As any new freshman can tell you, the rigorous studying and reading that comes with starting college can take time away from other leisure activities that you may enjoy. It’s a shock to the system for sure, which is why this winter break you should focus on savoring what you’ve been missing out on this past semester, like actually reading for pleasure! Here’s a reading list of a few classics to help get you started.
1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
You can read as you watch the hit TV show based on the novel! It explores different subjects like patriarchal societies and individualism in the futuristic dystopia of The Republic of Gilead.
2. 1984 by George Orwell
Who doesn’t love another good dystopian novel? This book focuses on individualism and independent thinking as well, envisioning a world under constant government surveillance with no real privacy.
3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This one is for all of you hopeless romantics out there. It follows Rhett and Scarlett through the drama of the Civil War from the perspective of a Southern plantation owning family.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A classic piece of horror, this story will leave you with thechills for sure. Absolutely perfect for a snowy winter day.
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
If you didn’t read it in high school, now is your chance to catch up. You can live vicariously through Holden’s teen rebellion from the comfort of your own home this break.