This summer, while I was not giving tours and working at the Lodewick Visitors Center, I read a few books. Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes, and when I am taking classes I have so much required course work reading that I often to get time to read for ‘fun’. Over the summer I caught up on one of my fav hobbies. These are a few of my non-coursework (pleasure) reading suggestions.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith- A coming-of-age story about an Irish family in Brooklyn. The book starts out with 11 year old Francie Nolan, being raised by her parents Johnny and Katie. Nothing extraordinary happens in the novel, but that is it’s charm. We feel Francie’s pain in her mother’s struggles to make ends meet, and relate to her growing pains. A Tree Grow’s in Brooklyn is a great read for anyone.
- Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin- I decided to read this book, as the movie had just been released. Having not seen the movie yet, this book is a much lighter read than A tree Grows in Brooklyn, but has more serious tones in it than I expected. After a lifetime of friendship the main character Rachel, starts an affair with her best friend’s fiancé Dex. The book is dry and funny when it needs to be and serious at times too. It is the more serious romance novel. A good read for any teenage girl.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- One of the most addicting novels I have read in a while. This fast-paced story tells the story of twelve districts, each having to give up one child for battle. The battle is organized by the dictating capital and is televised through all of them. There is only one survivor from one district, and glory awaits the winner. The story follows Katniss Everdeen, chosen from her district. As the novel goes on we find ourselves cheering for her victory more and more.
Those were my three favorite books I read this summer. As I spent the summer, trying to convince people to come to UConn, I hope I have been able to convince you to read one of these books!