Umbrellas up, books open: Summer reading ‘it’ list

Heading to the beach is one relaxing way to enjoy this summer, but a good book could lure you into a relaxing trance while you enjoy some fun in the sun.

On your quest to beat the summer heat, icy drinks like lemonade and iced tea might solve the problem. Another solution is the novel, Blake Crouch’s “Abandon.” Placed as one of the top horror bestsellers on Amazon, the novel tells the terrors of when the past comes back to haunt.”

Aside from a good horror story, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell will transport you into a different time, allowing you to forget the heat. “It is a page turner,” Gabrielle Henderson, a freshman Spanish major, said.

What would be better than embracing reality with John Green’s “Paper Towns”? This mystery novel explores the concept of growing up. “The storyline is easy to follow and exciting,” Sarah Luczak, a freshman nursing major, said. Victoria Yakubovich, a freshman nursing major, having read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” on the beach, recommends it as a must read. Written by Rebecca Skloot, this non-fiction gives facts on Lacks and her immortal cell line, HeLa as well as issues of race in medical research.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” is a memoir dedicated to sociology professor, Morrie Schwarts. In this memoir, Mitch Albom recounts the time he spent with his 78-year old professor, who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

If you want to find some inner quietness, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman is the summer book for you. The book talks about personal success in narrative form.

While, “Flowers for Algernon” is a science-fiction novel written by Daniel Keyes about scientific experiments on the mentally ill, discussing morals and ethics. Rachael Kelley, a freshman public relations major, said that the book has a little of everything and would be perfect for summer.

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Author: Staff Writer

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