As this school year comes to a close, students are submitting their final assignments and completing books for their literature classes. Many of us may look forward to taking the next three months off as a break from academia, but if you want to continue exercising your mind in a more relaxed manner, this is the perfect summer to read.
Numerous excuses exist to deter you from reading in the summer: jobs, vacations and general warm-weather busyness, but as Summer 2020 approaches, we are still stuck at home wondering when everything will open. If you are tired of watching hours upon hours of movies and television shows, then it might be a good change of pace to crack open a book. In my opinion, the best part about reading in the summer is the lack of pressure. If your chosen book fails to interest you, it is okay to stop and switch to something else, a liberty you do not have in the classroom. And, when reading for enjoyment rather than school, there is never a time limit.
If you are a serious reader who has given yourself a “book goal” (a certain number of books to read in a certain amount of time, usually a year), it is of maximum importance you do not compare yourself to any other readers. Some people naturally read faster or slower, some are able to comprehend the message of a book only when reading at a more relaxed pace and others may prefer to read for short periods each day. In whichever category you fall in, remember that reading is a personal experience that can be, but does not have to be compared to the experiences of others.
If you do decide to dive into some books this summer, choosing what you want to read can be another obstacle. I personally use the app Goodreads because, not only can you track, rate and review the books you have read, but you can also see what your friends are reading which may motivate you to pick up something new. The app also shows trending books in your favorite genres if you need even more inspiration. If you do not want to use Goodreads or you do not have many friends who are savvy readers, I do have a few recommendations for you.
I mostly stick to non-fiction and fiction books that take place in realistic situations, but I have compiled a list of my favorites in multiple genres. Scroll down to your favorite genre and see if you find a book that interests you!
Historical Fiction: “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay “Sarah’s Key” features two paralleling stories, one of a French-Jewish girl in 1942, and the other focusing on an American journalist 60 years later. This book is full of dark, intriguing secrets that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
*Memoir: “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls I love this book, especially how Walls tells her family’s story of unconditional love and its associated flaws.
*Nonfiction: “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer Krakauer is probably best known for his book, “Into the Wild,” but “Into Thin Air” is just as captivating as it tells the story of an Everest expedition gone terribly wrong.
Romantic Fiction: “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks I am definitely not the biggest fan of romances, but I liked the plot of this one and was pretty entertained!
*Science Fiction: “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World” by Michael Crichton For fans of the movies, the books are even better. Crichton uses detail not to bore the reader, but to enhance his incredible storytelling in this classic novel and its sequel.
*Suspense/Drama: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng This book is filled with twists and turns that will keep you entertained at all times. It was also recently adapted into a Hulu miniseries that you can watch after you finish reading.
Thriller: “Misery” by Stephen King When I read this book, I really liked the intense characterization of not only “Misery’s” protagonist, but its frighteningly alluring antagonist as well.
Young Adult Fiction: “Most Likely” by Sarah Watson “Most Likely” focuses on four friends as they traverse their senior year of high school. It is foreshadowed that one of the friends will become President of the United States, but the reader does not discover which girl it is until the end.
* denotes one of my favorites!