Don’t be a summer slacker! Flip open some of these recommended reads

Finally, summer is almost here, but after textbooks are sold what's left to read? It's time to put aside the required informational reading, take a stroll to the library and borrow a book that will have you flipping pages faster than the wind. Don't know where to start? Here are a few suggestions from some fellow residents of Geneseo:

1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Recommended by the owner of the Sundance Bookstore on Main Street, this fiction novel is about a murder at a private school in Vermont. Having read the book just this past week, he showed no hesitation in suggesting it.

2. America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis

Also recommended by the owner of Sundance Bookstore, this book details revolutionary events in American history that are oftentimes left overlooked.

3. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

Freshman Andrew Hessler suggested this spiritual novel. Set in ancient India, Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, embarks on a spiritual journey and tries to discover understanding and peace.

4.Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Sophomore Mike Mosher spoke favorably about the commentary Vonnegut makes on religion and life in this novel.

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

After thinking hard about her favorite reads, sophomore Cady Papageorgiou decided to vouch for the gonzo journalism Thompson uses in this book. This style undoubtedly entertains readers through the crazy journeys described.

6. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

English professor Caroline Woidat strongly advocated for the novel, calling it a fictionalized novel based on Frank Lloyd Wright, which makes many historical ties between Wright's personal life and his architecture in Buffalo and Rochester.

7. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman

Kiedis's autobiography as the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some of the astonishing events in his life transformed sophomore Jun Heo into an avid listener of the band.

8. The Stranger by Albert Camus

Having read this myself last summer, I strongly recommend Camus' novel, which presents an array of philosophical thoughts, though is itself prominently existentialist. It's a quick but deep book and I cannot wait to read it again this summer.