We’re #1! First Books in a Series

As we head into summer with lots of time to read, here are seven first books in a series you may want to try. Some are award nominees as well as favorite librarian picks – you decide which #1 book looks like the next best read for you. Click on the book titles to read the Goodreads’ synopsis.

Leviathan

6050678Part of Scott Westerfeld’s trilogy, the award-winning Leviathan comes highly recommended by Ed Technology’s Mrs. Grigg. Behemoth and Goliath complete this steampunk series.

 

 

 

The Name of the Wind

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Recommended by students and staff alike, this first book of the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss is considered an amazing fantasy. The Wise Man’s Fear is book two, followed by The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

 

 

Six of Crows

23437156The 2018 Abraham Lincoln Award-winning Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a great series about six dangerous outcasts and an impossible heist. Book two, Crooked Kingdom, continues the tale.

 

 

The Cuckoo’s Calling

16160797Robert Galbraith, more commonly known to the world as J.K. Rowling, has a mystery series following private investigator Cormoran Strike. Also adapted for TV and coming to US screens this summer,  The Silkworm is the second book in the series and Career of Evil is book three with more to come. Ms. Fumarolo, LFHS Librarian, highly recommends this series.

 

 

The Selection

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Kiera Cass’ Selection series is an interesting twist on The Bachelor concept – 35 girls, 1 crown, and marriage to a prince. If you like this first book, there are so many more to enjoy. LFHS Library staff members recommend this fun read.

 

 

Days Gone Bye, Volume 1

138398Mrs. Roman, LFHS Library’s comic connoisseur, loves the Walking Dead graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. Check out Volume 1 and see if this is a series you can sink your teeth into – seriously.

 

 

 

Ender’s Game

375802LFHS Library Assistant Mrs. Middlebrook recommends the Sci-Fi series Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card. The other books in the series include the original books, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind as well as much newer tales, all found here.

The Envelope, Please!

osc-banner_statuetteWouldn’t it be great if there were Book Oscars – one big awards show for authors and their works that millions of people tuned into? Instead, there are so many state and other book awards, some with the most interesting titles: Danziger Awards for Hilarious Children’s Books, the Sasquatch Awards, Young Hoosier, and Flume to name a few.

We at the LFHS Library have been getting some incredible books this school year, and have narrowed our selections down to those that are worthy of winning golden statues.

And the nominees are…

For Best Visual Effects:
Ms. Marvel – writer, G. Willow Wilson ; artist, Adrian Alphona (Hugo Award Winner)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Abraham Lincoln Award Finalist)

Black Panther – writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates ; pencils/layouts, Chris Sprouse

For Best Director/Author:
Frederik Bachman (Goodreads Choice Award Winner)

Jason Reynolds (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, National Book Award Finalist, Newberry and Printz Award Honoree, Walter Dean Meyers Winner, and Kirkus Award Winner)

Amie Kaufman (Aurealis Awards Winner)

For Lead Actor:
Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (William C. Morris Award Winner)

Cormoran Strike from The Cuckoo´s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Amazon Best Books Nominee)

Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Young Adult Speculative Fiction Finalist)

For Leading Lady:
Natasha from The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (National Book Award Finalist)

Star from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Goodreads Choice Awards – YA Winner)

Julia from I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, Chicago author (National Book Award Finalist)

For Best Documentary:
Chasing King´s Killer by James Swanson

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Michelle Burford and Diane Guerrero

All of these nominees are available in the LFHS Library.  You´re the readers, you decide the winners!