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Challenge: Must Read Books for the Summer

Now that it’s finally the end of the semester, there’s more free time for reading that doesn’t involve from a textbook. A good book to get lost in is personally one of my favorite ways to relax, unplug from other distractions, and help my stress melt away. I also love to challenge myself to read a certain number of books every summer. Whether you’re looking for a beach read or something to put you to sleep, if you enjoy reading as well, here are some hot releases for the summer!

If you like mystery/thriller…

  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: this British murder mystery is sure to keep you guessing in solving who or what is behind the disappearance of the women in town

If you like something lighthearted…

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: an unlikely introvert becomes a heroine of the story when she saves an elderly gentleman who helps her find a way to repair her heart

If you like nonfiction/autobiographies….

  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel: based on the extensive interviews with Christopher Knight, a man who lived alone in the woods for 27 years and his story of living a secluded life

If you like something with humor…

  • Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan: a family is driven by their fortune and their heir is locked out of his inheritance, revealing the secrets of the rich problems of Asia’s most privileged families

If you like historical fiction…

  • Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan: two sisters leave their small village in Ireland to journey to America, where they start new lives and after years of silence between the two, are reunited to confront the choices they made long ago

I’m making a goal of reading all of these books this summer. Even if you don’t enjoy reading, try and challenge yourself to find some topic interesting to you and you may find a way to a more relaxed state of mind reading about something personal to you!

Article written by GUADS staff member, Nicole.

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