Quick Reads to Fill Slow Days

By Alyssa Irby on October 5, 2012
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Do you ever find yourself searching for a quick book to help you get through an easy week or weekend? Or just want a book that you can read on the side as you go through the quarter or semester? Maybe you’re looking for a book that doesn’t have a 10 book series to follow it or hasn’t recently been over-hyped by every girl in America. These books might be able to help you out:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Though it may not be the most uplifting of all books, it has a great combination of humor and serious points. Hazel, a cancer patient, meets a confidant boy full of possibilities in her cancer support group. Their friendship kicks off almost immediately as the boy, Augustus or Gus (she changes which she uses given the situation, the beginning of his many possibilities,) takes her on the adventure of her life. Through their ups and downs, both learn about each other, life, love, and what it’s like to be a product of the fault in our stars.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Written as multiple letters to “a friend,” this book is great to just relax. Charlie, the name the main character gives himself, writes about his life as he tries to figure out who he is following the death of his best friend and his favorite aunt. Charlie meets new people, tries new things (he even takes LCD and then vows never to do it again,) and comes to a find a new outlook on life. This book is full of references to great music, TV shows, and books the Charlie comes to learn about and enjoy while figuring out who he is and fits in in this world with infinite possibilities.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m sure you’ve heard of or seen the three-hour movie starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but it may surprise you that the extremely long movie is derived from a book of a mere 52 pages. The story briefly takes the reader on a journey through time, well, a backwards journey through time, as Benjamin Button has the appearance of a 70-year-old man when he is born and proceeds to age backwards until he is a baby. The comedic and satirical book take a new approach to life and what it means to really live. This short story by one of the greatest authors, in my opinion, of the twentieth century is a great read and could lead one to wonder about the curious cases lead by us all.

Check these authors’ other books or stories to find similar books that could interest you for later days. These are just a few of many quick reads out there that can help you get over that nag of the middle of the week or the lazy weekend afternoon. They could be just what you need. Enjoy!

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Just a girl trying to get from point A to point B via C, D, E, F, G, etc. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but looking for excitement elsewhere before returning back to familiar faces and habits. Lover of all things wild and beautiful and important.

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