Reading For Fun Again : Top 10 Books All Incoming Freshman Should Read

By: Olivia Werenski ‘17/ Champlain College News

Now that you’ve graduated high school, you thought that your days of summer reading were over, right? Well, they shouldn’t be! Think about the last time you read a book for FUN. That’s what these books aim to do, while also giving you a bit of insight into college and growing up. Also, getting a break from some screen time can’t be too bad either. Check out some of my picks below:

-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald– A classic cautionary tale of love, money, and ultimately, downfall. Everyone should read this once in their lifetime.

-Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler- It’s worth buying on the Audible app for exclusive content and to hear the book 20910157read by Poehler; However, this book gives you a private insight into the author’s life and tells the tale of struggle and bliss with a heavy dose of humor and life lessons on the side. Plus, if you love Parks and Rec as much as I do, this will give you a temporary fix with behind- the- scenes content.

-Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed- Another wildly popular book because of a recent movie. With the death of her mother and ending of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed makes the decision to get her life back together and hike the Pacific Crest Trail, one of the hardest in the country, armed with a tiny backpack and no experience.

-Everyday by David Levithan- A fictional first-hand account of literally walking in someone else’s shoes. The novel gives you the mindfulness to understand other people’s lives and was actually a required reading in one of my sophomore year core classes. Proof that love knows no gender.

-Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert- Ok, I know, I know. Stereotypical. Whenever you have a big life event, people tell you to read this book and you’re supposed to have some sort of ~**wisdom**~ trickle down on you from the heavens. So not what you should expect, BUT it is a really great book and is sure to give you some serious wanderlust.

-How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman- Nothing is too simple for this book, like we’re talking scrambled eggs and pasta easy and it could really help you out for those midnight munchies.

-This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison- Based on the hit NPR program by the same name, this book features 80 Americans–from the famous to the unknown–completing the thought that the book’s title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not onlOh,_the_Places_You'll_Goy how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

-The Maze Runner by James Dashner- Can you sense a theme here? I’m a sucker for some dystopian drama. Cliffhangers and unanswered questions are this series’s specialty and you’ll fall in love with almost every single character (the worst and the best feeling ever). Bonus: The movie stays true to the book pretty well.

-Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff- Fourteen-year-old LaVaughn begins working as a babysitter for Jolly, a teenage high-school dropout who is barely scraping by while raising her two young children.

-Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss- As the book says, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Sounds like some excellent pre-college pump up motivation.

You can find most of these titles at the Miller Information Commons. Check out their page here.

We at Champlain can’t wait to see you in the fall! (I’ll be one of your excited orientation leaders!!!), and check out this link for more information about coming in the fall.