College can be fun, but also rigorous at times, and everyone could use a break from their everyday life once in a while. If you’re looking for a relaxing escape in between classes, fraternity events, and hangouts, we have the perfect solution: curl up with a good book! Based on your major, we’ve handpicked some of our personal favorites that will both spark your interest and take your mind off of other responsibilities.
If You’re an Art Major
For the creative minds on campus, try Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. This book will immerse you in an imaginative world and surprise you at every turn. The short novel is set in a dreamlike labyrinth that draws inspiration from Greek mythology while subverting it in unexpected ways. The rich, descriptive writing is sure to inspire and challenge.
If You’re a Science Major
Learn about the fascinating and sometimes strange behavior of animals, no textbook required. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach explores the relationship of humans, with our laws and systems, to animals, who usually have no regard for laws and systems. The concept is explored through true stories, forensic science, genetics, chemistry, ecology and more.
If You’re an Engineering Major
For those who prefer a more analytical, practical reading experience, one of the best such books is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Why do most people give up on New Years Resolutions by January? Why is it so hard to quit a bad habit? Clear explores and defines these issues, while providing a simple, powerful way to address them. We recommend this book as a great starting point for any improvement or change to everyday life.
If You’re a Healthcare Major
For many people in the Healthcare field, the job can be as much about relationships with people as it is the expertise. Michele Harper, author of The Beauty in Breaking, understands this perfectly. Her powerful memoir recounts her life as an emergency room physician, and the lessons learned in healing both others and herself.
If You’re a Law Major
If you’re interested in the inner workings of the legal system, try Graham Moore’s novel The Holdout. Part thriller, part mystery, the story follows a jury on a high profile murder case, where one juror changed the outcome. What follows is a gripping page turner that you may be able to solve if you pay close attention.
If You’re an English Major
If your major is English or Literature related, you may have read many classic novels, including a fair few Shakespeare plays. Take a break from the monotony with Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Hamnet is a fictional reimagining of William Shakespeare’s life, viewed instead through the perspectives of his wife and children. The story is thought provoking, but the poignant, beautiful writing is what makes this novel stand out.
If You’re a Communications MajorFor those fascinated by the way we interact and connect with one another, take it to the extreme with Amanda Montell’s Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism. The author takes us on a journey through the workings of various high profile cults, like Scientology, and explores the unique language used to recruit and indoctrinate members. It’s perfect for fans of true crime and cultural analysts alike.