By Anna Grace Usery
It’s finals week at the University of Mississippi, which means a month-long break is near for thousands of students and professors.
For the perfect relaxation activity, try picking up one “those books.” You know, the ones you meant to read in high school that you wrote an entire paper about. Or the one your freshman literature professor “suggested” you read for good measure. Or, if you’re not into the literature of the past, try cracking open two of the hottest books to hit the shelves in 2018.
Save watching the final season of “How I Met Your Mother” for the seventh time and pick up one of these timeless and soon-to-be timeless books of literature.
- “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
Warning – this is not a happy read. We love Truman Capote for many reasons, but one is for his friendship with childhood friend Harper Lee. (Add “To Kill a Mockingbird” to another one of your reading lists if you haven’t already.) Lee even ventured to Kansas with Capote to help tell this story. The book details the murders of four members of the Clutter family in 1959 who lived in the small community of Holcomb, Kansas. A manhunt ensues. Can the murderers turn inward and reflect on themselves in their time of trouble? This thriller will keep you turning page after page and continually asking, “Why?”
2. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis is a Christian writer who based his series “The Chronicles of Narnia” on a rendition of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the first book in the series and was adapted in 2005 as a Disney film. Though there are some critical themes and allegories that snake in and out of the text, the elements of mythical, talking creatures and crossover from wartime to a fantasy world make this book one to explore after a hard semester of being serious all the time.
3. “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
Hottytoddy.com book editor Allen Boyer contributed to this article