Summer Reading: It’s Time to Read the Book You Actually Want to Read!

Posted by on June 9, 2014

Written by Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth’s Campus Librarian Jen Schuldt. 

It’s hard to believe that another quarter is almost over (doesn’t each quarter seem to go by faster than the one before?). After finals week is over, you will find yourself with a four week break. Hopefully you have some fantastic plans that involve relaxing and not worrying about homework.

This is the book that I want to read over summer break.

I want to encourage you to read a book for pleasure over the four week break; not a textbook where you have to memorize a bunch of information, but a book that can transport you to another place and/or time. Plus, studies have shown that reading fiction is good for your brain, as illustrated in this New York Times article.

The Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth Library has built up a collection of fiction the past few years. The collection is located in the front of the library on the shorter shelves. Any student that is registered for Summer Quarter classes can check out a book to read over the four week break. All you have to do to check it out is bring it to me up at the desk in the library with your student ID (or other form of ID). If I am out for some reason, you can check it out up at the front desk.

Some highlights of MSB-Plymouth’s fiction collection:

Books that are going to be/have been turned into films

• Gone GirlA film version of this book is set to be released in the fall starring Ben Affleck and directed by David Fincher.

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. – from

• The Fault in Our StarsThe film version of this was recently released starring Shailene Woodley.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. -from

• A Winter’s TaleThe film version of this novel was released last Valentine’s Day weekend starring Colin Farrell and Matt Bomer.

When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey. -from

Some of the titles that are available for you to check out from the library at MSB-Plymouth

Award-winning fiction

• The Lowland (winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction)

Two brothers bound by tragedy. A fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past. A country torn by revolution. A love that lasts long past death. An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: the best-selling author of The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth. Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. -from

• The Good Lord Bird (winner of the 2013 National Book Award)

Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. -from


Check out more of the library’s resources at Library Connect. Happy reading!

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