With snow, rain and winter chills constantly on the coattails of Radford University students, it’s often comforting to cuddle up somewhere warm with a great book and take a break from the stresses of a new semester. As an avid reader, I’m always looking for recommendations of great, new books to read. It can be overwhelming to go into the library and scan the back covers of novel after novel, trying to figure out if it will be a good read. In an attempt to avoid that, some of your fellow RU students and I have put together a list of our favorite books so you’re never at a loss for a good book again.
For the romantic, we recommend Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. This teen novel is an addicting, soap-opera style story about two unlikely lovers from different sides of town. Brittany and Alex will capture your heart, and your attention, as you watch them struggle to combine their different worlds. This novel definitely has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it, only placed in modern society so the characters are much more relatable. If you like romantic novels, you will not be able to put this one down.
For the sci-fi lover, we recommend Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This novel takes place in future America where the abortion argument has taken a new and unpredictable twist. Another civil war has just ended, where one side was pro-life and the other pro-choice. In order to end the war, a treaty was signed saying that no child can be aborted. But when a child reaches age 18, they can be “unwound,” meaning each part of the person is harvested and used on someone else who needs, wants and has money and influence to use it. This way the child remains alive, just in a very different state — like how water is still water when it’s frozen.
For the uninspired fiction reader, we recommend Room by Emma Donoghue. It will be hard, if not impossible, for you to put this book down, so don’t pick it up to read the 15 minutes between your classes. This book tells the story of a college student who was kidnapped and locked away in a room for years. She was never allowed to leave the room, and visits from her kidnapper eventually land her with a child. This novel tells us the story through the child’s eyes, as he lives his day-to-day life in the room. Since he is never allowed to leave, he knows nothing of the outside world. This story details the unconditional love a mother has for her son, and how, despite seemingly unconquerable circumstances, they manage to find a little brightness in one another.
All of these titles are sure to please readers of all interests during these chilly months at RU. While we impatiently wait for things to warm up, a great book can be exactly the right thing to kick back and relax.