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10 Must Read Books for the Year

Finding time to unwind from your schoolwork can help keep you focused and on task with your daily or weekly schedule. A little bit of Netflix or Candy Crush can be a good escape from schoolwork. The same can be said about a good book.

Mixing in a few non-school books, can inject a little bit of entertainment or self-improvement to go along with your assignments in your Bryant & Stratton College classes. Leisure reading can also provide bit of escapism, stirring up your imagination and exploring new worlds, with summer as the perfect time to grab a new book, kick up your feet, and take in a new subject or story. You might choose to read a nonfiction book about leadership or kick back with a clever mystery.

Below is a list of 10 books to mix in with your assignments and lectures from Bryant & Stratton College:

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – A brilliant sci-fi thriller that follows science professor Jason Dessen who wakes up from an abduction in a completely different world than the one he knows. He’s no longer married; his house is different as is his job. What follows is a wild adventure as Jason tries to get back to his wife, son and the life he’s been taken from.

Beartown by Fredrik Blackman – A novel whose popularity has grown wildly over the past year. Beartown was named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads, LibraryReads and BookBrowse. The novel tells the story of a small town shaken by a violent crime and the townsfolks attempts to recover.

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer – The personal account of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster, told by Krakauer as he experienced the devastating storm that trapped climbers on the mountain and resulted in one of the worst disasters in the mountain’s history. Krakauer’s book explores the growing commercialization of Mount Everest and the perseverance of those who survived the 1996 disaster.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven – If you’re looking for a motivating book that can help you enact change in your life, this is the one. Based on the viral commencement speech given by Admiral William McRaven, the book focuses on the principles of Navy SEAL training and other aspects of McRaven’s career in the Navy that can be applied to everyday life.

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – Extremely popular with professional athletes and executives, this book explores how you can turn adversity into self-improvement. Whether you’re in a leadership position at a company or just a student hoping to discover a new way to achieve your goals, this is the book for you.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – One of the hottest stories of the year. Little Fires Everywhere is a New York Times #1 bestseller, was named book of the year by over 20 outlets and has since been adapted into a Hulu series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. The story follows two families through a tangled web of drama that pits two friends against each other and breaks apart a small, idyllic suburban town.

Mindset by Carol Dweck – Explore the true power of a proper mindset and how some of our most entrenched beliefs may actually work against reaching our goals. Dweck explores how we can motivate ourselves (and our children) to reach new objectives in a different manner than you might think. This is another excellent book for CEOs, parents and students alike.  

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – A New York Times #1 bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick, American Dirt tells the story of a Mexican family who are forced to flee from their home to escape the danger of a drug cartel.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – A mystery thriller set around the collapse of a Ponzi scheme and the fallout that follows. A missing person brings in a victim of the scheme to investigate and unearth more secrets from the fraud that impacted so many lives.  

Long Bright River by Liz Moore – A mystery about a pair of sisters who live drastically different lives—one lives on the streets of Philadelphia, the other a police officer—despite growing up as inseparable siblings. When one disappears, the other becomes obsessed with finding her and an elusive murderer.

We want to hear your recommendations for summer reading, as well. Leave a comment and tell us what books you’re reading so your fellow classmates can pick up a new read for the summer.

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