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Fall reading list

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Aria Meixel, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Even though you may be busy with classes, work, and other extracurricular activities, fall is a perfect time to sit down, relax, and lose yourself in a good book for an hour or two when everything else gets to be too much. Here are some excellent fall reads, with stories about transitioning to college, dealing with relationships of any kind, and facing the trials and tribulations that life constantly throws your way.

Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci 

In order to escape the life of being known as a chimera, the next step in humanity’s evolution, Eve Kingston enrolls in Billington University, where no one knows her name. But when Interlopers, an alien race hunting chimeras like her, arrive at the college, Eve must learn to stand up for herself and her fellow chimeras. As Eve has to face both hostile aliens and adjusting to college life, this is a great book to read to feel better about your own college experience, no matter how good or bad it’s going.


Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

When Alex, the First Son of the President of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales, have a very public altercation, the U.S. and Britain decide to stage a friendship between the two in order to remedy international relations. But when the friendship turns real, then turns into something even deeper, the two of them have to decide whether to keep their relationship secret or if love really will win.


Circe by Madeline Miller

What is the story behind the sorceress that turned men into pigs and kept Odysseus from his home for a year? Born to the Titan Helios but never fitting in among the immortals, Circe finds solace in the lives of mortal men, but as an immortal herself, she withdraws from the humans she grows fond and becomes a master of witchcraft. Miller’s writing is beautiful and Circe’s story captivating, bringing down to earth and humanizing a being that was yet to have a voice like this one.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

When Lincoln O’Neill took a job as an internet security officer, he had no idea what he would actually be doing was writing up employees of a newspaper when they made small breeches of email etiquette. Finding the emails from Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, though, he finds their hilariously detailed accounts of their personal lives too harmless and entertaining to stop them. But when he discovers that he’s starting to fall for Beth, it’s too late to introduce himself.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

At a distinguished Vermont college, Richard Papen, a California native, finds himself inducted into the Greek Classics program, run by the very selective Professor Morrow and consisting of a group of five wealthy students. As Richard becomes more a part of this group, he finds that something is going on with these students, and when four of them accidentally kill a man one night after recreating a Greek bacchanalia, the dynamic of the group is changed forever. A page-turning, unable-to-put-down tale, this book reaches into your soul and is sure to leave a lasting impression. 


Little Birds by Hannah Lee Kidder 

If all the other books on this list are too long for your busy college days, this one will be a perfect length for you. At just over 60 pages, these 13 short and flash fiction stories are easy to read on a weekend or after your classes are done for the day. Just because they’re short, though, doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time. Kidder’s writing makes great use of its few words, delivering raw emotion and wonderfully crafted characters, and will stay with you even after you finish it.