for me.

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