Arts & Entertainment

A Bookworm’s Best Reads

BAYLIE BINGHAM

Staff Writer

During quarantine, we found lots of ways to occupy ourselves, indoors and out.  Now that we’re back in school we may have abandoned some of our newfound hobbies. However, having breaks from life and school is always important. If you don’t quite know what to do, I suggest heading to the library or your local bookstore and grabbing a good book to bring you away from reality for a while! In fact, our very own library has nearly 15,500 titles! If you’re having trouble finding what to read, look no further, for here I have three book recommendations to get you started on your reading journey.


Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (Orwell). Animal Farm is a classic book that you will constantly hear people talk about telling you that it is a must-read, and frankly, I agree. Complete with satire hints and analogies, there are many lessons to be learned from this book. Written in the wake of World War II and published amid the rise of Soviet Russia, Animal Farm tells a fairly simple story of barnyard animals trying to manage themselves after rebelling against their drunk masters, with an underbelly of how easily good intentions can be confused with tyranny. Before reading, beware of mentions of violence, alcohol consumption, and all-around cruelties. Please keep this in mind!


2. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

“All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you” (Krakauer). Into the Wild is a polarizing book. You either love it or you hate it, all determined by what you think about Christopher McCandless, an eccentric man who was unhappy with the life he led, which brought him to be rid of all his money and hit the road to find something of meaning. Some believed him to be an inspiration, whilst others believed him to be an ungrateful lunatic. No matter what you may think in the end, I think it is a book worth reading. However, beware of mentions of violence, slight profanity, and Earth’s cruelties. Please keep this in mind!


3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream” (Plath). The Bell Jar is a semi-depressing tale of the paradox of life. Originally released under a pseudonym, the story shows that there is something very wrong with reality. Though some content might be hard to swallow, I believe that The Bell Jar is something that all should attempt reading. It carries a powerful statement about mental health through the deterioration of protagonist Esther Greenwood’s mental stability. Before reading, beware of mentions of mental illness, suicide, and overall heavy content. Please keep this in mind! 

I hope you enjoy these suggestions and even share them with others! Happy Reading!

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Baylie Bingham

Staff Writer

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