By Laura Sienkiewicz

Since June 20th (the first official day of summer!) is coming up quick, I thought that I could share some book recommendations because there Is absolutely nothing better than laying out in the sun and finishing an entire book (making sure that you put sunscreen on beforehand, of course!)

Here’s a list of ten very, very good-reads (including recommendations from me, other Wellness Peer Educators, Graduate Assistants, and pro-staff!):

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Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph

If suspense is your thing, make sure to add this book to your “Book-It” List for the summer. It centers around two plots: one involving a tragic accident and the other involving a missing nine-year-old. These two events are tied together even though they happened twenty-three years apart, but nobody seems to be able to figure out the cause of either of them. I read this book over spring break last year and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

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Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering by Judith N. Laser

If you are a part of a volunteering or service organization, especially one that involves helping communities abroad, or if you are interested in learning more about the impacts (both positive and negative) that these organizations have, this is definitely the book to read. Judith Lasker includes great research along with interviews with volunteers and host country staff members, among others.

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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Written in more of a poetic manner with four different narrators describing four different lives, Perfect tackles more difficult subjects such as eating disorders and suicide. Definitely a must-read (along with Ellen Hopkins’ other bestsellers such as Triangles and Identical!)

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

According to Nicky Owens, “This thriller/murder mystery keeps throwing you for loops!” I haven’t read this one myself, but I will definitely add it to my list! In this book, a journalist is invited to be on the first voyage of a cruise line and witnesses someone being thrown overboard. However, she finds out that none of the passengers are missing and decided to investigative. (P.S. Ruth Ware has a new book coming out this summer!)

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Organic Chemistry (8th Edition) by William H. Brown, Brent L. Iverson, Eric Anslyn, and Christopher S. Foote

JUST KIDDING!

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is a book with fantastic information… exactly what the title says! It includes straightforward chapters on being a leader, dealing with arguments, and addressing criticism. Each chapter includes real-life examples and quick summaries about the information presented. What you learn from Dale Carnegie could be useful for many, many years, so the sooner you add this book to your list, the better!

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I personally haven’t read this one but WPE Evan recommends it! It centers around the relationship between somewhat of a grumpy man and his friendly, talkative neighbors. The book was written by Fredrik Backman of Sweden, translated into thirty-eight languages, and has even been turned into a movie (so be sure to watch it after reading the book!)

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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

In her books, Roxane Gay includes short stories and short essays written about her experiences and encounters along with those of others. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture is a collection of stories regarding the issues of rape and assault and Hunger is a memoir focusing on struggles with food and body image. Both books tackle difficult topics, but starting conversations about these topics is what increases awareness and promotes change.

You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

In preparation for the new school year, this sort of “self-help” book can give you some good advice and inspiration to improve your outlook and motivate you to continue to succeed. A big plus is the humor that Jen Sincero adds to it!

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

This is a good book to add to your summer list if you want something a bit more focused on the environmental dimension of wellness (a dimension that often seems to be overlooked.) Florence Williams emphasizes the importance of nature and explores research about its positive effects on our health and wellbeing.

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Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown

If you want some insight on how to be a great leader, try reading this book by Brene Brown. She uses many examples and her research to expand on what it means to be a leader and what you can do to improve your leadership skills. And important aspect mentioned is that leadership involves skill sets that are teachable!

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