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What Are UPrep Students Reading?

In looking at the most widely circulated books during the first semester, we found that our students are reading novels about identity, personal struggles, and fantasy.

Leah Griffin, University Prep Librarian

University Prep is filled with readers, and it’s a pleasure to see students reading books, magazines, e-readers, and newspapers every day in the library. But what are they all reading? Peering into the library’s circulation statistics, we can see what our students are checking out. To date this school year, students have checked out 748 books. In looking at the most widely circulated books during the first semester, we found that our students are reading novels about identity, personal struggles, and fantasy. Here are the top five fiction titles of the year so far.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Yoon is a Jamaican-American author and this 2015 young adult novel is a New York Times best seller. A film was made based on the book in 2017.

"The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more."-- Publisher's description

I Am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Sánchez is a poet and writer whose first young adult fiction piece was a 2017finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

"Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed."-- OCLC

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Wingate is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author of more than 30 novels. She has won multiple awards, and this 2018 novel, inspired by a true story, has sold more than 1.4 million copies in 35 countries.

"Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history."-- Publisher's description

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Bardugo is a New York Times best selling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. This book is the final book in her Six of Crows duology.

"Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets--a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world."-- Publisher's description

Dune by Frank Herbert
Herbert was a Tacoma-born journalist, photographer, and writer who is one of the U.S.'s most critically celebrated science fiction writers. This book is a classic of the genre and the best selling science fiction novel of all time. It remains a student favorite today.


“Forced by the Emperor of the known universe to live in exile on a barren planet, Duke Leto Atreides and his son lead the struggle against the Empire.” -- Publisher's description

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