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Your Summer 2013 Reading List


School’s out for the summer, so it’s the perfect time to kick back and bask in the sunshine with a good (non-required!) book. Pick your favorite genre, get out your lawn chairs, sit back, and enjoy. Browse through the collection of titles below to find something that peaks your interest!


The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

This time-tested tale of opulence and excess takes place during the Roaring Twenties. Read the book, then check it out on the silver screen – the film stars Tobey Maguire and the always amazing Leo DiCaprio.



Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg

In this popular new non-fiction book, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s CEO, explores why women continue to achieve fewer leadership roles than men, despite the fact that they are now more educated. Perfect for any undergraduate with her eye on her future career goals.



Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris

David Sedaris will have you in stitches with every anecdote. As usual, he makes seemingly ordinary stories about himself and his family into hilarious adventures. Recommended if you’re in need of a good laugh.



World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks

Called “hard to put down” and “gripping,” this novel is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The fast-paced adventure is infused with political satire and critiques of some of our current politicians. Intriguing!


By a Celebrity

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling

You’ve probably already watched her on The Office or her own show, The Mindy Project, so you know she’s hilarious. Her first solo book documents her life as she sees it – and that’s guaranteed to be funny.



Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier

This book explores the ways in which the digital age has affected the economy, especially the middle class. Will the future belong to the Internet, or to us? Read to find out.


Light & Fun

Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella

If you liked the Shopaholic series, you’ll love this new novel by the same author. Romantic, silly, and light, this novel will be a delightful addition to your summer reading.



Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Set in the United States, England, and Nigeria, this novel follows three separate characters as they navigate the rocky terrains of love, race, and identity. Highly recommended by critics and readers alike.

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