Partying is so much fun, but as a student of today you consider yourself intellectual and above the nonsensical things. To refresh your vocabulary every now and then, reading a book seems like a good option. And no! Watching movies is not going to cut it. The tough and hectic life of students is only interrupted when the teachers bombard them with assignments and term papers with the occasional tests.
Keeping sane in college is not an easy feat. Not only does it take a fair amount of drinking but also the occasional hobbies to keep the mind balanced and occupied. There are instances when you are torn between your desire to party or going on a date, but can’t seem to decode your feelings on which one you would prefer. Worry not, because here is a wonderful alternative and the good news is that you won’t even need to change your pajamas or go out of your room for that.
Reading. Yes, you read that right and, no, we are not talking about the boring text books that your eyes are glued to for the whole day in class. We are talking about the fun kind. Some are fiction and some are not, but they will leave you wanting for more.
Let’s start with the fiction books first.
Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
It is a book filled with suspense and adventure and if you are a fan of The Hunger Games, this will be a treat for you. The protagonist is instilled with the ability to kill and a monster is hunting her. The vivid imagery will make you want to read it until your eyes bleed.
Matched by Ally Condie
If dystopian is more to your taste, try this book where your every choice is regulated by the government. You will certainly appreciate your government after reading this. At least you can marry whom you like. A perfect book to read when you feel like being alone.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
You can also read this story, which is set in a world suffering from massive storms brought upon by global warming. Seems like a horror story, but it’s just global warming, which is a myth according to most politicians. Because whatever.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
If you want a quiet time with coffee and your pets, try reading The Name of the Wind.
The brooding hero and complex emotions are like a Woody Allen movie meets Peter Jackson, although there are no elves. The book is fiction but the flawless logic and the element of magic, without the presence of werewolves and vampires, is what anyone wants in a book. Seriously, stop with them already!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is narrated by Death and it is an original concept, which relays the life story of two children in Germany in World War II. Yes Hitler was still a baddie and he made everyone’s life hell.
We left the best for the last! Here are amazing non-fiction books that you can pass the time with.
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose
It will give you a juicy insight into the world of glamour, films and technology all in one nice little package.
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
It is a hilarious account which explains that when people or whole countries like Greece decide to live on credit, they end up being destructed in the process. This book will make you feel better about your student loans (at least for a while).
Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay
If you are a fan of staying informed about every little futuristic innovation, then this is a must read for you. It targets major issues like globalization, social media, communication and aerodynamics. Now you can totally find out if you can afford housing in a nice little suburban neighborhood in the future or not.
These are some of the 2011 literary masterpieces that will surely be exhilarating and refreshing for any student.