A & L Desk Recs: Must-Read Books

Illustration by Grace Everett | photo editor

By Ariane Lewis | Arts and Life Editor

Finding reading time for free time in college can be very difficult at times. If you can find a 20-minute break, the biggest problem is finding what to read. do not worry! A&L office and friends are here to provide some of our favorite book recommendations.

Ariane Lewis | Arts and Life Editor Rachel Royster | Editor in Chief

“Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Irian: I will always recommend this book, because honestly it was the first book I’ve read outside of class in years. It made me happy to read again, and it was so easy to read. It has many elements that I consider a good read: romance, drama, death, and evolution.

Rachel: My desk, window sill and chest under my TV are all stacked with books, but “Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” has a special place next to my bed next to the book I’m currently reading. It’s the only book in my Goodreads account to have five stars and a review, which says a lot because I usually refuse to leave reviews for anything. This fast-paced fantasy novel pulled me further every time I thought I had figured out the whole plot. It stole my attention away from Netflix, friends, and the Irish scene I was surrounded by during summer You won’t hear me complain a little.

Avery Balmain | Art and life writer

“Everything is Everything” by Nicola Yun

I’m not the biggest bookworm, but when I have time I love reading romance novels for young adults. My favorite book I’ve read is “Everything is Everything” by Nicola Yun. This book is about an immunocompromised girl who can’t go out because she is going to get very sick. However, she falls in love with the boy next door and escapes her bubble to be with him. The author’s writing is beautiful, and there are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book.

Emma Weidmann | Art and life writer

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Wild rides, poetry, jazz, horrible, untenable main characters – if you like these four things, I have a feeling you’ll love “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. This is one of those books that spoke to a generation of exhausted, anti-cultural rebels in their mid-twentiesThe tenth century. She spoke to me with her sense of adventure and enjoyed the chaotic, chaotic lives of her characters. On the Road is a book you can live by.

Rohi Thapar | Trainee in Arts and Life

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This is a wonderful book that combines rich historical fiction, mystery and fantasy. It’s poignant, superbly written, and nearly impossible to put down. I highly recommend.

Clay Thompson | Trainee in Arts and Life

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

Yes, that was a book before it was made into a movie and Netflix adaptations. A perfect book just in time for a spooky season, “The Haunting of Hill House” not only delves into the paranormal but also shows the worst horrors the human mind can create when it is afraid.

Tatum Mitchell | opinion editor

“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

This book made me laugh out loud and cry ugly in one sitting. Book lovers aren’t your typical romantic comedy, you’ll fall in love with the characters just as much as they fell for each other. It’s the definition of turning pages, and if you’re not a fan of romance novels, you will be after reading this book.

Matt Kyle | News Editor Assistant

“Dune” by Frank Herbert

Greetings to sweet tea. After getting hung up on the movie last year, I needed more of the “Dune” world, so I bought the first book. It is a fascinating story full of twists and turns set in a rich and evolving world full of intriguing characters and lore. For those who are patiently waiting for “Dunes: Part Two” due out next October, reading the book is the perfect way to satiate your craving for spice.

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