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Books to Binge Read!

By Julianna

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With the snow finally here and temperatures dropping, it can be very uninviting out there. What better time to stay inside and curl up with a great series and binge read? Binge reading can be a positive thing in the right doses. It’s exciting to follow a story from start to finish and gives us a sense of accomplishment. Immersing completely in a story gives us a more nuanced understanding of the story arc and helps us keep better track of the characters and any plot holes there may be. Check out these compelling trilogies (3 in a series), tetralogies (4 in a series), and heptalogies (7 in a series) when you’re in the mood to hunker down and get lost in another world for a while.

peculiarMiss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs (Trilogy)
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

After you’ve read the books check out the movie directed by Tim Burton.

youngYoung Elites by Marie Lu (Trilogy) 
The Young Elites is set in a Renaissance-like world where magic is new, chaotic, and misunderstood, and three rival societies with supernatural abilities battle for power. And a girl transforms from an unwanted daughter into a fearsome leader, igniting panic and sparking war between seven nations.


partialPartials by Dan Wells (Tetralogy)
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

cinderThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Mayer (Tetralogy)
Lunar Chronicles are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales.  In CINDER, a teenage cyborg (half human, half machine) must deal with a wicked stepmother, start a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana, and decide how she feels about a handsome prince. As the series continues, Cinder forges alliances with Scarlet, a spaceship pilot who is determined to solve the mystery of a missing loved one.

The Lunar chronicles are an futuristic retellings of classic fairytales. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

harryHarry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Hepatology)
Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned “One Who Must Not Be Named”.

 If you’ve never read the series, now is a great time. The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out now to rave reviews and Harry Potter fever is being rekindled this holiday season.

Re-read all seven of the Harry Potter books and then reward yourself with a binge movie watching marathon at Millennium library as we show all eight Harry Potter movies over the Christmas break!

Carol Shields Auditorium
Call 204 986 6488 to register

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Wednesday, December 28: 1:30-4:05 pm

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret
Thursday, December 29: 1:30-4:15 pm

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Friday, December 30: 1:30-3:55 pm

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Tuesday, January 3: 1:30-4:10 pm

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Wednesday, January 4: 1:30-3:50 pm

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Thursday, January 5: 1:30-4:05 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Friday, January 6: 1:30-4 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Saturday, January 7: 1:30-3:40 pm

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