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National Reading Month Recommendations!

By: Laura Paton, section editor of student literature/art (lpaton2@uic.edu)

March is National Reading Month, so in honor of that I have put together a list of great books to read for spring and summer (or anytime, really), along with some personal recommendations!

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Quotes on Reading:

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”  Sir Richard Steele

 “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”  Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957)

 “I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”  Charles De Secondat (1689 – 1755)

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”  Ezra Pound (1885 – 1972)

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Click on the link to see a synopsis and the book listing on Amazon!

Paper Towns by John Green

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

The Still Point of the Turning World: A Mother’s Story by Emily Rapp

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

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Here are a few recommendations from my personal bookshelf:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  • Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Ashford
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Feel free to share any good reads, your favorite books, or your opinion on these books in the comments!

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