Must Read: 6 Fantastic Books for Your Summer Break

School is out for summer! Well technically, only for four weeks, but still, now is the time to kick back, relax and read a book! Yes, you read that right, read a book! Keep your brain active and fit in time for the upcoming summer quarter by reading a few fiction (and one non-fiction) books.

Globe University-Madison West faculty and staff bookworms have submitted their perfect pick for great summer read. Are these books on your recreational reading list? If not, they should be! Check it out.

A New Take on Nursery Rhymes…

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Jennifer Brown (left), academic and online coordinator, and Kim Sprecker, dean of faculty, with their book choices.

From Kim Sprecker, dean of faculty: “If you like mysteries, clever humor, and imaginative detail, you will delight in either of Jasper Fforde’s “nursery crimes.”  In “The Big Over Easy,” Detective Jack Spratt investigates the murder of celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play. In “The Fourth Bear,” the Gingerbread Man is on the loose.  Meanwhile, Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are searching for missing journalist “Goldy” Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the Three Bears, and Spratt senses something strange about their story, starting with the porridge. I found myself laughing out loud, saying to anyone who was around, ‘Listen to this…’  I couldn’t put these books down, and you won’t be able to, either!”

If You Liked Wicked You’ll Love…

From Jennifer Brown, academic and online coordinator: “If you are a fan of the book and musical Wicked, “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” is a must read this summer! Author Gregory Maguire crafted this book in a similar style but this time, spins the tale of Cinderella. The story we are accustomed to is far from the picture painted by Maguire in this novel. The story surrounds a family escaping poverty in England who travels to Holland in hopes of being welcomed back with opens arms, but they find it is not as easy as one hopes. This book has made me doubt Cinderella’s story and put the role of the “ugly step-sisters” in a new light. Where the three sisters are going and what they do to survive from their mother’s constant negativity thanks to their colorful imaginations makes it a great story.”

A Gripping Read About a Girl Who Vanished…

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Globe Instructor, Anne Pfennig

From Anne Pfennig, general education instructor: “If you want a gripping summer read that you just can’t put down, pick up Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl.’  This book has been on the NY Times bestseller list for a while now, and with good reason.  It delves into marriage, asking how well can a husband know his wife. A couple, Nick and Amy, are on the eve of celebrating their fifth anniversary when she disappears.  Did Nick kill her?  Did Amy run away?  Flynn takes you on a roller-coaster of doubt and deception as she leads you through the search for Amy and the answers to her disappearance.”

What a Ride Rock and Roll Brings…

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Community Manager, Jennifer Hilgenodorf

From Jennifer Hilgendorf, community manager: “It’s no secret that I am a Duranie and so it’s obvious my summer reading pick is ‘In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran’ by John Taylor. If you’re a fan of the 80’s, love music and are intrigued by the life of a pop star, this is a book for you. John Taylor’s autobiography composes a tale of big dreams and dire consequences. He shares his story about the rise, fall and resurrection of his rock star life while reminding us that they are human too. His story is inspirational particularly when he writes about battling his addictions and for me, once I was finished, I had more admiration for him than I ever did before.”

In This Book, Love is Magical…

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Campus Librarian, Amy O’Shea

Amy O’Shea, campus librarian: “I recommend ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. This is a whimsical book about an amazing circus created by dueling magicians, who also happen to fall in love. There is a host of characters and the timeline is not at all linear, which can be a bit confusing at first, but starts to make sense further into the story you get. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the colorful personalities that make up the circus, and reading about the amazing creations that the two magicians devise, as a way to out preform each other, as well as express their love for one another. The descriptions are so detailed and rich, the reader feels transported right to the big top!”

Did you know that a few of these recommendations are available at our campus library along with several more recreational books that will be sure to cure your need to read? Be sure to stop by the library during your break and check one out today!