This time of the year can be overwhelming with all the exams, papers, etc., but now you have some time to read (for fun!) over Thanksgiving break! I’m the type of person that will spend every waking moment of a break catching up on a book that doesn’t involve any type of philosophy or gender theory. Assuming there are more people like me out there, here are some books you should spend your time at home reading.
For the mystery lover… Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
If you’re reading this article and you haven’t yet read Gone Girl, you need to right now. Gone Girl chronicles the disappearance of a woman on her fifth wedding anniversary from both her perspective and her husband’s. Throughout the novel, you see both sides struggling to deal with the pain of their marriage up to that point and how they confront the difficulties of dealing with her disappearance. I promise that you’ll love it.
For the history lover… The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Paris Wife is told from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. In the novel, you read about all the ups and downs of the marriage during their time spent living in Paris. Some of the characters include Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as Gertrude Stein. For the literature lover, getting behind the story of the writer’s life is fascinating.
For the romance lover… A Fault In Our Stars by John Green
NOTE: Read this with the knowledge that you will cry. The first scene starts in a cancer support group for teens – need I say more? The relationship between Gus and Hazel is too cute and John Green is such an amazing author. I promise you’ll love it, but read it somewhere alone…
For the classics lover… A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn chronicles the life of Francie Nolan, a young girl living in Brooklyn from the time she is 11 until she turns 17. Any college girl who hasn’t read this book definitely needs to. While most of the actual events Francie goes through we won’t ever experience, the lessons are true and you will find yourself feeling everything Francie feels.
For the fantasy lover… A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
This is definitely an ambitious read, but if you like the television series, the books are worth your time. I found myself reading the first one this summer and although I’m not done with the series, I definitely will continue to read the rest. For those of you who don’t know the storyline, it is very complicated and you should just Youtube the TV show trailer. Trust me, it will be worth your time.