By Michael Lopergolo
For those who think this list will be filled with books about sparkling vampires, magical jeans any girl can fit into, and a spectacle wizards, then you might as well turn the page now because this article is about REAL literature.
The summer is approaching which means time off for students. Most summers are spent working, visiting the beach, or reading a good book. The summer is a time of rejuvenation, a resurgence of youth, for many the part of the year in which the “ seize the day” mentality is at its highest. For this reading list, five novels have been chosen that embody that “seize the day” mentality as well as a general youthful spirit.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s an obvious one, yes, but it is called the great American novel for a reason. Set in the “roaring 20’s” , The Great Gatsby tells the tale of the mysterious James Gatsby as he attempts to win back the love of his life. This novel is as moving as it is hypnotic, as the reader is drawn
into an America that once was. So if you want a really good read, grab a good jazz record and enjoy this American classic.
2. IT By Stephen King
Quite possibly the best of his works, not only will Stephen King’s “IT” keep you entertained, the length of the book (put # of pages here) it will last you practically the whole summer. Set both in the 1950’s and 1980’s, the story reveals a group of friends who must return to their home town to face a terrible murderous monster that terrorized them one summer from their childhood. “IT” is one of the most terrifying of Stephen King’s horror novels, but is also one of the most heart warming. The relationship between the group of friends is very powerful and the image of a group of kids running in the summer heat is the perfect example of what it means to
3. Kurt and Sid by Roy Smiles
Most people may not even know who Roy Smiles is, or even heard of the story,“Kurt and Sid”, but this obscure British play is worth the read. “Kurt and Sid” tells the tale of former lead singer of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in the final hours before he committed suicide. But before he can pull the trigger, the ghost of Punk legend Sid Vicious appears to intervene. Throughout the rest of the play Kurt and Sid ensue in a debate over topics ranging from the importance of the artist in society, to the value of life. It is a play worth reading and something I would suggest to any rock fan or literary buff to add to your reading list.
4. Seize The Green Day by Nikki Lee
Granted, being on of the biggest Green Day fans makes me biased, but none the less, “Seize the Green Day” is an excellent read for the summer. Telling the story of Fifty-one-year-old Punk rock groupie Niki Lee as she traveled from Baltimore to Berlin following the band Green Day during their historic American Idiot tour, Nikki reflects on her adventures during the 2005 summer that changed her life as well as presenting stories and pictures from other fans of the Punk Rock group. Nikki Lee shows that no matter how old you are, you can still live young.
5. Fight Club by Chuck Palhaniuk
This is where it all started. Before there was the “Fight Club” Movie there was “Fight Club” the book, and what a book it is. It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Finding relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups, he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy. Being more of a commentary on modern masculine society, rather than the “seize the day,” like the of the rest of this list, Fight Club is a powerful modern classic. It’s raunchy and at times shockingly dark humor which provides great entertainment and proves to be a guilty pleasure for any reader.