8 Essential “Smart” Books You Should Read For Fun
Have you seen the trailer for the new movie adaptation of On the Road? It looks pretty awesome. It’s hard to believe that Jack Kerouac’s iconic book hasn’t been made into a movie yet. The novel is an emblem of the Beat generation. It’s a travel story and coming-of-age tale, both of which make very popular movies. Even though one of the stars is Kristen Stewart, the movie looks like it could be great. And who knows, maybe K Stew will be awesome and totally redeem herself for Twilight. Maybe.
The hype surrounding the movie got us thinking about books we read in school. There’s nothing that kills a great book quite as much as a boring high school English class. But it turns out that lots of the books your high school teachers made you read were pretty awesome. On the Road is one of them. For most people, it’s a love-it-or-hate-it novel, but it’s definitely worth a read whatever your experience happens to be. Here are 8 more books you probably got assigned in school that are worth a second look if you skipped over them the first time.
Full disclosure: I’m an English major and book nerd, but I promise that these books really are awesome. I have a million more books I could add to the list, but I did my best to narrow it down.
Did we miss any? What are YOUR favorite books?
Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter.
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