Summer is a time to relax and forget about schoolwork.  But we don’t want our minds turning to mush.  To prevent this, I plan on reading all the books that I don’t have time to read during the semester.  Reading is a nice way to enjoy relaxing but also sharpen your mind for the fall semester.   Here are books that I’m looking forward to reading (or rereading) this summer.

  1.  The Great Gatsby.  With the new movie in theatres, perhaps it’s time to brushup on your F. Scott Fitzgerald.  This classic American novel follows millionaire Jay Gatsby’s love for Daisy Buchanan amid the extravagance and decadence of the Jazz Age.  I plan to read it and then see the movie that everyone’s talking about. Summer Reading 1
  2.  And the Mountains Echoed. Fans of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, look out!   The latest novel from Khaled Hosseini, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores love, family, and fate through generations and across the globe.  Set in Kabul, San Francisco, and Paris, I expect this emotional novel to fill readers with suspense on every page, like Hosseini’s other works.  If you likedhis previous novels, like I did, make sure you read this one.Summer Reading 2
  3.  The Other Typist. Also a recent release, this novel is Suzanne Rindell’s first novel.  Taking place in the same era as The Great Gatsby, The Other Typist depicts the new opportunities for women in the Jazz Age.  Yet, Rose Baker, a typist in the New York City Police Department precinct, is stuck in the past until she meets Odalie.  Together these two women face the changes of the 1920s together. It is “a deliciously addictive, cinematically influenced page-turner, both comic and provocative,” said Kirkus Reviews.  This is one I can’t wait to read.Summer Reading 3

That’s it for now.  Happy Reading!

Eman Elhadad is an English major at Rutgers University-Newark, Class of 2015.