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Your Light Summer Reading List

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCD chapter.

I think we can all agree that we are just about done analyzing theories, highlighting textbooks, and filling out pages and pages of notes. It can be easy to forget that reading in our own time, on our own terms, is actually fun, relaxing, and something to look forward to. Here are some ideas for light, enjoyable, and exciting reads for summer vacation!

1. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

After his mother disappears, eleven-year-old Deming moves upstate and is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. The novel switches between Deming and his mother Polly, changing settings between New York and China, and promises to be an engaging read.

2. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

One of my favorite books, this tells the story of Trevor Noah’s childhood in South Africa and the significant role his mother played in his life and the way he looks at the world. The audiobook is read by Noah and his comical, sincere reading is perfect for a long car ride.

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

This book, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the intertwining stories of a blind French girl and German boy during World War II.

4. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Almost all the water has dried up in Southwest America and water is now a valuable commodity. This promises to be an exciting dystopian read for the summer!

Enjoy your light reading this summer, collegiettes!

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Mariana graduated from University of California, Davis in 2018 with bachelor's degrees in English and linguistics. She currently works as an editor for a biotechnology company in Seattle, WA.
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