by: Diana Richtman
It’s no secret that 2017 was a crazy year. With classes, work and campus life, there might not have been a lot of time left for much else. It’s important for college students to set aside time in their busy schedules for relaxing. Speaking from my experience, fiction reading is one of the best remedies for stress. Fiction offers escape and adventure into worlds potentially unlike my own and inspires empathy that can be helpful in navigating a world that at times seems more divided than united. If you’re trying to read more in 2018, consider checking out one of these five books that were released in 2017 that you may have missed.
1. “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah’s parents are very traditional and really want their daughter to find an “Ideal Indian Husband”. The only problem? Dimple’s not on board. She’s more concerned with starting college than snagging the perfect man. Before starting school in the fall, Dimple attends a summer program for aspiring web designers. Unbeknownst to Dimple, Rishi, the boy her parents have arranged for her to marry attends the summer program too. Rishi’s job is to get Dimple to fall in love with him. In this rom-com novel, there’s sure to be a lot of love and laughs.
2. “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone
A more serious read, “Dear Martin” is about Justyce McAllister, who is one of the best in his class, and is set to attend an ivy league school. When he has a run in with the police, he turns to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for guidance. Justyce starts writing in a journal in which he addresses the entries to Dr. King. When Justyce and his friend attract the attention of a white off-duty police officer, shots end up being fired. In the aftermath, Justyce is the one who’s in the spotlight for better or worse.
3. “Dreadnought” by April Daniels
Although I haven’t gotten the chance to read “Dreadnought” yet, it sounds so different from anything I’ve read before that I can’t wait to get my hands on it. At the beginning of the story, Danny Tozer has one secret she’s trying to keep—she’s transgender. The action starts when she’s given the powers of Dreadnought aka the world’s greatest superhero. Those powers include transforming her body into exactly what she always thought it should be. Now, there’s no hiding who she is. Between coming out and saving the world, Danny is not the most typical superhero, but she’s arguably the superhero the world desperately needs.
4. “Shadowhouse Fall” by Daniel José Older
In the second book of Shadowshaper series, Sierra, the teenage hero everyone wished they could be, is back creating more art and working with more spirits. If you haven’t read the first book, be sure to check it out before picking up this one. In this sequel, Sierra and her friends fight more evil spirits and the gentrification of their neighborhood in Brooklyn.
5. “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour
This novel is the epitome of short and sweet. It’s the perfect length if you don’t think you have much time for reading. Marin leaves everything behind when she leaves her home in California for college in New York. It isn’t until winter break when her best friend Mabel comes to visit that she finally confronts the tragedy she’s been running away from. This book is an important reminder in the new year that sometimes it’s better to confront what scares us than run from it.