Keep Calm and Read On

Hey Badgers!

During this busy time in the school year, it sometimes feels like you have no time to yourself. But, as we all know, self-care is so important and sometimes you just need to take half an hour and relax a little. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, there is no better way to relax than to make a tea (or another warm beverage) and snuggle up with a good book!

Here are some of my book recommendations for the fall:

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

This book is good for students who want to read but don’t want to commit to a novel. Written during her college years at Yale University, “The Opposite of Loneliness” is a collection of nine fiction and nine non-fiction pieces that relate to virtually any young person. From getting her first car to her short fiction pieces about love and lose, Marina allows the reader to see things from her 22-year-old point-of-view and makes the reader feel like a close friend rather than a stranger. The book also includes her award-winning essay “The Opposite of Loneliness”, which she pays homage to the Yale Graduating Class of 2012.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Whether you read this book for leisure or were forced to read it in high school English class, almost everyone has heard about the Lord of the Rings Series. The Hobbit is the prequel of the popular fantasy series and is significantly shorter (at only about 300 pages). Through the beautiful landscapes and the coming-of-age storyline, The Hobbit is an autumn classic that makes you feel cozy and warm during the cold fall weather.

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

Critically-acclaimed author and poet Sarah Kay shares her stories of her youth and the first decade of her career as a writer. Sarah’s poetry brings the reader along on her journey of self-discovery and the world around her. Her point of view is interesting and ever-changing in this collection; she goes from talking about her summers at the cottage to the unlikely love affairs between inanimate household objects (poem titled “Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”). Each piece is also very short, so you can read one or two during a break without the dedication of an entire book.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Five years after his hugely successful novel The Fault in Our Stars, John Green finally released his new book this October. The story flows Aza, a sixteen-year-old girl living with OCD, who goes on an adventure with her best friend, Daisy, to find a mysterious billionaire in each of $100,000. John Green’s writing felt like you were in Aza’s mind and experiencing everything from her point-of-view; John also struggles with OCD, so his writing is very accurate to the real thing. Wither you are a YA fan or not, this book was a page-turner and I, for one, couldn’t put it down!

Reading is just one of the many ways you can calm down and relax a little bit between study sections or at the end of a busy day. Stay tuned for next time when I will be discussing my book recommendations for the holiday season.

Hope you all have a great last few weeks of the fall semester!

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