Whether you have always enjoyed reading, cannot find time for it, or simply hate it, there is always something out there for everyone to read. We have one month left of the semester and then comes summer, but with COVID-19 still rearing its ugly head, everyone is still going to be limited on activities. This is a perfect time to get acquainted with a new book.
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: This book depicts pre-colonial life when the Europeans first came to Nigeria. Truly a great book that everyone should read because it deals with the difficult topic of how people react to change.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Another powerful book with a unique cultural perspective. Set during WWII, where a young girl just wants to read and learn.
- Grendel by John Gardner: This is a weird one. It shows the perspective of the monster from Beowulf, which is extremely interesting and can get you thinking about how there are always two sides.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This book is a classic and presents topics that are ever-present in our society today.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding: An oldie but a goodie. You want to see what happens when a group of schoolboys gets stranded on an island with no supervision? This is the book for you. Fair warning, it is not for the faint of heart.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: Many people were probably forced to read this in high school, but it is a great coming of age novel. A young male who is questioning life and acting out. Can you smell the teenage angst?
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: If you are contemplating how to live a fulfilling life and what the meaning of life is in general this one is for you.
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: This book of poetry is so powerful, especially for the women out there. All the women. It covers violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity in such strong images.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Another book that introduces important topics. If you have not watched the movie, read the book. If you have watched the movie, read the book. It is that good and THAT powerful. This book defines and takes control of pain.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: This title is another one that focuses on women and more specifically their rights under the Taliban. It offers a more intimate perspective of another culture.
Do you still not think you will like any of these books? The Lorax is always a good fallback.