As you’re going through school, you’ll likely be assigned a variety of different reading assignments. Whether it’s a specific chapter within a textbook or an entire book to read for literature, they are assigned to help you become a better student to understand the course or become a better reader. However, school curriculum only requires you to read certain books and topics.
There are thousands upon thousands of other books you could read in your spare time. Below are six of our top picks for books you can read in your spare time.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Written in 1925, this novel follows a variety of characters in the cast through living in a fictional town called “West Egg,” on Long Island during the summer of 1922. The story primarily involves Jay Gatsby, a young and mysterious millionaire, and his obsession for Daisy Buchanan.
The Great Gatsby is more than just a fictional story. The entire book helps you to explore themes of decadence, resistance to change, social upheaval, idealism, and more.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel where characters and the plot follow the author’s observations of her neighbors and family, including a particular event that happened in her hometown in the year 1936. The book manages to provide a story through warmth and humor, despite serious issues portrayed in book, such as racial inequality. This has lead certain schools and classrooms to educating about tolerance.
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Lord of the Flies is a novel that was created in 1954 by a Nobel Prize-winning English author, WIlliam Golding. The story follows a group of British boys who are stuck on an island that is uninhabited. The group of boys attempt to govern themselves on the island, but with unsuccessful results as they regress to naturalistic, primitive states.
The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
Originally published as a controversial adult novel in 1951, it has more recently become popularized with adolescent readers. The Catcher in the Rye faces themes of alienation, teenage angst, innocence, identity belonging, loss, connection, and more.
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 and follows the characters George Milton and Lennie Small, who are displaced ranch workers that move from place to place throughout California. They search for new and different job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States. The story is influenced by the author’s experiences as a bindlestiff (migratory worker) in the 1920s.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is a novel published all the way back in 1818 by author Mary Shelley. The story follows Victor Frankenstein, who is a young scientist that attempts to create sapient, albeit grotesque, creatures in unorthodox scientific experiments.
Whatever you choose to read in your spare time, make sure that it is a book that you are interested in (whether it’s the plot or the themes emphasized throughout). When you’re spending your spare time on reading, you want to make sure that you’ll enjoy it and get the most out of. The above six books are our top recommendations for what to get started with in your spare time for students that love to read.