Fun Summer Reads

Though the summer may be winding down, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy yourself. Why not try a summer read?

Because I already have required reading. Yes, we hear you. We remember well the days when we got a reading list full of boring books that utterly dashed our hopes for a fun summer.

But, we’ve got some genuinely fun suggestions for you. Whether they help you in class, or help you in life, our Field and Office teams think you’ll actually enjoy reading these. Most are short, some have pictures, and all are entertaining. Enjoy!

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – These stories will help you apply comedic glasses to your life and look back to see the humor of it all. Brosh will also help you look forward to the situations yet to come and better equip you to face the chaos we all fall into from time to time. But at its root, this book is relevant to you because you deserve to laugh and experience moments devoid of work and plunder. So kick back, relax, and get ready for a serious ab workout. –Tyler S.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – I love this book because the plot constantly changes and the novel really leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time you’re reading it. You get so invested in the characters that you just can’t put the book down; you HAVE to keep reading to find out what happens to them. The character development in this novel is phenomenal. The books deals with a lot of different themes and poses a great discussion about the characters’ two differing views on humanity. –Saiqa H.

The Adventures of Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte – I LOVE this series of swashbuckling books! They’re short, easy reads making them perfect for getting in some action and historical fiction between text books. –James D.

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter – This is a totally wild fiction novel about a very unusual family in Ireland. I read this in an English course and loved it. It’s a little more in line with what students have already been reading in class, as there’s a lot of symbolism/imagery/political undertones present in the book, but it’s very engaging, easy to read, and did I mention it’s kind of nuts? –Amina I.

Jennifer Government by Max Barry – I picked this book up because it had a picture of a girl with a barcode tattoo on her face (yes, I judged a book by its cover—and it worked!). This was a phenomenal read about a society where corporations run the world and the general population goes berserk over the latest pair of Nikes. It’s funny, it’s weird, it’s suspenseful, and it’s just a really, really good read. In fact, I should try to find it again…. –Mai M.

Have you already read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions for us?