I know what you (were totally going to) read this summer
With the start of classes just around the corner, the idea of approaching any book not written by Suzanne Collins or E.L. James can be daunting. But as the beach becomes Butler and summer internships become … fall internships?! … it can be incredibly relaxing to unwind with a real live book before “reading” becomes an interminable item on everyone’s to-do list. (Plus, don’t you feel productive when you read something legit?)
So here are a few books you might want to give a try before you give up on your summer goal of “read a book a week.”
This 2010 novel is basically a sober acid trip—the protagonist falls into an alternate universe, where we slowly come to find out that the novel itself is actually a fantastical love story that reaches across huge swaths of space and time. It is definitely an amazing read, and one that will give summer readers hours of heart-stopping, heart-wrenching, and heart-breaking entertainment.
“Moneychangers” by Arthur Hailey
This 1975 novel drips with sophistication and wealth, but corruption and eventual tragedy take their toll on the characters, shedding a concerning light on modern society. If you want to read a book that will make you love and hate the characters as if you were a part of the story, “Moneychangers” will do just that.
Though most of us read “Gatsby” sometime in middle school or high school, it deserves a re-reading, especially with the new film adaptation having been released earlier this year. Reading “Gatsby” at a different age can be a refreshing experience.
This Victorian era novel explores the power of women in a society that seems determined to take their rights while also exploring the human experience in general. Its deep insights will fulfill you, but the fluidity of Faber’s narrative voice will make the pages fly by.
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