10 books to read while you have a break from required reading

10 books to read while you have a break from required reading

Summer break is right around the corner, which, for most students, means no more required reading! Here are 10 books to check out.

Above, photo by Robert Kinlaw.

Summer break is right around the corner, which, for most students, means no more required reading! A break from academia is the perfect time to dive into a new book. So whether you’re on the beach, jetting off to another country for study abroad or just lying on your couch, here are 10 books to get into this summer.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Teenager Starr Carter is forced to face the reality of being a person of color in America after witnessing a friend being shot by a police officer. Even though it’s written in typical young adult fashion, the topics in this novel are anything but juvenile.

The Nix – Nathan Hill 

A man’s estranged mother comes back into his life after committing a publicized crime, forcing him to relearn everything he knew to be true about himself and his mother.

Milk & Honey – Rupi Kaur

Ever wanted to start reading poetry but didn’t know where to get started? If so, this is the book for you. Filled with short poems about love, loss and healing accompanied by minimalistic illustrations, the  simple eloquence of “Milk and Honey” will captivate you.

The Responsible Company – Yvon Chouinard, Vincent Stanley

Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard reflects upon the first 40 years of the company alongside Vincent Stanley, co-editor of its “Footprint Chronicles” website, which shows how Patagonia clothes are made. This book explains the impact of consumerism of the environment and what business owners can do to make their companies more eco-friendly.

The Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Hamer

Single mother Beth finds herself on a mission to find her 8-year-old daughter after her sudden disappearance. Reminiscent of popular thriller novels such as “The Girl on the Train,” this book is a page-turner.

Bad Feminist: Essays – Roxane Gay

A collection of essays that are both political and personal, “Bad Feminist” is a harsh look at the intricacies of our culture.

March (A Trilogy) – John Lewis

Written by Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, the “March” books follow Lewis along his path to achieving equality in the United States. Presented in a graphic novel format, the books’ simple dialogue and detailed illustrations are sure to please.

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Reporter Camille Preaker is forced to return to her hometown to cover two murders, but is faced with some troubling information about her own past. Often overshadowed by Flynn’s more famous book, “Gone Girl,” “Sharp Objects” has the same suspenseful and slightly disturbing nature that makes it hard to turn away.

The Leavers – Lisa Ko

Deming’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, leaves for work one morning and never returns. Told from both the perspective of the 11-year-old and his mother, this novel is a story of parental love and belonging.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Renowned scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers an introduction to the universe in clear, witty chapters that are fun and easy to read.

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