December 3, 2013
Breathe easy fellow college students, winter break is on the horizon. Soon, the sleepless nights and cramming for tests will be replaced with sleeping in and holiday parties. Best of all, you’ll get to break away from the professor-prescribed reading lists and pick up a book that you actually want to read.
If you’re looking for a few good page-turners to keep you preoccupied over the upcoming break, here are some good options:
The Hunger Games Trilogy – We’ll forgive you if you haven’t yet had time to read any of the three Hunger Games books by author Suzanne Collins yet (you are busy with this little thing called school). But now that you have a few weeks free, it’s the perfect time to get hooked with the rest of the world. If for no other reason, than the second movie was just released and it’s definitely better to read before watching.
While these books are pegged as young adult fiction, the theme is anything but. The story follows 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen as she sacrifices herself in place of her sister to fight to the death in front of a live television audience. Katniss is pitted against children from the 12 districts of Panem in an antiquated tradition which has them fighting for their survival. It’s a must read.
A Brave New World – This science-fiction classic by Aldous Huxley may have been written in 1931, but is anything but dated. The story is set in the future where technology has solved so many of life’s daily problems that individuals must distract themselves with a drug called soma. Sex is for recreation not reproduction and flying transportation actually exists. This read never gets old and remains thought provoking.
Gone Girl – Before you pick up this book by Gillian Flynn, make sure you don’t have anything pressing to do, because we can almost guarantee that you won’t be able to put it down before you finish. It’s really that addictive. The story follows married couple Nick and Amy Dunne and begins when Amy suddenly goes missing. We won’t spoil any of the twist and turns that follow by saying any more.
The Stupidest Angel – If you want to get into the holiday spirit while also having a good laugh, check out The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. The story follows Archangel Raziel as he sends the residents of Pine Grove, California into Christmas chaos for a year not to be forgotten.
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