Once upon a time

What to read when you aren’t reading textbooks

“The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now” by Meg Jay 

“Clinical psychologist Dr. Jay claims that the twenties are the defining years of adulthood. She helps to put a lot into perspective by causing you to not see your twenties as only a transitioning period. She also provides career tips that can be beneficial to us all, seeing how we are going to school at Ferris State to pursue a certain occupation in the future,” Ferris pre-pharmacy sophomore Jayla Smith said. 

“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell 

“This book is describing how little everyday things effect the world around us and can eventually become a big epidemic,” Ferris hospitality management sophomore Oliver Wissman said. 

“Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life” by Tasha Eurich 

“Asking questions about yourself is important for yourself and for others to understand you better. Without asking yourself these questions, it’s impossible for one to know what makes us better and stronger in everyday life. Even still, most of us are poor judges of ourselves, so to other people we get different insights on how people perceive us in the world,” Wissman said. 

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline 

“It takes place in the future where everyone pretty much spends their time in a virtual reality video game called the Oasis. The Oasis was created by a man called James Halliday. In his will, Halliday says that he has hidden an Easter egg in the Oasis and that the first person to find the egg will inherit his fortune. This causes a group of individuals called gunters to form, people whose sole purpose is to find Halliday’s Easter egg. The book follows one such gunter named Wade Wyatts, who goes on a life changing journey to find Halliday’s Easter egg,” Ferris digital art and game design junior Daniel Cortez said. 

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini 

“My favorite book is the ‘Kite Runner.’ The movie is not that good, because of what happens when you transfer through mediums but that book is amazing. It deals with a lot of stuff like personal struggle and it’s a good book. It’s not like historical fiction, it’s just a guy who wrote this really great story. You’re like ‘wow, I can really see someone going through all this’ and then they are probably like, ‘well this probably isn’t real but he put a lot of him into it.’ That’s what was so interesting about it,” Ferris graphic design sophomore Brendan Teays said. 

“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer 

“That one was interesting because it shows how crazy some people get when they are just like, ‘oh yeah, let’s climb Mount Everest.’ I don’t want to go through that. But that one was just really interesting because it followed Jon Krakauer who was like, ‘hey I’ve always wanted to climb Mount Everest.’ He was a hiker—he could climb a mountain. He said it was the worst thing he has ever done. It was also one of the deadliest years up on the mountain,” Teays said. 

“The Inheritance Cycle” by Christopher Paolini 

“It’s four books but most people know it by its first book, ‘Eragon.’ It takes place in a fantasy world, a way long time ago. It’s an adventure in a fantasy world where one main character struggles throughout it. It’s fantasy, so there is magic of course. There is also dragons,” Ferris digital arts and game design sophomore Zach VandenBerg said.

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