CAMPUS LIFE Victor the beaver's guide to the interwebs

7 books that will change your life this summer

Jun 19 2014 at 2:30 pm by

Now that summer break is here, it’s finally time to start reading for pleasure. But with so many books out there, how do you pick what to read? Maybe you want to be entertained. Or maybe you want to be entertained, inspired, and educated all at the same time. If so, then consider these 7 life-changing reads:

1. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

7 books that will change your life this summer - The Bell Jar

Most college students struggle with the issue of identity. Questions like, “Where do I want to go in life and why?” are common. Through Plath’s honest semi-autobiographical account of her early life in The Bell Jar, she addresses questions of identity, womanhood and independence, offering important insights into her readers’ lives by describing the struggles of her own.

Get it here.

2. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

7 books that will change your life this summer - The Fault in our Stars

Although this novel is categorized as a young adult book, it’s actually appropriate and significant to readers of all ages. By presenting us with a poignant story of two terminally ill teenagers who fall in love, John Green teaches us all a lesson about the value and fragility of life and the importance of those to whom we are closest. This book is now a major motion picture, so you can see it in theatres after you finish it!

Get it here.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

7 books that will change your life this summer - The Book Thief

Set in Nazi Germany, The Books Thief is a story of a foster child who has a thirst for reading in a time when literature was being destroyed by Nazi Germany. This book will give you a greater appreciation for literature, life, love and all other worldly pleasures that were less easily accessible during WWII.

Get it here.

4. The Giver – Lois Lowry

7 books that will change your life this summer

The Giver is a story of a boy who gradually learns that the utopian world he lives in, free from pain and worry, is actually a dystopia. The novel reveals that in order to find beauty and value in our lives, we must have the painful imperfections that come along with it. The Giver is also being made into a film, which will be released this summer, so if you haven’t read the book yet now’s the time.

Get it here.

5. Bossypants – Tina Fey

7 books that will change your life this summer

Bossypants is Tina Fey’s story of how her dream to work in TV became a reality. It’ll give you the insight and inspiration you need to chase your own dreams. Not to mention you’ll be laughing from cover-to-cover.

Get it here.

6. The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

7 books that will change your life this summer

A story of one boy who must live alongside a tiger in a small lifeboat, The Life of Pi proves the value of storytelling, and the will to survive even in the most seemingly hopeless circumstances. Read the book for the rich story and then see the movie for the award-winning visuals.

Get it here.

7. The Goldfinch – Donna Tart

7 books that will change your life this summer

Although this novel is long, it’s absolutely worth reading. It takes you through a boy’s difficult childhood – beginning with a tragedy – to his adulthood where he’s propelled into the underworld of art. The book gives you a greater appreciation for art, family and the fight for survival in arduous times.

Get it here.

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>