Reading is a pastime that many people enjoy, but not many people get the opportunity to pursue. For undergraduates, reading for pleasure almost does not exist during the year because of all the reading we have to do for class. The summer is the perfect time to catch up on your pleasure reading, so here are my summer reading recommendations for undergraduates.
- Gone With the Wind. This book is the story of the civil war and the end of the Old South, told from the perspective of a Southern woman. This is a timeless and classic novel that shows the strength of females and also tells one of the most wonderful love stories of all time. If you have seen the movie, I recommend it even more, as there are many things that they had to cut out and it is well worth the read.
- Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Many people are familiar with the 1960’s movie starring the wonderful Audrey Hepburn, but not many people realize that this story was originally a book. It follows a lonely, mysterious young lady as she takes on the big city and charts her own course of adventure. Discover the truth behind the love story, and learn how originally this was a story of independence rather than a story of love. There are vast differences between the book and the movie so, if you have time, give this a read.
- Animal Farm . This is a great allegory that uses animals to explain the Russian Revolution in a simplified manner. This story is wonderful to read while explaining the rise of communism and how the revolution worked.
- Les Miserables. Before it was a musical and before it was a movie, it was a book. This is a story about hard times, the failure of even the best of humanity, redemption, loss, devotion, love and idealism. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I highly recommend taking time to read it.
- The Beautiful and the Damned. Everyone has heard of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, but this is his lesser-known work about the corruption and idleness of the rich. This story tells the story of morality, love and the disillusionment that comes with war.
- And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks. This is a wonderful, true crime novel that analyzes human nature and the struggle of human existence. This is a story all about the bohemian life, the idleness of mankind and how denial, fear and anger can corrupt even the most incorruptible.
- Wuthering Heights. This is a beautiful and tragic love story; a wonderful tale of the love between two children, ruined by miscommunication and missed opportunity. It is about revenge, love, and endless devotion.