3 Awesome Novels Sure To Relieve The College Student Mind

Escape reality and read a book. Let’s face it, college is stressful. At times it feels like school swallows up lives and makes everything a mess. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day makes the bum sore and the eyes strained. Sure, YouTube and Netflix are mindless fun, but nothing beats reading a book. Give your eyes and mind a break for a while, and pick up an electronic-free way to escape reality into captivating worlds, in a book. You’ll be better off for it!

For all your book purposes and interests and relief, here are some of the best.

The book to laugh with

During finals season, do you even remember how to laugh? It goes something like this, “Ha, ha, ha.” If not, then have faith that Demetri Martin is a comical genius. Everyday sights and objects, like mountains or graphs, instantly become hilarious. While his television show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, did not last all that long, his jokes can live forever through text in This is a Book. That is unless some catastrophe like that in Farenheit 451 plagues the earth. Let us hope that never happens. Scary thoughts aside, the book switches between lighthearted tales and his famous simple, yet humorous drawings. It’s a quick page turner, but life will seem less daunting by the last page. After all, Demetri found ways to laugh at everyday happenings.

Lesson learned from This is a Book? Enjoy the simple things in life.

The book to cry with

Sometimes a good cry is all you need to feel better. Whether there is personal drama or your favorite television couple broke up, tears are inevitably shed throughout life. If anyone knows how to tug at the heartstrings, it’s Daniel Keyes, the author of Flowers for Algernon. Keyes writes about Charlie, a man whose intelligence is generally looked down upon. After participating in an experimental intelligence study, his IQ soars, but is questioned when the mouse who was tested before him falls in an intelligence decline. Let’s not spoil any endings here. Instead, log on to Tumblr to search for this book and see how many people are influenced by this novel. As tears are shed, remember that misery loves company. Even the misery of freaking out that you’re losing all you’ve learned like Charlie during finals week. But that would never happen.

Lesson learned from Flowers for Algernon? Be kind to those around you, and that means all types and sizes and shapes.

The book to study with

Essays don’t have to be the bane of a college student’s existence. Some people actually enjoy writing essays, or even write them for a living. Enter Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman is a musical madman and writer. He’s had many books published, most containing his essays. The book that caught this CollegeHelper.com blogger hook, line, and sinker is IV. His peculiar hypotheticals and insights on the world are like nothing I’ve read before. Breaking the chapters up with essays make the text seem less daunting, too. Every chapter is something new and fresh, and every tale blends well together. Instead of rereading The Odyssey over and over and over to try to write an essay of your own, enter the mind of Klosterman. Who knows? It might ignite a fresh idea of how to tie in Odysseus with rock bands. As Klosterman writes in some of his essays, weirder things have happened in the world.

Lesson learned from IV? Writing is fun, not daunting.

The book to clarify life with

Writing that headline for this next book was a bit troublesome simply because Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is not the most lighthearted, easy going man. Most of his novels center around his past war experience and the thoughts of a fictional science fiction character, Kilgore Trout. Still, Cat’s Cradle is a superb read. Vonnegut seems all over the place, but his words become an instant masterpiece. He mixes odd drawings with his broken up text to make seemingly unrelated text cohesive. But the important pick to take from Vonnegut’s brain is his notoriously repeated phrase, “So it goes.” This line refers to countless aspects of life. Whenever life seems strange, surprising, upsetting, aggravating, or even hopeful, this phrase applies. Stuff happens. “So it goes.”

Lesson learned from Cat’s Cradle? “So it goes.” Life, that is.

Of course, four books out of the entire book population of the world are not even the tip of the iceberg, let alone an atom of the iceberg. Still, even college needs a rest for a while. And the world sure knows you do too. Pick up one of these quick reads, put your feet up, and turn page after page of an alternate world.

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Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a News-Editorial Journalism degree. An avid bookworm, Rebecca reads all texts Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut when she’s not busy writing for The Black Sheep on campus. Back home, she spends a vast amount of time enjoying nature with loved ones.