Do you want to read more outside of class but aren’t sure where to start? Are you hoping to expand the kind of book you read, or just looking for a good book? Here’s some of my favorites, both recent and classic, spanning across many different genres.
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
It’s true that the reason I first picked this book, written by Hope Jahren, up was because it’s by a girl with my same name. However, after reading just the first chapter, I knew this author was someone I was proud to share my name with. Her memoir documents her life as a scientist from college until the present day, and is creative, inspiring, and an overall joy to read.
Every other chapter includes a vivid description of a certain aspects of plant growth, and the breaks in the story are both fascinating scientifically, and provide metaphors for different parts of Jahren’s life.
Smoke and Mirrors, by Neil Gaiman
I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy or science fiction, but I love short stories and these Neil Gaiman works do not disappoint. They vary between fantastical and having a more serious tone, but are all imaginative and so much fun to read.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Gaiman’s other works or sci-fi in general, I would definitely suggest anyone check this book out.
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
I’m always a sucker for any Agatha Christie novel, but this is one of my favorites. If someone were to look up the definition of a page turner, this would book would come up. It’s fast, intense, clever, and full of twists and turns.
I promise you And Then There Were None will leave you hooked and wanting to check out everything else Christie has written.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield
If I had to recommend every student at any level read one book, this would be it. I have no intention of becoming an astronaut, but this Chris Hadfield book came as close to convincing me as anything could. Hadfield has an attitude towards life that I think anyone can admire. He works incredibly hard, but also understands the importance of humility as well as the role luck plays in many situations. His message isn’t overbearing, but his work-ethic and positive outlook will encourage anyone to follow and work hard for their dreams.