15-03-2020

Self-isolation can be quite boring. Stuck at home, limited contact to the outside world and only so much quarantine food you can eat. So if you have somehow managed to binge watch all the shows on Netflix in the past week and wondering what to do with your life now, here are some books that you might be interested in that you can order on Amazon Prime so you don’t need to venture out in to the malls.

 

If you liked Riverdale, you might like Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Riverdale isn’t your average teen drama. It’s a mystery with hints of supernatural thrown in there for good measure. If Riverdale is up your alley, Broken Things might also be the one for you.

The story starts with a young girl murdered while playing an elaborate make-believe game based on a dark fantasy novel. Her two best friends become suspects and social pariahs, losing touch until they decide to try to solve the mystery as teenagers. This means revisiting the game they played as children, leading to staggering revelations and blurred lines between reality and fantasy.

 

If you liked Atypical, you might like Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Atypical follows Sam, an autistic teenager, and the many ways he both struggles and succeeds in school and dating.

Turtles All the Way Down explores Aza’s life as a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She and her friend Daisy work to solve the mystery of a local missing billionaire as Aza worries her mental health will prevent her relationship with love interest Davis from blossoming.

 

If you liked The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you might like The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This is for the one who loves a bit of supernatural in their shows and their books. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is about a teenager who is half witch, half human figuring out how to balance the two complex parts of her life.

The Hazel Wood tells a similar story of a teenager named Alice whose grandmother wrote a famous book of dark fairy tales. Alice has never met her grandmother, but when her mother goes missing, she knows exactly where she’ll be: her grandmother’s famed estate. In her search for her mother, the lines of her grandmother’s fantasy world and the world she knows blends, until she’s not even sure who she is and where she belongs.

 

If you liked Gossip Girl, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly, AKA Gossip Girl.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which tells the story of a mischievous girl attending an elite boarding school in Massachusetts. Frankie is clever, funny, and precocious, and her story is what Jenny from Gossip Girl might’ve become. With feminist undertones, this might be a good one to pick up.

 

If you liked You, you might like Creep by Jennifer Hillier

You became one of the highest watched shows on Netflix despite all the creepiness that ensues from a particular stalker that uses social media and technology to get what and who he wants.

This one turns the tropes on its head with a female college professor starting an affair with a handsome and charming grad student, Ethan. But when she decides to break it off, things quickly get weird. If she doesn’t do as he says, Ethan has the power to ruin not just her relationship but also her career. And that’s before the dead body turns up.

 

If you liked Black Mirror, you might like The One by John Marrs

We all love a show that makes us go “What just happened?” and Black Mirror is exactly that. If you finished the show or maybe it was a little too weird for you, The One by John Marrs could be for you.

What if there was no more need for Tinder? For blind dates? For unsuccessful romances? In John Marrs’ The One, finding your perfect match is simply one mouth swab away – that’s all it takes for you to find the person that you’re genetically made for. But even soul mates have secrets, and what if the person you’re matched with is harbouring the darkest secret of all?