It can be hard for college students to find free time to read for recreation. However, during this hectic time in the semester, four students share what it is about reading that is so relaxing and what they are reading right now to unwind from a busy school schedule.
Melina Mendez, Senior
Is there a specific book that you like to read to relax? I am currently reading “After Many a Summer” by Aldous Huxley.
Why? I like Huxley’s writing style, for example, in “After Many a Summer” there are pages of details about Los Angeles in the 1960’s. The first few chapters describe the setting the main character experiences on his way to meet a client. I am also a huge fan of the 1960’s- the culture of the time period. I am a self professed Anglophile, which is someone who is immersed in British culture and appreciates the British lifestyle and manners. Another aspect that I like is the theme of mortality for a man struggling with life’s obstacles, such as being in love with a younger girl. The title of the book is from a line of one of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poems, which is about a man who wants to become immortal, so a goddess grants him immortality, but he still gets old and is in a lot of pain forever.
Has your reading style changed at all between highschool and college? In highschool I did not appreciate the inner workings of literature, but I do now. This change was partially because of the things I have learned in my literature classes and being encouraged by Mount Mary’s belief in having an open mind. Now, I am very picky about what I read. In highschool, I read a lot of young-adult fiction and did not have as much diversity in the books I read. The traveling that I did throughout college has helped broaden my literature horizons. For example, I started reading books about Spanish culture after going to Spain.
Elaina Smith, Sophomore
What do you read to relax? I enjoy reading books like rainbows after the storm, mysteries and damsels in distress (LA noir/ classic detective stories).
What book are you currently reading? “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, which is one of the books a friend of mine recommended.
Has there been a change in your reading style? In middle school and high school, I found that I could relate more to what I was reading and found it easier to read large amounts of text. Now, I find it hard to relate to what I’m reading.
What is your favorite book? I like “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald because the story is interesting and tragic.
Are there any books that you enjoy rereading? I enjoy rereading the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde.
Olivia Hickman, Freshman
What do you read to relax? I like to read fiction, murder mysteries, and historical fiction.
Why? My mom used to read these types of books to me. They are now a way to unwind and escape reality.
How has your reading style changed from highschool to college? In high school, I read “trendy” books such as “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. Now, I just pick up whatever looks good.
What is your favorite book to read? There are too many good ones out there! “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee stands out, though.
What books could you reread? The “Harry Potter” books by J.K. Rowling, but I am partial to “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” because no one dies and readers are introduced to Sirius Black.
Shannon Broeker, Sophomore
What kinds of books do you like to read? I like to read dystopian books like “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, and “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver; fantasy; nonfiction about the royals like Queen Victoria and Queen Mary; I also like mythology books like “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. I would really like to read “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer!
Why? They take me out of this world, away from a bad day and into theirs. I like to get lost in a story because the whole world fades away around you.
What are your favorite books? “The Selection” by Kiera Cass, “The Tiger’s Curse” by Colleen Houck , “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan, “Harry Potter” (most notably “the Prisoner of Azkaban”) by J.K. Rowling, “Zodiac” by Romina Russell, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, “Dreamless” by Josephine Angelini, “The Infernal Devices” by Cassandra Clare, “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renée Ahdieh, and “The Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld.
Has there been a change in your reading style from high school to now? I have expanded my horizons. Now, like reading historical fiction and nonfiction. I now stay away from books revolving around school because I want the stress of school to melt away.
What books do you like to reread? “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, “White Fang” by Jack London, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” by the Grimm brothers, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks, and “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes.
What book are you currently reading? I am reading “Pillow Thoughts” by Courtney Peppernell.
What kinds of books do you like to read to relax? What book are you currently reading? Please leave recommendations in the comments below to spread the joy of reading!