Book Buzz: The Page Turners You Need on Your Shelf

Elena Rouse, Co-Culture Editor

The Female Lead: “The Four Winds” is Kristin Hannah’s most recent release. Already receiving rave reviews, the novel centers around the Great Depression. Elsa Martinelli is a Texas native during the infamous Dust Bowl and faces the toughest challenges of the time. She is witnessing her livelihood fail despite all efforts, deciding whether or not to stay steadfast in protecting the land or leave and is figuring out how to protect her family. Encapsulating the American spirit, elite historical context and female strength, Hannah has once again achieved a spectacular best seller. 

Netflix Made You Do It: The first book in the series, “Bridgerton: The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn has been all the rage recently as the Netflix adaptation smashed streaming records upon its release. In 1813, Daphne Bridgerton and playboy Duke of Hastings hatched a scheme of a fabricated courtship. Things start to get dramatic when feelings get involved, as well as the gossip that spreads like wildfire due to the allusive gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. The first book in the series coincides with the plot lines of the first season, but there are a total of nine books in the series. There is plenty of reading to do before the next season premieres on Netflix.

If You Live for the Thrill: A top of the list best-seller, “The Sanatorium,” by Sarah Pearse is a great mystery novel to read. Elin Warner is a detective on break staying at a hotel that was once a sanatorium for her estranged brother’s engagement. However, at the peak of their stay, Elin’s future sister in law goes missing, and Elin must use all her instinctual detecting abilities to find her. Bound to the confines inside the snowy walls of the hotel, all the members are panicking, wondering who will be next. It is up to Elin to find out what happened and to uncover the true danger everyone is in. 

For Some Light Hearted Philosophy: “Greenlights” is the autobiographical novel by actor Matthew McConaughey. The award-winning actor has kept journals of his life experiences and musings about the meanings of them for the last thirty five years. McConaughey dives deep into his journals to discuss what he has learned from the life he has lived by analyzing the words he wrote throughout his years. He uses his wisdom to elicit inspiration to live better, understand more and find the “greenlights’’ in one’s own life. 

For the Love of Comedy: Ever wondered what it felt like to be a part of one of the greatest television sitcoms of all time? Author and Rolling Stone journalist Andy Greene has recently published a deep dive history of the beloved show, “The Office.” In his novel “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History,” Greene takes readers on a journey through the creation of the show, the fight to keep it on air, experiences of cast members and the inspiration behind famous lines and episodes. Receiving a whopping 4.17 star rating on Goodreads, this look into the beloved show will intrigue “The Office” aficionados and more. 

When You Crave a Little Magic: “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune is a fantasy novel centering around Linus, a forty year old Caseworker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. Goodreads synopsizes it: “A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.”  Linus is summoned to take on a deeply mysterious task of travelling to an island where six especially magical and terrifying children reside. His job is to determine whether or not these children will end all things. As Linus learns more about the island, the children and their mysterious caretaker, the decision of his task becomes unclear and the dangers escalate.