Favorite page-turners from our alums, students, faculty and staff.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a book I was introduced to a few years ago and it has been a favorite on my list since. It opened my eyes to a different culture and the way of life amidst crisis and war.
-Caitlyn D., current Drexel student
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a wonderful read. It made me laugh, cry and ponder the meaning of life. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is another great read. I couldn’t put it down and found myself anticipating the turn of events. It was a beautifully written story about the development of a relationship.
-Jenny Tran, Drexel alum
18 Minutes by Peter Bregman. Excellent book on time management— if you have time to read it.
-Michael Davis, Drexel staff
As a paleontologist, I would be remiss not to mention My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek. It is an introduction to modern paleontology with the delightful personal twist of the author exploring how new discoveries and techniques have made the dinosaurs we know today very different than the dinosaurs he thought he knew during his childhood.
-Eric Morschhauser, Drexel faculty
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Great book set during the Nigerian Civil War. You won’t be disappointed—trust me.
-Ene Anteyi, current Drexel student
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you need to do some soul searching, this is a good read. It is masterfully written and is a superb example of how life is about the journey, not the destination. Also, anything by Jane Austen. Face it, she’s awesome. They just don’t write like that anymore.
-Lydia Pappas, Drexel alum
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. This novel was published in 1913 and describes the challenges that new settlers faced as they transformed the American frontier from wilderness to farms and towns. A central theme of the story is that we are all connected to each other, and that the human experience is enriched by our experience of others. In today’s digital age, when many of us interact with colleagues and co-workers almost exclusively online, the topic of human interconnectedness is perhaps more relevant than ever.
-Suzanne Faubl, Drexel alum
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. It responds to the question: Why are we here? What is our purpose for living?
-Ruth Henley Drexel faculty
Spooner by Pete Dexter. Hilarious and touching story. The writing is superb; each page is a gift. And Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. An amazing story of strength and survival during WWII.
-Teresa Lepak, Drexel alum
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Although the writing at times seems to be at a fifth grade reading level, the message it sends is unforgettable. From the viewpoint of the family dog, the narrator must sit back and watch the world unfold, helpless in trying to help the ones he loves. When tragedy strikes, the narrator decides he must act. It teaches you that even if someone can’t hear you or won’t listen, it is not out of your hands to help; all you have to do is be selfless, be kind and be determined.
-Marra Wagner, current Drexel student