Makiya’s Picks

High School Volunteer Intern, Makiya outlines a few of her favorite books…

My name is Makiya and I’m an intern at the Carnegie Library Downtown & Business. I read all genres but my favorite is fiction. I mostly read realistic fiction, but I enjoy all fiction.

I love books that surprise me, that’s why my favorite book out of all the ones I’ve listed is “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. It’s a story based on a real event and it has an unexpected ending. All of my favorite book have an unexpected twist in them, that’s why I like them.

“Night” is the only book I listed that is non-fiction. It’s non-fiction, but everything that happened to the author and his family all seems so unreal. “Diary of a wimpy kid” is for younger people but I like it because it’s funny and easy to read. I’d definitely recommend these books to all teens.

P.S many of these books have also been made into movies.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother’s other ideas.

Nevermore: A Graphic Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories

This haunting graphic anthology features the most famous stories of terror and suspense by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by nine teams of celebrated writers and illustrators. Each story is translated in a different visual style, but they all succeed in capturing Poe’s macabre blend of doomed romanticism, gothic melodrama, and ghoulish destiny.


As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.


Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.