Feeling stuck and uninspired while staying at home? Here are a few recommendations of books you have to read before you head to college.
Feeling stuck and uninspired while staying at home? One of the most common pieces of advice that you might have heard people offer is to use this time to read up. That's precisely one of the best things you can do if you don't have a lot of resources, and want to expand your mind, heart and soul — especially if you're caught in that exciting yet anxious phase between high school and college.
Here are a few recommendations of books you have to read before you head to college:
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Did you know that the new Disney movie starring Grace VanderWaal was based on this book? Stargirl is an award-winning classic — not just among young adults, but young-adults-at-heart who need a lighthearted reminder that it's okay to be quirky, eccentric and totally yourself.
"I Love My Body" by Nikki Luna
Speaking of self-love, this book by feminist Filipina writer Nikki Luna sheds light on topics that are not easy but very important to talk about even at a young age: loving and owning one's body completely, consent, sexual violence, and gender empowerment. This book is published by Power In Her Story (PIHS) which Luna is a part of, and is illustrated by Julienne Dadivas (popularly known as Hulyen). A Tagalog translation ("Mahal Ko Ang Katawan Ko") by Faye Cura is also available.
Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar
Award winning Filipino writer Edgar Samar's horror YA series has a cult following for a simple reason: it's good, and once you read it, you'll be hooked! It's a must for your collection of Tagalog fiction, and it's sure to provide some much-needed inspiration for before you step into your humanities classes this year.
Other recommended reads from the same author: 101 Kagila-gilalas na Nilalang, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (all available in local bookstores)
Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
This book, designed by artist Chip Kidd, visualizes Neil Gaiman's famous 2012 commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. His compelling speech pushes artists to, simply put, make good art and think outside the box.
Other recommended reads from the same author: Mostly, all his other works.
Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor
If you're more into science than the arts — or are undecided about which to pursue — this book is perfect. It talks about the amazing double life of Austrian-born actress Hedy Lamarr, whose beauty and brains (she co-invented a technology called the frequency-hopping spread spectrum) show that there's no reason why girls can't have both.
If you want more books about girls in STEM: Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women In Space, Hidden Figures
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