Links go to a full review of each book if you want more information about these great reads!
1. Divergent Veronica Roth –
Though the novel is chunky, there is so much action here that readers won’t be able to put it down. Plus, grad students can pretend the programs in their department are like the factions in the novel (and we’re all initiates!).
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn –
Some relationships are even more messed up than a grad student’s relationship with her own life choices. There’s also a high chance that your classmates have read this book, too, so you can chat about it and sound like you read more than you do.
3. Maus by Art Spiegelman –
It’s a fascinating graphic novel about the Holocaust. But it’s also a Pulitzer-winning novel…with pictures. You can’t lie that that doesn’t count for something.
4. Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline –
If you don’t have time to play video games, you can at least read a book about video games. And, seriously, this book is unputdownable.
5. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau –
Three reasons. One, it’s pretty short and a fast read. Two, it’s like The Hunger Games, and you’ll be able to like it before it’s mainstream. Three, it’s a gentle reminder that at least no one DIES in your exams in grad school. So look on the bright side and buck up!
6. Losing It by Cora Carmack –
Sleeping with undergrads is generally frowned upon (and made fun of), but one can live the fantasy via a romance novel, yes?
7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell –
I’m telling everyone that if they only read ONE YA novel this year, Eleanor & Park is it, hands down. It’s the most adorable, heart-warming, honest YA romance/contemporary I’ve read.
8. Will Grayson, WIll Grayson by John Green and David Levithan –
There needs to be a John Green novel on this list. There needs to be a David Levithan novel on this list. Save time and read a book coauthored by both!
Which books do you recommend for grad students pressed for time?