Best Books: Mrs. Rogna

Mrs. Cindy Rogna

Mrs. Rogna of the Educational Services department enjoyed the book A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. She said, “the characters became important to me as they grew over time, and the ending was perfection.”

Here’s the review from Goodreads:

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

Best Books: Ms. MacBlane

Ms. Kelly MacBlane1

LFHS Social Studies teacher Ms. MacBlane has a favorite book, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, part of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. “My son recommended the series and so I read all five of the books between spring break and the start of the school year. This was the fourth book of the series but my favorite. The books are all action packed from start the finish. I love how the Greek mythology is woven in and how Rick Riordan creates an alternate world existing right inside our own. I thought the Battle of the Labyrinth had the most twists and turns of all of the books and, to me, was the most suspenseful. But I recommend starting at the beginning and reading all of them!”

2120932Here’s the synopsis:

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders…

Find out more about this book, right here.

Best Books: Mr. Burks

Tim Burks17The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School… and Totally Ruling the World, by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, is Mr. Burks’ best read. Mr. Burks is part of the Student Services Department. Check out the synopsis from


19016081“What if the only reason you aren’t doing well in school is that you’ve been lied to about your own brain? For centuries, students worldwide have been tricked into making school more difficult, more stressful, and less successful than it needs to be. In reality, you already have the ability to make anything that you do in school easy. From writing essays to mastering any math concept to acing even your most difficult final exam, The Straight-A Conspiracy takes you through the simple, stress-free ways to conquer any class in school…”

Click here to read more about this book on Goodreads.


New Books to Ring in the New Year


Tis the season to be reading! Are you in the mood for something seasonal? Here are a handful of young adult stories you might want to check out as 2018 approaches:



33843251A humorous, twisted retelling of A Chrismas Carol, Cynthia Hand’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase is the newest seasonal story in our collection. Meet Holly Chase, a spoiled and rotten girl who is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas, just like Scrooge. Only unlike Ebeneezer, she doesn’t learn her lesson and is now doomed spend her afterlife as the new Ghost of Christmas Past.

16081588In Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, each author writes a story taking place in the same small Southern town hit with a freak blizzard on Christmas Eve. Some characters overlap, but each story stands on its own. With heartwarming moments, Waffle House hijinks, and a teacup pig, there’s a little something for everyone.

20309175A popular read is New York Times bestseller 
My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. A great feature of this short story collection is that not only does it have amazing authors contributing to it covering a wide variety of genres and topics, but it also showcases Hannukah, Kwanza, and other celebrations people partake in at this time of year.


Books Jay AsherFrom the same author as Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher looks at life through a new lens What Light. In this story, a family has two lives as they grow Christmas trees in one town and then sell them during the holiday season in another. As she gets older, teenage Sierra feels torn between her two identities in two different towns, until one Christmas when she meets Caleb and her worlds combine.

Best Books: Megan

MeganFar from You by Tess Sharpe is one of Megan’s, class of 2019, favorite books. She explains, “Because it’s brilliant. {Good emotion, complicated feelings, mystery}.”

18296034.jpg (318×456) Synopsis:

“Nine months. Two weeks. Six days. That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.”

Interested? Read more about this book on Goodreads by clicking here.

Grande Size Your To-Read List: Read a Latte, Part 2

Drum roll, please! The winners of the LFHS Library’s Starbooks Cafe raffle were Margot and Katherine. Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered – we learned about so many great titles you all love!  

Here are a few more of the books students and staff have been reading, shared as part of our Read-a-Latte Display:

Flavored Series

In the mood for stories that don’t stop with just one book?

Iced Graphic Novels

Why settle for just words, when there’s plenty to read with amazing artwork as well?

Hot Non-fiction

Fiction is fabulous, but more often than not, nonfiction is even stranger and more fascinating.

Let us know what books you are reading this season!