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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles is a historical fiction novel influenced by Homer’s epic, The Iliad. Achilles, a brilliant half-god and the son of goddess Thetis and King Peleus, is lauded as the greatest warrior in Greek mythology. His claim to fame is his one flaw: the Achilles heel. This book centers on the relationship between him and Patroclus, a banished prince who finds his home at the court of King Peleus. This modern adaptation of Greek mythology is a wonderful read in the midst of the pandemic. It offers an escape into the mystical and theological world of Greece in the age of heroes, while also addressing important and relevant topics. This novel is inspiring and beautiful, and serves as a great read for future authors. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology by indulging in this magical novel about Achilles!

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated is a 2018 memoir written by Tara Westover about her experiences living in a Mormon survivalist family and her journey to receive an education. This riveting novel sheds light on experiences unfamiliar to many. Educated deals with tough topics, but remains an inspiring page turner. Many students may be feeling burnt out as a result of the pandemic. However, this book may bring more vigor to school or university related tasks because it reminds readers of the power of education.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

If you are looking for a laugh and a quick read, Solutions and Other Problems is the book for you. This graphic novel is the sequel to Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and contains select stories about everyday life recounted in an entertaining way. The humor puts life into perspective and eases tension. The short form and quirky visuals will let you fly through this graphic novel!

Julia Kirkland is a senior at Loyola Marymount University pursing a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish.
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