Summer break is full of festivity, vacations, and leisure time. Taking some time out of the day to do some reading can be a great way to spend a good summer afternoon. Grabbing one of your favorite books as you take a stroll in the park, head to the beach, or travel on the train or airplane can help your summer adventure become more entertaining. Whether you use reading as a tool of education, relaxing, entertaining, or exploring, there are many books that can fulfill your needs. We had recommended five books to read during the winter and now that the school year is over, here is a new and updated list for this summer break!
From the author that gave us the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird comes the publication of a novel once thought lost. Discovered in 2014, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to publishers before the her classic story of Atticus Finch and Scout. This novel features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, but some twenty years later. We follow the characters as they adjust to the life-changing social and cultural events taking place in 1950s America.
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells a detailed behind-the-scenes story about the heroic brothers that taught the world how to fly. The Wright brothers were extremely courageous with anything that came in front of them. This book includes private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and thousands of letters from private family correspondences to tell the Wright Brothers’ story. This book will give an added perspective to anybody who enjoys getting up in the air in an airplane.
Always wanted a beach body? The Whole30 brings to you a 30 day guide of total health and food freedom. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig have helped thousands of people transform the way they think about their body, food, weight loss, and better health. If you are interested in changing some of your health approaches this summer, take a look at this great book.
Moving in with a new roommate? Had a few issues with your past roommate? Here we have a #1 student handbook with great advice on how to survive living at college, making money, and expanding your network by making friends. This book is a New York Times best seller and is a great read for those making their first trip to college or students that are looking to do things differently next semester. Getting a head start and reading this book over the summer can help change your college experience!
Are you in need of motivation? “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, than you’ll be successful.” Eric Thomas brings you a great book full of motivation with the key fundamental lessons and principles necessary to develop character and success.
How about a classic? We have all heard about the great depression. Here we have a story about a close–knit family that make their way to California for a better life during the great depression. In pursuit of a better life, the family takes their chances on relocation. This book shows the story of resilience, the importance of love, and support of those people whom you love and are close to.
Brought to you by SUNY Press, this book presents New York history in a fresh way through sixteen dramatic events. Author Bruce W. Dearstyne looks at sixteen events in New York that changed state and US history, from political changes to social and racial reform. This book shows the complexity of New York’s history while bringing the spirit of New York to life.
James is a University at Albany graduate student assistant with the Office of New Media at SUNY System Administration.