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3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

3 books to fill your beach bag this summer

By Ana Plefka  |  Student reporter

During summer break, it’s easy to spend your downtime hanging out with friends and binging on Netflix. Next time you reach for your laptop, however, pick up one of these reads instead for some entertaining and refreshing story telling.

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
It’s been more than 15 years since Judy Blume published a book for adults, but she has not missed a beat when it comes to writing an emotional narrative. This partly autobiographical novel tells the story of three plane crashes that happened in 1950s Elizabeth, New Jersey, and their effect on adolescent main character, Miri. A heartwarming but real story of community and family, this book is perfect for when you need to escape the heat and stay safely inside your air-conditioned home.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Going on a cross-country road trip? Need to survive 8 hours in a car with nothing but gas station snacks and your family? There is no better way to read the classic journey of On the Road than while traveling, whether an hour from home or across the Atlantic. Kerouac’s alter-ego, Sal Paradise, narrates a unique quest to find the meaning of life, which is riddled with travel, jazz, poetry, and what it means to be a part of the “beat” generation. Don’t forget to pack this one in your suitcase on your next adventure.

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
Not only is this the required summer read for incoming students, but it is also an amazing tale. Detailing Eboo Patel’s childhood and college years growing up as a Muslim in suburban Chicago, this autobiographical account highlights some of Loyola’s most central values such as service and acceptance. Bring this one to the beach if you are looking to have some relaxing and reflective down-time along the lake.