I Am THE READER: Books We Couldn’t Live Without, Plus Giveaway

We’re cheering on Traci Chee’s THE READER and chatting about essential reading!

It’s every book lovers’ nightmare, but an absolutely thrilling premise: In Traci Chee’s The Reader, the teen protagonist lives in a society that is brutal and completely illiterate. Survival-savvy as she is, Sefia doesn’t know the joy of experiencing a story from page to page and escaping into other worlds. When she discovers a strange object– a book!– in her deceased father’s possessions, her whole world changes.

Could you imagine a life without books? We couldn’t! That’s why we’re listing a few books and series we absolutely can’t life without!

Harry Potter series

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Like many people in recent generations, we grew up on Harry Potter. It introduced us to magic, fantasy, shipping, worldbuilding, and some majorly important themes about fear, compassion, and of course– the choice between what it right and what is easy. It was also on gateway into fandom!

The Hunger Games series


Harry Potter was the gateway, but The Hunger Games was our first full-on dive into the fandom pool. Our major fandom project The Potter Games is a mash-up of both! But The Hunger Games gave us community in a book that perfected the cliffhanger, swift political edges, and flawed characters we’ll always love.

To Kill A Mockingbird


This novel was the first classic that we truly connected to. The socially conscious tale unwound through the eyes of a child stabs your straight in the heart with messages about a whole world of social issues and the isolating truths that society rarely acknowledges. It’s not necessarily “feel good,” but it’s so real, relevant, and important.

Pride and Prejudice


Jane Austen and her main character Elizabeth Bennett are the original sassy ladies of literature. The story touches on the pressures on women– they’ve changed a bit, but they’re still there– and champions the “difficult” woman who won’t settle for what others want for her. Of course, Lizzie also had some important lessons to learn about the balance between standing her ground and not giving anyone a chance.

The Shadowhunters Chronicles


“Invested” doesn’t even begin to describe our connection to Cassandra Clare’s many Shadowhunters series and novellas. The characters are so fresh and fun, the stories are unpredictable and intense, and no emotion is left unexplored. Each book is one we finish and immediately talk to our friends about (because they already finished it, duh!)

Percy Jackson series


The Percy Jackson series is our happy place. These books are just so wild and fun, chock full of mythological fun, great relationships, and the most random, hilarious jokes. Yes, please!

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A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone.

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

About The Author

TraciCheeTraci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Reader is her YA debut.

By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.

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