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Stags Read: Book Recommendations: Student Picks

This guide provides book recommendations with links to books from the Library's catalog and to other external websites.

Fairfield University Student Suggestions


 Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

 Recommended by Madison Lynch '24, Major: Psychology

"Ace of Shades is wildly entertaining. If you are a fantasy reader, I think you’d really enjoy this one. The world building and character development are fantastic, and the plot is really engaging and interesting, plus one of the main characters Levi is a POC and bisexual, so there’s some great representation to be had as well. Overall, a great read, plus it’s the first of a trilogy so it’d be great to get you out of a reading slump :)"
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 Dubliners by James Joyce

 Recommended by Julia Lanzillotta '22, Major: Communication with a minor in French

"I read the short stories that make up “Dubliners” in high school and James Joyce’s writing style really struck a chord with me. I appreciated how he was able to use his words in such an artistic way, and his work encouraged me to think more about the deeper meanings that the texts hold, beyond what they mean in a literal sense. This story prompted me to explore other Joyce pieces like “Ulysses” and “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. I encourage anyone who enjoys to read to take a chance at Joyce’s dark humor and colorful language." 

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 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

 Recommended by: Danielle Sondgeroth '22, Major: Journalism and Art History with a French minor

"I first discovered V.E. Schwab last year after reading her book, “A Darker Shade of Magic.” I adored it so as soon as I saw “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” on a shelf in Barnes and Noble, I knew I had to read it. It’s about a young woman who, upon being forced into an arranged marriage, calls upon the old gods to save her. The god that saves her grants her eternal life, but damns her to live without anyone remembering her. It’s a haunting novel with many twists and turns and a fantastic writing style."
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 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

 Recommended by: Alexandra Kardos '24, Major: Accounting. Spanish minor

"This quirky coming-of-age story was recommended to me by a friend and was not something I probably would have read on my own. While the subject of a a lesbian girl growing up in an English Pentecostal community seemed a bit intense initially, Winterson’s dark humor is unmatched. She tackles everything from complex family relationships to faith in an honest but gentle way. I found it to be raw and poetic all at once and honestly such a fun read."
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 Written in Red by Anne Bishop         

 Recommended by: Erica Corey '22 , Major: Psychology with Philosophy Minor

"This book series is a must read of supernatural genre lovers. There is amazing world building and exploration of character  growth. The main character is a blood prophet who escapes a systematic from of slavery/captivity (coined Benevolent Ownership in the novel). Blood prophets have the ability to see the future when they are cut and experience a euphoria after receiving a cut. In her escape from her captors, she finds refuge on what is essentially a supernatural reservation. The story blossoms from there. Each of the novels tells of how she overcomes the hardships of going from shackles to freedom as well as shaking her addiction. Bishop does an amazing job developing the main character and supporting cast throughout the book (and even moreso throughout the series)!"
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 A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

 Recommended by: Nicholas Ambrosino '23, Major: International Business and Finance

"A New Earth is an incredible self-improvement book and tool for spiritual guidance. In the book, Tolle breaks down humanity's inherent dysfunction, unpacks the roots of emotional pain, causes of harmful ego, and what it means to be conscious. This book provided me with new information that I implemented in my day-to-day, and I think it can provide valuable insight to many of my peers or anyone wanting to learn more about what it means to be human."
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 Untamed by Glennon Doyle

 Recommended by: Samantha Secora '23, Major: Marketing with  Film Production Minor

"This is a great book about the journey of self-love and self-discovery through a rather tough time. Most women find it hard to confidently display their true self in front of others, but this autobiography emphasizes the idea that one should feel courageous and willing to defy the societal norms and live life to the fullest. This is an empowering book for young women to read and take advice on how to confidently be your true self in society today."
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 Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel

 Recommended by: Pete Baron '23, Major: Sociology

"This book tells the story of a man who walked across America and learned invaluable lessons along the way. I recommend this book because it speaks to the existence of our common humanity which is often hard to identify in such a polarized world. I believe this book is especially relevant today as political polarization in the United States has distracted us from the shared experiences and commonly held beliefs which make us all Americans and at a deeper level, humans."
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MFA Creative Writing

Over the past years the MFA in Creative Writing program has celebrated the success of over 30 books published by MFA students and alumni. MFA students and faculty have also published hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems in renowned literary journals and magazines, won awards and have received honorable mentions.

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