As a high school student, to my own dismay, I find myself reading less and less books simply for the pleasure of it as time goes on. In elementary school, I would devour books in any genre from sci-fi to autobiographies as quickly as I visited the library to get new ones. Sometimes, I even read two books in one night. After starting high school, however, I limited my reading to the reading I
did within my classes and assigned readings I got from history and english teachers. With this realization, for my New Years’ resolution in January, I made a small promise to myself that I would spend less time on my phone and stressing about schoolwork to do something both enjoyable and rewarding. It’s been 6 months since I made this resolution to read more, and I learned much more about how to pick a hobby back up and once again reap its benefits in no time at all. If you, too, want to become a reader once again, here are some of the books that I’ve read and loved since January.
1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
If you like autobiographies (or the Obamas).
2. Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris
If you want a new perspective on the world around you, starting with everyday words.
3. You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought by Peter McWilliams
If you want to figure out how to make the most of your life (and the psychology behind it).
4. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
If you love short poetry.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
If you’re looking for a book about college students and love.
6. Columbine by Dave Cullen
If you’re looking for a book about a historical event from expert psychological and factual perspectives.