I’ve been tasked with creating a fall reading list for this upcoming Reading Day, though it doesn’t quite feel like fall over here in Seville. Sorry to those who are freezing, but I’ll have it worse in December.
I would encourage anyone reading this to use Reading Day as a prime opportunity to dive into a new book, I promise you can still sleep in. Make something of this day away from class; have an adventure, enjoy the company of some brothers and/or sisters in Christ, or, as this post is intended to assist with, delve deep into the words of some of the authors of the following books.
- Love Does by Bob Goff
If you’re seeking an inspiring, fun, and often giggle-inducing read, look no further than Bob Goff and his wise words to be secretly incredible with a love that does. This book is a worldview-adjusting collection of stories and personal memoirs that inspires lovers of Jesus Christ to allow their actions to speak louder than their words. An engaging read and it comes highly recommended from me and just about anyone from Hope College.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green/The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This one is a double-header of sorts, because I don’t expect either to be a new recommendation to many of you. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read them! There’s a reason these books have sold millions of copies and spawned multi-million dollar films – they’re stinking good. Even if you’ve read them before, I recommend you re-read them, they’re worth it.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Again, I don’t expect this to be some sort of revelation, but this is not only a classic musical, but quite an amazing book as well. I’m not ashamed to say it’s the first book that brought me to tears when I read it (the John Green entry above being another). If you are looking for an epic story that paints a very detailed, down-to-earth, yet glorious depiction of God’s grace, this is the book. It’s definitely not a short read, but you won’t regret it.
Honorable mention (as Honors students, we appreciate those): My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. This book is extremely well-written and expertly crafted. Do yourself a favor and check it out.