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6 Books You Can Read Over the Summer

With the start of summer and the end of the assignments getting closer and closer, every student is thinking about the best ways to unwind. However, there might be students (like me) who don’t want to hear about books, chapters or written words in general, at least until the start of the next academic year, but at the same time don’t want to let their brain rot over the summer. For those of you out there, who are in this difficult position, here is a list of 6 great books that you can read for pleasure.

The Beach by Alex Garland

For those of you who would like to travel to some exotic location, but don’t have enough money, The Beach is the perfect summer reading. The book enters the world of travelers and adventurers who are always looking for an outwardly experience. A map to a secret beach is at the centre of this story and it will lead the characters to fantastic places and the much sought extraordinary experiences of travelling.  The intensity of the narrative style will leave you with a huge yearning to travel the world or with no intention to leave your country ever again.

The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

This collection of short stories has all the ingredients of a great summer book: unique characters, multicultural settings and unforgettable stories.  The book will carry you to different parts of the world and introduce you to characters whose stories are happy, painful, sometimes fantastic, but ultimately inherently human. Each short story is so diverse that by the time you finish the book, even if you haven’t enjoyed all of them, there will definitely be one that leaves a strong imprint on your reader soul.

Foam of Daze (L’ecume des jours) by Boris Vian

This novel presents a love story unlike any other. When Chloe and Colin fall in love, the whole world seems to partake to their whimsical story. The reader will enter a magical, semi- sci-fi world filled with the innocent, bohemian love of the two characters. The story will absorb you and make you live every emotion at full intensity. It is the sort of book you will read in one go, on a sunny day in the park. It is a great reading experience that perfectly fits the daydream and romanticism of the summer days.

Slaughterhouse 5  by Kurt Vonnegut

Even though the subject of the book is not as relaxing or exotic as the previous ones, the book is so nicely paced and the narration so intimate that it will feel like you are having a nice chat over a cup of coffee with the author. Billy Pilgrim’s war stories are mixed with sci-fi tropes and a tragic humour that make him strangely relatable. In the end, despite the obvious tragedy behind the humour and sarcasm, you will indeed feel as if everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

The crazy love stories of Safran, the grandfather, will take you to a mysterious and whimsical world. At the same time, the grandson, Jonathan, and his search for his grandfather’s past, will bring you back to a melancholic world filled with characters who are trying to understand how family, relationships and living with the past work. Like in the case of Slaughterhouse 5, the themes of the book are quite grim and hard to deal with. However, the narration and the fantasy elements will make it an enjoyable reading that will fill you with warmth and inexplicable happiness.

Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you are looking for different love story, this is the book you’re looking for.  The love between Odenigbo and Olanna, is disrupted by family conflicts, pride, world conflicts and the hardship that comes with them. Besides presenting an original, realistic love story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also gives what feels like an authentic image of Africa. Whatever misconceptions you might have about the country will be changed drastically by this book that will leave you with a strong desire to learn more about the beautiful African culture and its past.

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