Keep your mind active this summer


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It is almost officially summertime, meaning no more classes, homework assignments or group projects.

But it is not a time to lose your brain activity because of lack of daily school work. Why not read a book or two, just to add to your list of summer accomplishments?

According to Business Insider, “Science has shown that reading has some amazing health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting stress, and reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.”

Here is a list of 30 must-read books, enjoyable for summer break or any free time in general. Enjoy!

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tole
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coleho
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  8. Norwegian Woods by Haruki Murakami
  9. The Stranger by Albert Campus
  10. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
  11. A River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins
  12. The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
  13. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  14. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  15. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How To Make The Most Of Them Now by Meg Jay
  16. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  17. Shantaram by Gregory Roberts
  18. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman
  19. The Women’s Room by Marilyn French
  20. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  22. Emma by Jane Austen
  23. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  25. You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
  26. This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  27. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  28. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  29. Anything by John Green
  30. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

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