I have read many different books in college. From novels, magazines, newspapers, to textbooks. Each of these readings helped me gain new information about the world and a new view point that help me shape my personality and thinking. There are many books that I loved, but the books that stood out the most were The Piano Lesson, Moby-Dick, Hamlet, and Kindred.
The Piano Lesson: I read this book during my freshman year in college and now in my senior year. It is a story about an African-American family divided by the decision of selling a piano that has the history of their ancestors carved in it or not sell it. The play is a wonderful example of how to maintain African roots and remembering/honoring ancestors. If you have nothing to read this is a great book to pick up at any local library. I highly recommended to every college student.
Moby-Dick: First, let me say this is not one of my favorite novels I have read in college, but one of the most difficult and challenging book I have read in my entire life. I will never forget this novel and recommend this book to people who like to read challenging literature. The only interesting part of the novel were the first 23 chapters, after that, it went downhill by becoming difficult to understand. It was like I was reading another language. Yet, it was an interesting experience to have read this novel.
Hamlet: Shakespeare. Yes, another difficult book to read. We all have been reading Shakespeare since middle school all the way to high school. For those who are literature majors then probably in college too, just like I have. After reading Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream so many times, I was tired of them. I wanted a new book to analyze, so I took a shakespeare class and read Hamlet. It’s a great revenge story that should be given a chance despite its difficult language.
Kindred: BEST NOVEL EVER! I have never read a novel like this one. Kindred is a time travel story and about slavery. Yes, it’s a unique combination, but this author created a wonderful story. It is about a women who travels back in time to the slavery times to save her family lineage and make sure her birth happens by setting up the birth of one of her ancestors. While making sure that the child is born, to secure her birth, she experiences the traumatic event of being treated like a slave and being beaten by a white master and experiencing extreme pain. I highly recommend this novel to everyone who wants to read a book that has an exciting plot and is unique.
Reading books in college is inevitable, but the type of books college students are reading is different for everyone. Some students are reading interesting novels and other are not. It is to each person to remember and recommend those books that they like to others because it will help spread the word of unnoticed, but amazing books.