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Book Club Part III

#MyMoravian Summer Book Club: Part III

August 31, 2016

It is the end of the summer, and I am back again with a few last favorite titles! These selections are perfect for getting back in gear for the upcoming fall semester. Whether looking for something to binge-read right before classes, or something to keep you busy for the first month, these two options got you covered.  

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story is fantastic...I guess that isn’t enough of an explanation as to why you should consider reading it so I will elaborate some more but rest assured that first statement describes this book perfectly.

The novel is centered around depression, mental illness, and expectations. It is heart breaking, thoughtful and hilarious seemingly all at once, and it is the kind of work that you can’t put down. Follow Craig, a self perceived underachiever at an elite New York High School battling his own feelings of inadequacy while managing the expectations of his friends and family. Craig’s crippling depression and suicidal tendencies lead him to a local hospital’s mental wing. From both doctors and fellow patients he learns about himself and makes discoveries about what it truly means to be comfortable in your own skin. Ned Vizzini based this off of some of his own experiences growing up, and the authenticity of Craig’s internal struggle is what really makes this a fantastic work.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is meant to be a young adult novel which means you can get through it pretty quickly; couple that with how engaging it is from start to finish and this book becomes the perfect option for somebody looking to read something other than a textbook.

The War of the Worlds  by H.G. Wells

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I have a strange obsession with retro futurism, and maybe that is why I like classic science fiction so much, and maybe why I am recommending a book about an alien invasion written over 100 years ago (Moravians love history right??).

One of H.G. Wells’ most iconic works, The War of the Worlds has stood the test of time and is to this day one of the most engaging, well written, and inventive takes on alien apocalypse. Discussing an alien invasion on the grandest of scales, follow one man’s struggle for survival as aliens manning enormous machines systematically destroy villages across the British countryside. While it is definitely dark, it does maintain the style and sophistication of late 19th and early 20th century literature. The book is incredibly tense but does an excellent job of not throwing too much at the reader. It is the perfect blend of not seeing the invaders, and constantly feeling the peril of the world that makes The War of the Worlds brilliant and a classic in the Science Fiction genre. The book is short, freaky, and iconic; three great ingredients that make it the perfect choice for an afternoon.

Share your favorite reads from this summer down in the comments!