Russellville Reads: Check out these titles as graduation nears
It’s a busy time of year, with graduation on the horizon for many of our wonderful library patrons. We realize you’re getting down to the wire with finishing up assignments and your impending final exams, and we want you to know we are so proud of you all!
Once the caps are thrown and the parties are over, we have some recommended reading for those of you wondering – what next?
“A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Rebecca Solnit
This collection of essays is centered on self-discovery and explores the idea of enjoying being lost. Life outside of high school is no doubt confusing, but there’s also a lot of beauty in not knowing what lies in store.
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
This is a beloved story about a boy who follows his dreams and discovers more about himself along the way. Graduating high school is a huge and exciting accomplishment, so why not celebrate by reading a feel-good fable that will get you excited about the unknown ahead?
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
This is a light-hearted story of a girl who harbors an obsession for a fictional equivalent of the Harry Potter franchise and is given a rude awakening when she heads off to college and starts to feel pressure to let go of her passion. Whether you belong to a fandom or not, this novel approaches the topic of moving on from the things we’ve always loved, which is no doubt a huge part of every high school graduate’s life.
“On Writing” by Stephen King
It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring writer or not because this book is an entertaining and enlightening read regardless – and chances are, it’ll still provide you with a few good tips on how to nail the inevitable college essay.
“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” by Michael Chabon
This book is the ultimate coming-of-age story, often compared to high school reading list favorites “The Great Gatsby” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” It walks through the life of a boy who’s sorting through complex relationships with his father, his friends and, most importantly, himself.
“Oh! The Places You Will Go!” by Dr. Seuss
This book is our personal favorite read for recent high school graduates. Although it is a children’s book, its story is perfect for those on the precipice of starting this new chapter in their lives. “You’re off to great places… today is your day! You’re off to great places… up, up, and away!”
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2019!
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Russellville Reads is written by Russellville Public Library director Ashley Cummins.