With Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc, binge watching has become a huge trend over the last few years. It’s not uncommon for college students to binge-watch a whole season or two of House of Cards or Gilmore Girls in just a couple of days. But do people “binge-read”? Is binge-reading still fashionable? I remember as a kid, I would binge-read novels such as Series of the Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, but as a college student I don’t read for fun as often. As a college student, I want to read wildly entertaining books, not puzzle through dense academic volumes. I am trying to encourage myself and you all to jump on an old trend of binge reading, so I have a few suggestions:
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A book discussing race-related issues and mass incarceration in the United States.
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A non-fiction novel about the murders of four family members in a small town in Kansas.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A very, very funny novel about Mindy Kaling’s life and experiences.
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
A story about ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed in 1980s New York City.
- Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s first publication since the Harry Potter series about a town facing conflict before the elections.
I hope you have fun diving into some classic and contemporary novels this summer! Happy reading, Patriots!