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Cozy books to cuddle up with this winter season

Senior Hailey Burns reads, “The Way I Used To Be” by Amber Smith in her dual enrollment English class, during independent reading time on Nov. 21, 2023.
Kaia Jackson
Senior Hailey Burns reads, “The Way I Used To Be” by Amber Smith in her dual enrollment English class, during independent reading time on Nov. 21, 2023.

Reading, the perfect activity for this season. When students, teachers and staff alike can rest their bodies and sharpen their minds.

In this spirit, below lies a list of cozy books for you.

Senior Hailey Burns suggests a return to the classics.

“I love ‘The Giver’ so much, but nobody likes it,” said Hailey. “It’s so special to me because it pulls the reader in, and ‘The Giver’ is such an interesting story.”

“The Giver” is a classic dystopian novel that explores human nature, emotion and sensations. The main character, Jonas, studies as the receiver under the giver. As the receiver, Jonas gains the ability to experience pain, joy and colors, but he also carries the burden of this knowledge. The story follows Jonas as he makes discoveries, and what he decides to do with the valuable and sensitive information he received.

AP Language and Composition teacher Sarah Burford recommends taking a trip down memory lane, as a children’s book brings her warm fuzzy feelings. 

“‘Open Wide’,” said Burford when asked what her favorite comfort book was. “It’s so pretty and interesting with lots of colors.”

The children’s book, “Open Wide: Tooth School Inside,” teaches kids the importance of dental hygiene through a fun and comic style that keeps people of all ages engaged.

“It’s one of those books that would take an hour to read because the teeth would write notes about other teeth,” said Burford. 

For Burford, this book brings back nostalgic memories of going to the Scholastic Book Fair and choosing books based on their eye-catching covers.

Freshman Cam Torres recommends a book that may be a step outside of some readers’ comfort zones; his favorite pick was “World War Z,” a zombie apocalypse novel by Max Brooks. The book takes a more logistic approach to a zombie apocalypse.

“I think it’s the way it subverts your expectations,” said Cam.

In any case, pick up a book that brings nostalgia, explores a deeper meaning or simply brings joy this winter season. Check out the school or local library for a free read.

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Kaia Jackson, Staff Writer
Kaia Jackson is a senior and a first-year journalist for The Current. She is the SCA president, a varsity cheer captain, a member of National Honor Society and the yearbook staff. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, dancing and watching movies. Kaia is a musical enthusiast and loves to go see the Ocean Lakes Theatre Company productions. She drives a blue-green scion with purple polka dots named Sully.

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