I’m a book nerd. You know the type. The kind that carries at least two books with her everywhere she goes, even though she knows she won’t crack one. Yep, that’s me. Winter break is a great time in college level bibliophiles such as myself because it finally gives us the opportunity to read freely without being interrupted by concerns about lingering papers and exams. As such, I’ve compiled a list of books to read this month before school starts and I get bogged down with assignments.
1. Reached by Ally Condie
I’m in the middle of reading this one right now. It’s the final installment in a dystopian young adult trilogy. This trilogy, named The Matched Trilogy after the first book in the series (the second is called Crossed). I won’t give away too much since this is the last book in the trilogy, but it follows a young girl, named Cassia, who lives in a Society that controls everything from what they eat, to what they do for fun, to who they marry, and ultimately, when they die. These stories are about her and her two(!) love interests, Xander, her long time friend and her “match” and Ky, an outcast of sorts of the Society and their rebellion against an unfair and unjust ruling system.
2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This is my book club’s selection this month. This is an iconic Beat work and is considered by many to be an absolute must read. On the Road is a novel based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the country. A recent film adaptation starring Kristen Stewart can be seen in movie theaters now!
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Jane Austen is my favorite author and I’ve read all of her books, but for some reason something always happens when I hit the midpoint in this one that prevents me from finishing it. By the end of this month, I will finish it. I promise you that. Persuasion tells the story of a couple in love, driven apart by the opinion of the female protagonist’s friend and their struggle to listen to their heart.
4. Looking For Alaska by John Green
I’m a new passenger on the John Green train. A few months ago, one of my friends told me I just had to read The Fault in Our Stars so I did, and ended up devouring it in a night. It was just one of those books that leaves you emotionally changed and I loved it. I hear that John Green’s other novels have the similar heart wrenching effect that I love, so I’m really looking forward to this one!
5. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I’m obsessed with the Tudor dynasty. Really, I am. There, I’ve said it. It’s all very fascinating to me. I love the movie, so when I heard it was adapted from a book I knew that I just had to read it. Actually, I don’t know too many books about the Tudors, if you do, suggestions are definitely welcome in the comments.
What are some books on your reading list this month?