Welcome to the exciting, sometimes dreaded, but always wonderful time of year: the start of school. For college students, this is the time we move back to our chosen universities and begin our education anew. If you’re in high school, it is another year of preparing for the big leagues and the big tests. Regardless, there is much to look forward to!
An unfortunate side effect of the constant work, studying, and scheduling is losing the intangible sparkle of the learning process. The wide-eyed energy many of us once possessed for discovering something new and completing projects has dimmed thanks to the sometimes grueling environments we find ourselves in. It can be difficult to foster the passion we long to uphold during the most stressful times in our education, which subsequently lowers the average student’s desire to open any sort of book at all.
As someone who has always loved to read, the stress of classes can push me into a book slump and make it much more difficult to open a book and turn more pages. The funny thing is, when I have time to lose myself in a story, it makes all of the homework and responsibility seem a little bit easier! With public libraries, e-books, and bookstores all around us, it is a very exciting time to be a reader and student.
Even though it is overwhelming and downright difficult to be a student sometimes, the ability to go to school in any capacity is a gift. Don’t let the magnitude of college, high school, or any form of school make you forget what a thrilling concept it is to expand your mind and encounter new possibilities daily. With the help of a good book to get us out of that slump, we can all celebrate what it means to be a student together. Remember the distinct excitement of picking out a new backpack, laying out an outfit for the first day of school, and meeting the teacher? It is possible to get that fire back, I promise.
If you’re looking for a little help to kick-start a school year reading spree or just want to soak up the last bit of summer rejuvenation, look into some of the novels below! I hope they’ll become a lovely part of your successful school year.
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
- Release by Patrick Ness