As college students, we spend a good majority of our time reading: reading textbooks, reading academic journals, reading online articles. But what about the books we actually enjoy reading? I know for me, one of my favorite pastimes is curling up with a good book and letting the words work their magic. Here are just a few must read books that you have to check out for yourself!
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This one is an obvious classic. Full of old time charm and elegance, The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite novels. The movie is great, but the book is better. The thing I love the most about this American classic is that you can read it over and over, yet find something new to love about it each time.
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: Once again, this is a book where the movie just can’t do it justice. Sara Gruen knew what she was doing when she wrote this piece of enticing literature. The adventurous, romantic storyline will keep anyone wanting for more.
3. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: Of all the memoirs I have read, this is hands down my favorite. I repeat, this book is a must read! I have never gotten as caught up in a book as I did while reading The Glass Castle. The novel is a true story about a troubled family that will have your eyes wide the entire time you read it.
4. The Shining by Stephen King: What better book to read at Halloween time than Stephen King’s classic, The Shining? This suspense filled novel will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading. Full of sinister twists and turns, the Shining is worth reading again and again.
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: There are few books that can warm your heart, make you laugh and make you cry all within the same page. The Help is not only a classic because of its excellent writing, but also because it educates readers on America’s history while keeping them enthralled in an excellent storyline.
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Okay, hear me out on this one. I, like most students, was required to read this book in high school and felt like I was going to die of boredom. However, I reread the classic Jane Austen novel as a more educated, open minded college student, and absolutely fell in love!
I highly suggest picking up one or all of these must read books at eCampus.com. But if these don’t fit your fancy, check out our other popular fiction titles that are on sale now!
Aside from the Hunger Games series, which is a book series I am all for by the way, there are tons of books that should be on your list to read while on the beach (or commuting to an internship or work).
Ever have that social awkwardness where a book in referenced and everyone laughs or adds their opinion and you are just left nodding along? Reading some classics can prevent that. If Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth are a little too high school for you, Homers The Odyssey may not be the best choice for you. Head to the library or bookstore (yes, some of those still exist) and pick up a few different classics. Look for authors Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. See if any of their styles appeal to you. Each of them have multiple books that have become classics, thus if you find an author you like, you can continue reading classics by that author.
If not, check out some of these classics:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Now when someone says “Big Brother is watching” or “who are you, Holden Caulfield?” you will understand what they are saying. If you’re looking to go for titles that are recently popular, you could go mainstream and keep track of The New York Time’s Best Seller List. Right now, Fifty Shakes of Grey by E. L. James seems to be what everyone is reading.
Just like music, there are classics, mainstream, and your specific taste that may take time to figure out, but when you find an author you like, it is worth it. It is just like music in this sense. You may have to listen to some things you’re not really a fan of, but just like you know within a minute or two of listening to a band, you know if you like them or not. Try to head to an updated library or a bookstore and browse. Ask someone who works there to recommend an author based on an author or two you know you like.
If you have a Nook or other eReader, in most cases, you can read a sample of a book before buying it. You can also browse and check out the books they recommend for you.
Reading has sort of become a lost cause. Nowadays everyone would rather go see a movie or watch television. Most of the time people think it’s silly or “nerdy” to read books. But in reality, the books people ignore have been turned into movies, movies that are selected for many awards. Actually, a lot of the movies that are nominated for the Academy Awards this year, from Best Picture to Sound Editing, were actually books first! Here are all the books to movies that have been nominated for awards (some of them have different titles, so in that case I put both):
- Hugo: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Directing Nominees, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Sound Editing
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
- Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Actor in Leading Role: Brad Pitt, Actor in Supporting Role: Jonah Hill
- The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
- Best Picture, Directing Nominees, Film Editing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Actor in Leading Role: George Clooney
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Best Picture
- Actor in Supporting Role: Max von Sydow
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction, Music, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Best Picture
- Actress in Leading Role: Viola Davis, Actress in Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
- Actress in Leading Role: Rooney Mara
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel by John Le Carré
- Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Actor in Leading Role: Gary Oldman
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Costume Design
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Art Direction, Makeup,
- Ides of March: Farragut North by Beau Willimon
- Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The fact that these books were good enough to be turned into movies AND nominated for the Academy Awards says a lot. I’m certain you have seen one of these movies, if not all. And since they have been nominated for an award, they had to have been good movies, right? So if you have seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it, why not pick up the book that inspired it!
Now, when you finish reading the books that are already movies, you’re probably going to wonder what to do next. Well, that’s where I can help! Every year there are tons of books to movies and I have a list of some for 2012, just for you. This year it’s time to be a step ahead and pick up the book before you see the movie!
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader
- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton
- The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes by Jay Anson
I’m reading Biology
Back to school is a stressful and exciting time for everyone whether you are entering college, starting high school, or heading back on the elementary school bus. What most of us don’t think about, however, is the millions of school kids in America that can’t afford new items like dependable book bags, notebooks, and pencils. In many cases school supplies list can amount up to $200 extra; a feat which is unreachable for many underprivileged families.
This back to school season, we encourage you to donate your old items like books, book bags, and art supplies as well as new items like pens, pencils, and paper. If you don’t have reading materials to donate try purchasing discount books at thrift stores, goodwill, or clearance books on eCampus.
We also recommend a giving spirit with everything you do to gear up for back to school. Many companies include donations to a variety of charities with every purchase. For example, eCampus is sponsoring 4 clean water initiatives in northern Ethiopia. Find out your favorites and start feeling good about yourself with the choices you make.
Nikki the Intern
I am reading Accounting
As a student in college I am always using books, whether it be for class or just for fun reading. I’ve recently stumbled upon some alternative uses for any extra reading material you might be finished with or just have laying around.
Furniture gets dirty in college so new clean stuff is always good to have. Check out this pic of some furniture made out of old books.
Old books as art. Creative minds can create some crazy stuff, check out this book art.
And if you are like me and don’t have time to do something creative with your books, sell them back to eCampus.com for cash.
I am reading Understanding Human Communication