Hey, English folks!
The semester is FINALLY coming to an end! It’s almost that time to put away our textbooks and pull out our favorite pillows because summer is here and we all know what that means: SLEEP!
Just kidding. (But really…)
Besides catching up on my sleep, I plan on doing a lot of new and exciting things this summer like reading all the books I NEVER had time to read during the semester. Between the assigned readings, the ten-page papers, and the endless homework assignments, I have very little to read books I actually want to read. There are studies that have been done proving that college students don’t have enough time to read any of the things they actually want to read. Click here to know more.
So, I plan on spending my summer days, sitting in the sun catching up on my growing reading list. Here are the Ten Best Book I’ve NEVER Read.
This mysterious spin-off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice begins six years after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s wedding. All is grand in the Darcy household until Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia, visits one day, crying over the murder of her husband, Mr. Wickham. Being OBSESSED with all things Jane Austen, I purchased this novel at Half Price Books in hopes of rekindling my love for Mr. Darcy, but my homework demanded attention. The next thing I knew, Death Comes to Pemberley was collecting dust on my bookshelf. I plan to find out who killed Mr. Wickham this summer!
Being a military kid (and a Bradley Cooper fan), I was first in line to see the movie based on the “most lethal sniper in U.S. Military history”. I know everyone has their own opinions about the movie, but I personally enjoyed it and wanted to know more about Chris Kyle. I bought this book at my local Target and got halfway through until school became too hectic. American Sniper has been keeping my bookmark nice and cozy, waiting for me to finish the rest of its pages.
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”–Enough said!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Combs at the SOKY Book Fest this past month. Her book was recommended to me by a former professor, so I went over to her table and asked her about her work. I also attended a panel where she spoke and gave comical advice for the inspiring writers in the room. Breakfast Served Anytime caught my attention because it’s based on the program Governor School of the Arts (GSA) aka “Geek Camp”. I thought it would be neat to read a story set in Kentucky based on a program a lot of my friends had attended. I’m hoping to learn more about “Geek Camp” and Sarah Combs this summer.
My best friend, Kristen, sent a message in our #FABULOUS group message we have with our other best friend, Emily, asking if we could all read the same book this summer and talk about it.
“Kinda like a book club,” she sent.
Emily mentioned The Group; a book about eight graduates who are getting ready to embrace adult life and discover the hard truth about growing up. My friends felt that we each could really relate to the novel and be able to take away something that would pertain to our lives. I guess we’ll find that out this summer.
I first heard of Marina Keegan as the Yale graduate who died in a car crash as she was heading home for her parents anniversary. As tragic as that was, I never really paid attention to the name until I saw The Opposite of Loneliness at Barnes and Noble. The introduction was a speech that she had written to her graduating class about them embarking on a new journey outside of Yale. Her speech was inspiring and completely true; I found myself spellbound by her words in the middle of the bookstore. The book features Keegan’s short stories and essays that she had written during her time at Yale. I only had time to skim thorugh each story, but her speech was what drew me in.
“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”
With a quote like that, how could you not want to keep reading?
I’ve started this book three different times!! I am bound and determine to finish this 800+ page novel!
My best friend’s mom always recommends me books and her next recommendation was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I also had the pleasure of seeing Gabaldon at the SOKY Book fest during her panel time, talking about her famous book series and the Showtime take on them. The panel was interesting, and I checked out the first book at the local library (yes, I still check out books), but college made it impossible to finish. I plan on checking it out again and finishing the wild tale.
The Four Agreements are:
- Be Impeccable With Your Words
- Don’t Take Anything Personally
- Don’t Make Assumptions
- Always Do Your Best
My boss recommended the book to me, saying how the agreements Don Miguel Ruiz talks about can really change your perspective on a numerous of things in your life. We all go through troubling times and these four agreements can help us navigate ourselves through those times.
My mom read this book about a two years ago and told me it was one of the best books she’s ever read in her life. It asks its readers to think about themselves and ask the question, what wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? I picked up the book and read bits and pieces when she wasn’t reading and I REALLY enjoyed the lecture. I’m hoping to continue reading his lecture this summer
If your interested in any of the books I listed, you can click on them and it’ll take you their Amazon.com page.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer to be here. This reading list is calling my name and I’m ready to finish each and every story. So, good luck on your Finals, everyone! The end is almost here. I hope your summer will be just as fun as mine.