Lemony Snicket once said, “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Not a phone, not a tablet, but yes...a book. As a college millennial, it’s not always a matter of whether or not you enjoy reading, rather carving out time to read. But here’s a secret: propping up your feet, lighting a candle, and diving into a made-up story has the same “tuning out the world” effect as binge-watching a Netflix series. You might even learn something about yourself along the way. In case you need to escape the inevitable “what are you doing after graduation?” questions over Thanksgiving break or that research paper looming like a dark cloud over your head - I’ve compiled a list of some page-turners to get lost in.
For when you want to feel like a kid again:
The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
This may be a Children’s/Middle Grades read, but it’s also just plain fun. Two siblings take us on a journey through the Land of Stories - a place where all our childhood favorite fairytales come to life. Simple enough that your brain won’t be working in overdrive, this is a series that rewinds time, leaving your responsibilities behind.
For when you need perspective:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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With nearly half a million ratings on Goodreads, this is a historical fiction novel not to be missed. Set in Paris and Germany during World War II, the story follows two characters from different sides of the conflict taking place in Europe. Heartbreaking, mesmerizing, and metaphorically beautiful - Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See will put your life back in focus.
For when your life is literally starting to feel like a dystopia:
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Nothing says forgetting about your problems and stresses like reading about someone else’s...even if they don’t exist. Red Queen is a dystopian/fantasy read about a world divided by those born with powers and those without. Ridden with lies, action, games, and royalty - this is a story you’ll devour in one sitting.
For when it starts to feel like winter:
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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Larson is a non-fiction author extraordinaire, making you want to read about subject matter that’s never even crossed your mind before. The Devil in the White City centers on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and all of the drama, challenges, and mystery surrounding it. You learn about the architect who made the fair the success it was, as well as the serial killer who is still raising questions today. Curl up with something strong and brave the cold with this non-fiction thriller.
And for when you need to get out of a reading slump:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Whether you haven’t read since high school required you to, or it’s been awhile since you picked up a really good book, there are some stories more than others that make you realize why you love to read in the first place. The Goldfinch is that book for many - for its ability to paint a vivid picture of a boy, then a man, and the illustrious mystery of art and culture. You’ll be reminded of important themes in life, like dealing with loss, that while difficult may just help you understand yourself a little better.
Reading might lose its appeal in college with textbook chapters, footnotes, and annotations to be made, but bring a book with you while you wait for class to start and you may find yourself reminded of the joy of a good book.