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Summer Reading: Top 3 For Me

Posted on Jun, 26 2014

While writing a blog post for The NDSU Distance and Continuing Education blog about must read lists for this summer it got me excited about ALL the books I’d like to read this summer. If you’re anything like me you are way too busy during the school year to read something for pleasure. That is what summer is for! I love reading and have a ton of books I’d like to read for fun. I have managed to narrow my list down to three books I am determined to read before fall semester starts:


Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

If a movie has been made about a book, I prefer to read the book first because no special effects are as good as your imagination. However, I have already watched the first, two movies of the Hunger Games Trilogy and loved them. Now, I want to read the third book before the movie comes out so I can find out what happens sooner and to see if what I imagine is the same as on the screen. 

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, by Thomas C. Foster

One of the things my internship has taught me is to try to think out of the box when it comes to writing and coming up with interesting ideas that will get people’s attention. I’d like to learn how to think out of the box when it comes to reading because as the saying goes “A better reader is a better writer”. I have sat in English class discussions where other students have interpreted a lot more from a book than what I had and not for lack of me trying. I look forward to reading this book because it will help me read between the lines and get more from literature than I have in the past.

The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I absolutely enjoy reading classic books because they usually tell timeless stories, relatable from generation to generation and I find that enticing. I have read novels by Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Mark Twain and George Orwell. I have wanted to read a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald to read something from a different classic author.  This is the second novel Fitzgerald wrote, before he wrote his more widely known novel “The Great Gatsby”. “The Beautiful and Damned is said to be based on Fitzgerald’s own relationship with Zelda Fitzgerald, with the novel’s main characters focusing on the past causing the loss of appreciation for the present and the deterioration of their relationship.

If you haven’t decided what books you want to read this summer “Beach Bag Ready, Must Read Books of the Summer” is a great place to start. Let me know what books make your top three reads this summer at #NDSUonline, @shan_jaco or our NDSU OTL Facebook page.


Written by: Shannon Jacobson, public relations and marketing intern