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THE HC TEAM WEIGHS IN: Summer Reading

Want to know what’s going through the HC team’s head? Check in here every other week to see what the HC Team has to say about seasons, trends, news, etc. This week we’re sharing our picks for summer reading! Let us know yours by leaving a comment below!

I just finished reading “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and it was by far one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story was so compelling I read it in two days flat! And now I have a perfect excuse to Netflix the movie! I’m also in the middle of reading “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer, a true story about a journalist who spent a year training his brain. It’s both eye opening, educational and a great read — highly recommended!
– Rachel Kossman, Contributing Writer, Northeastern University

I just finished “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, which was absolutely amazing!  I loved reading about “Dr. Greg” and how he is truly fighting for peace by building schools in the Middle East.  It was recommended to me by multiple friends and family members, but I didn’t get a chance to read it until this summer. Next I plan on reading either “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett or “How to Save Your Own Life” by Erica Jong.  I keep a long list of the books I want to read, but never actually get to reading them until the summer.
– Allison Lantero, Contributing Writer, Boston College
 
I just began reading “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana De Rosnay. It’s a fictional story based around events happening in France during the Holocaust, which I hadn’t been aware of. I already love the way it bounces back and forth between 1942 and 2002, and the story pulled me in from the beginning.
– Sarah Weinberg, Contributing Writer, San Diego State University

I read “Siberian Education” by Nicolai Lilin in the time between school finishing and the summer school program I was involved in beginning and was in awe. It’s so hard to believe that this is a true story, but the way it was written and the choice in details all make it amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves a good story and can handle a decent amount of grotesque details.
– Peter Frankman, Campus Writer, University of Iowa
 
I’m finishing “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and I’ve read the first two books of the Stieg Larsson series. They’re written so well; it’s a challenge to put them down rather than to read them!
– Ashley Henninger, Design Associate, University of Missouri 

I’m currently reading “Life” by Keith Richards and it’s fantastic. You really feel like you know the Rolling Stones better just after reading the first chapter. The writing style is great, very organic, and you get a sense that you’re actually having a conversation with Keith Richards. I’d definitely recommend this autobiography for anyone who loves the Stones, Keith Richards, or just anyone looking for good stories exploring the lives of some of the most famous and influential rock and rollers in history. I’m going through a autobiography/biography phase right now and have Rob Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and Tommy Lee’s “Tommyland” lined up next to read!
– Valentina Palladino, Contributing Writer, Syracuse University

I re-read Jodi Picoult’s book “The Pact” at the beginning of the summer and I recommend it, as well as Picoult’s other books, to everyone who asks. “The Pact” is a remarkable love story — it’s not the typical sappy romance but it is definitely powerful. Picoult also writes in very unique and engaging style as she writes each individual chapter from a specific character’s point of view.
– Kelsey Thorn, Design and Media Team Associate, Skidmore College
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So far this summer I’ve read “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “Getting Stoned with Savages” by J. Maarten Troost. I’m planning to read “The New New Journalism” by Robert S. Boynton, “Bossypants” by Tina Fey, and “Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult. One of my favorite things about summer is all the time I have to read books I’m actually excited about, and it’s a perfect time to read books that relate to my field as well as fun beach reads. I recommend “Water for Elephants” whether you’ve seen the movie or not, it’s very different from the movie and is beautifully written. If you’re interested in traveling, check out “Getting Stoned with Savages” and other books by J. Maarten Troost!
– Kayla Riley, Contributing Writer, University of Maine

Currently I am reading “god is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens. Though I am only halfway through, I would highly recommend this book because Hitchens is a brilliant writer and regardless of your beliefs, this book will challenge you to think and will give you greater insight on not just religious subjects, but also political, philosophical, social and more.
– Alice Chen, Editorial Intern, Emory University
 
Between classes and jobs, summer is my definitely my time catch up on leisure reading! I’ve been re-reading “Mists of Avalon” every summer since I was 14 years old. I just love that book — it’s perfect summer reading. The author, Marion Zimmer Bradley, does an amazing job reinterpreting Arthurian legends from the point-of-view of Camelot’s women Guinevere and Morgan. Plus, it’s over 800 pages long, so it lasts through the summer! As for books I’d like to read — Tina Fey’s memoir “Bossypants” is definitely on my to-do list. I’ve always loved her sense of humor and down-to-earth personality. It follows Tina through her awkward years as a girl, teenager, and college girl at the University of Virginia. And who doesn’t love Tina Fey?
– Alexandra Churchill, Contributing Writer, University of New Hampshire
 

I just finished reading “Something Borrowed” which is a novel by Emily Giffin that recently became a movie. It’s a fun, lighthearted beach read about two friends who are in love with the same guy, and the writing style is light hearted, honest and funny. I was a big fan. I am also reading “The Happiness Project”, a NYT Best Seller by Gretchen Rubin that chronicles her effort to find greater happiness in her everyday life. It sounds cliché, but it’s been a great read so far and it’s given me great insight into how to live my summer life in a more relaxed and purposeful way.
– Jenni Whalen, Contributing Writer, Bucknell University
 
Now that I finally have some spare time I’m picking up “Be Your Own Best Publicist.” I’ve wanted to read the book ever since Her Campus profiled Jessica Kleiman in their “How She Got There” series!
– Alaine Perconti, Contributing Writer, Miami University

Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.  
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