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“This Book Changed My Life”

While online learning has its setbacks, it has also provided Forest Hills Eastern students with at least one advantage: more free time at home. Many times, it can be easy for students to revert to screens for a break or some comfort after a long day of learning. This is completely understandable Hawks, but take this time to continue supplementing your minds! One of the best ways to do this is through reading.

The following is a list of recommended reads compiled from an Instagram poll, in which I asked Eastern students, staff, alums, and community members: Which book changed your life or world view?

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
  • $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
  • The Bible
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (read it twice!)
  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  • Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff and Donald Miller
  • How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Ender’s Game Novel by Orson Scott Card
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Diogenes of Sinope – Life and Legend by Diogenes Laertius and Plutarch
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back By Laurel Shaler
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


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