Reading is fun year-round, but there isn’t always time to read for fun during the school year. This makes summer the perfect time to make a list of must read books. In the summertime I like to read as many books as possible from all different genres, so here’s a list of books that I think will be enjoyable this year.
For a Laugh: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I first came across this book because I thought the title was hilarious and I loved Kaling in the TV show, The Office. As I started reading the book, I realized that Kaling and I have quite a bit in common. For instance, she has a chapter on “Irish Exits,” or leaving a party without saying goodbye to anyone. This is something I do at almost every party, because like Kaling says, I feel that it is selfish to make a big dramatic exit.
I love this book because it shares Kaling’s rather unglamorous tales of learned life lessons in a feel-good way. This is a great poolside book, because Kaling’s writing style is relatable and easy to read.
Best Storyline: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Spoiler alert: This book will make you cry. This heartfelt novel shares the story of Hazel, a teenage girl who’s suffered from a tumor for the majority of her life. The book details Hazel’s relationship with a new boy from her cancer support group, Augustus Waters. Hazel’s relationship with Augustus gives her hope, despite her terminal prognosis.
The unpredictably beautiful storyline will have you hooked from the start. What makes this a great summertime read is the recurring message of the book; to appreciate the small things in life. In the midst of all your summer fun, this book provides a timeless reminder to embrace the ephemeral moments of youth.
Cult Classic: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
This book has been out for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered how marvelous it is. My college roommate lent me her copy of the book at the beginning of the year, before the movie came out, and I read it in two days. The book contains a series of letters that the lovable protagonist, Charlie, writes to an anonymous “friend” about finding his group of misfits in high school. My roommate and I quickly bonded over sharing our favorite parts of the book and movie.
It’s the perfect book to read this summer with a friend, because you can discuss it while you’re reading it.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to turn your brain off. Pick up one or two must read books to fill the long, lazy hours at the beach. Take them to school with you and display them proudly on your shelf. They may even help you break the ice with your new roommate or impress a professor in class.
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