A Ranked List of What UNCW Students Are Reading – The Seahawk
With the end of the semester on the horizon and a plethora of textbooks waiting to be read, The Seahawk sought to see exactly what UNCW students are reading, i.e. outside of class. A variety of choices rated by popular opinion and the students themselves are waiting to be discovered. From romance to non-fiction, UNCW students read everything.
10: “The Lake House” by Kate Morton
Junior Lexi Lage’s Pick “The Lake House” is a classic vanishing novel with all the hidden secrets to match. A fast-paced, two-dimensional novel, this story is set between the early 1900s and the 2000s, following the lives of two women. Their lives become intertwined as the now elderly Alice Edevane is continually haunted by the long-hidden circumstances surrounding a family tragedy from her youth. As young investigator Sadie Sparrow works tirelessly to uncover these secrets, she shakes up the security of Edevane’s privacy.
Lexi picked the book at random as a fan of the genre and appreciates that the storyline keeps you guessing.
9: “Unlikely Animals” by Annie Hartnett
Genre: Psychological fiction
The Seahawk’s book club pick for October, “Improbable Animals,” is a swoon-worthy read that encompasses characters of all types, with a lovable but ordinary protagonist. October’s Book Club Pick follows Emma Starling as she returns home to care for her ailing father, find her missing best friend, and get back on her feet. The others wait for her kryptonite from her, as she hopes to harness her old magical healing power again.
Screenwriter Lanie Padgett was drawn to the book because of its intriguing and equally complicated storyline.
8: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan
Junior Hill Wilson’s Choice “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” gives a new perspective on something we often take for granted: our next meal. In the wake of ever-changing diets and food trends, Pollan examines the reality of the food industry and how it dictates the food choices we make.
Hill appreciates the focus on representing the food industry from the inside.
7: “Dune” by Frank Herbert
Genre: Science fiction
Sophomore June White’s choice, “Dune” is the first of Dune series. Seven other additions to the classic script have accompanied the original since its release, written by Herbert’s sons in response to the series’ high demand. Following the acquisition of the only planet known to harbor a drug known as “Spice”, a boy named Paul must fend off seekers of drug power, including space exploration and immorality.
June picked up the book after watching the film adaptation and appreciates the political depth it presents.
6: “The Gift of Being Yourself” by David G. Benner
Genre: Religious, Personal Development
Junior Joshua Lee’s Choice “The Gift of Being Yourself” addresses the age-old idea of the purpose of life. Through a Christian lens, Benner advocates that knowing individual purpose is the catalyst for a deep connection with God. He also criticizes a world in which we have to hide who we really are at the expense of the judgment of others. Taking an important cultural idea, Benner encourages those who seek to be more Christlike.
Joshua appreciates the personal understanding and relationship with God that the book ignites in him.
5: “Mathilde” by Roald Dahl
Genre: Children’s literature
Freshman Sydney Bayne’s pick “Matilda” is a classic in book and film form that never fails to take audiences back to its roots. The perfect portrayal of the extraordinary, readers fall in love with Matilda when it comes to hard-to-love parents, the push toward perfection, and deep love for their favorite teachers. Necessary evil becomes Matilda’s expertise as she navigates the new world of kindergarten.
Sydney decided to read the book based on her love for the film and finds inspiration in Miss Honey as an education major.
4: “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
Genre: Historical Fiction
Sophomore Samantha Summerlin’s choice “The Song of Achilles” tells a fictional love story with a tried and true plot that draws many people in again and again. Based closely on the mythological figure, the conventionally attractive demigod Achilles falls in love with the less substantial Patroclus, a violent prince. After Helen is kidnapped from Sparta, Achilles drags them both into trials that put them on the brink of fate.
Samantha recommends the book because of the use of imagery and chemistry between the characters.
3: “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover
Sophomore pick Lauren Mehta “It Ends With Us” fascinates readers with a sexy storyline of heartbreak and redemption, examining the effects of domestic violence and feeling first love deep in the heart. After moving to Boston, Lily struggles with feelings of love and longing for deeply troubled Ryle while battling feelings for long-lost love Atlas, all in the town where they were meant to start a life there. many years ago.
Lauren read the book following a promising recommendation from her friends.
2: “The Fellowship of the Ring” by JRR Tolkien
Elder Mike Olsen’s pick “The Fellowship of the Ring” is the prologue to The Lord of the Rings, giving readers who loved or missed The Hobbit a glimpse of the story that continues in the following work. After being entrusted with the ring by old Uncle Bilbo, Frodo Baggins decides to keep it close despite threats from the Dark Lord Sauron to take it back. Frodo embarks on an arduous journey across Middle-earth to defeat the Dark Lord and continue the ring’s legacy.
Mike expressed his delight at how Tolkien creates Middle-earth with layers of dimension, leaving behind a hugely captivating setting.
1: “Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
Senior Dylan Sessoms’ pick “The Poet X” is a collection of poems that speaks louder than traditional words ever could. Featuring poems written exclusively by fictional lead character Xiomara Bautista, this collection documents her coming of age as she experiences love, fitting in, and looking different, all for the first time. time. Confronted with the religious burden of her family, she must express herself without knowing it.
Dylan decided to give the book a try because of his interest in poetry.