Top 8 Books to Read Instead of Using Technology


Books can offer a great break from technology. Photo by StockSnap

Blake Hinerman, Features Editor

Though technology continues to integrate itself in many different aspects of life ‘disconnecting’ and settling into a good book continually proves to have great benefits in both personal and professional aspects of life. According to a study by the University of the People, reading for pleasure encourages creative thinking, strengthens concentration.

Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
A New York Times #1 bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing captivates readers into the life of Kya, a young child navigating life on her own in the marshland of North Carolina. After a popular kid in town is murdered, local police look to Kya as their first suspect. Was she capable of murder? Is she really to blame? Find out in this short but exciting novel.

Fiction: The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave
The Last Thing He Told Me follows the Micheals, a small family living in the floating home community of Sausalito, California. Owen Micheals, the ultimate family man, acted kind, loving and hard-working to no end. This New York Times bestseller is sure to keep readers invested in the fate of the Micheals family after a corporate scandal turns their lives upside down.

Fiction: It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
Texas-native Colleen Hoover made the bestsellers list quickly with It Ends With Us, a novel commanding attention from the very first page. This book takes readers into the depths of broken relationships, first loves, ‘what-ifs’ and what could have been, with every twist and turn contributing to a heart-wrenching tale of love at the ultimate price. 

Fiction: The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bestselling author Jennifer Lynn Barnes does not disappoint with this new series. The Inheritance Games trilogy follows the life of Avery Kylie Grambs, a teenager from Connecticut with little affiliation to a ‘normal life.’ This captivating mystery leaves readers on the edge of their seats, integrating forbidden romances with the constant question of ‘why me?’ 

Nonfiction: Make Your Bed – William H. McRaven
As a former Navy four-star Admiral, William H. McRaven offers several tips to success in his book, Make Your Bed. Originally a graduation address to students at the University of Texas, McRaven insists, ‘if you want to change the world – make your bed.’ 

Nonfiction: Atomic Habits – James Clear
In an ever-changing world, it’s hard not to have dreams and aspirations that simply seem out of reach. In Atomic Habits, James Clear walks readers through the process of continual improvement and “getting 1% better each day.” By breaking bad habits and generating good habits, Clear offers new ideas to long-lasting habits. 

Nonfiction: I Will Always Write Back – Caitlin Aliferenka and Martin Ganda
An unexpected friendship is sure to captivate readers in this dual-memoir, I Will Always Write Back. Martin, a student from Zimbabwe, and Caitlin, an all-American girl from Pennsylvania, start their lifelong friendship as international penpals. Martin’s high aspirations and goals and Caitlin’s generosity and unwavering efforts change each other’s lives forever. 

Nonfiction: Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant
In a rapidly changing world, it may be difficult to find comfort in what is unknown. In Think Again, Grant poses an interesting perspective to finding this comfort: rethink and unlearn. As an organizational psychologist, Grant comes with the credibility and research needed to find effective ways to succeed in life, as well as ways to efficiently implement such methods in one’s life.