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The quarantine for the coronavirus is still happening across the country, and while this isn’t a positive highlight of this year or last, students have found unique hobbies to pass the time.
Although TikTok has taken the nation by storm in the past few months, many students still enjoy reading books – myself included.
Here are some really good books that you can find in Penn State University libraries and state college bookstores like Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.
1. “The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory
“The Proposal” is about a freelance writer who meets a doctor after turning down a surprise proposal at a Dodgers game. While most don’t meet a handsome doctor and fall in love at a baseball game, the book gives people hope that one day they will find spontaneous love.
The author of “The Wedding Date”, Guillory, also published the romance novel in 2018. The book quickly made it to “Cosmopolitan’s 33 Books To Get Excited About in 2018.”
2. “So, you want to talk about races” by Ijeoma Oluo
Another book from 2018, So You Want To Talk About Racing, deals with racing in America, a topic that is extremely relevant today. Each chapter raises a question about race and discusses Oluo’s opinions and advice on the subject.
Penn State student Naomi Smith recently read the book and enjoyed it.
“Although most try to escape reality during quarantine, it is important to realize what is going on in the world and [“So You Want to Talk About Race”] does that, ”said Smith (sophomore architecture).
3. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by JK Rowling
Growing up, many read the Harry Potter series, but the fourth book is a favorite for many. The fantasy series follows the lives of young wizards who go to Hogwarts and learn about magic. The books can be an escape from reality.
The Goblet of Fire has sold approximately 65 million copies to date and grossed $ 896.4 million in total in theaters. Rowling became the first billionaire writer in 2004, according to Forbes, and currently has a net worth of at least $ 670 million.
4. “Republic” of Plato
That by the philosopher Plato around 375 BC Written book examines justice, city-states and humanity. It also highlights ethics in politics and is written in the Socratic dialogue.
The book may be older than most on this list, but it is still very relevant to modern politics. In the book that many philosophers study today and find fascinating, there is a debate about being “just or unjust.”
The book may not be very different from the textbooks students read in the classroom, but it makes some great points.
5. “I’ll be gone in the dark” by Michelle McNamara
Personally, one of my favorites, “I’ll Be Lost in the Dark,” is a true story of McNamara’s research into the serial killer known as the “Golden State Killer.” The book was recently turned into an HBO documentary series.
McNamara, a true crime journalist, delved deep into the case and began to write “I’ll Be Lost in the Dark” as a compilation of her research.
McNamara’s book died suddenly of a drug overdose in 2016 and remained unfinished until it was published two years after her death.
The book helped the authorities resolve the case and an arrest was made two months after it was published.
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6. “Beach Read” by Emily Henry
Released in May 2020, “Beach Read” was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards in the “Best Romance” category. The novel is about two writers who meet after living in neighboring beach houses.
Emma Mason, a Penn State student, read and enjoyed the book.
“It’s great to read whenever and especially in quarantine because romance is difficult to find,” said Mason (junior engineering).
7. “The Benefits of a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
Chbosky’s book-film was released in 1999 and has been hugely popular over the years and has continued to grow. The coming-of-age book is about an unpopular child or so-called “wallflower” whose world has been changed by new friends.
In 2003, the book was banned from school libraries in Fairfax, Virginia because of the book’s alleged “profanity”. After that, many schools across the country banned the book as well.
The film was released in 2012 and shot in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is where Chbosky was from. The film won many awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature”.
8. “The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The New York Times best-selling crime thriller “The Inheritance Games” is about the main character Avery Grambs, who found an inheritance for her after the mysterious death of a billionaire.
Penn State student Paul Watkins read the book on quarantine and enjoyed what he did.
“The book is adventurous and exciting,” said Watkins (freshman). “You never know what’s going to happen.”
9. “Harem Years” by Huda Sha’arawi
Another of my favorites that I read in a Middle Eastern studies course at Penn State, Harem Years, is a treatise by Huda Sha’arawi, founder of the Egyptian feminist movement.
The novel is about the separate and private world of the harem, a separate domestic safety room for women in Muslim households, and Sha’arawi’s recent life, particularly her political activism in Egypt.
10. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
Another treatise published in 2020, “Untamed,” is Glennon Doyle’s third treatise.
The book has been on the New York Times bestseller list shortly after its publication.
Grace Osborne, a Penn State student, first read the book about quarantine.
“I was really excited to read something new this year and I’m glad I read that,” said Osborne (second division for undergraduate studies). “It is different from anything I’ve read and is well worth a visit.”
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