3 Books to Read During 2021

By Iridium Tutoring Team

Posted on September 9, 2020

By Iridium Tutoring Team

School has started for many high school students, and many may be struggling to balance their schedule. Often, the best way to manage your time is to take a step away from your schedule and read a book! Here are three fun-to-read books created by Iridium Tutoring’s team for your entertainment:

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, follows the path of Santiago, a young shepherd. He has the same dream every time he sleeps under the sycamore tree, and a gypsy woman deciphers the meaning of the dream, telling Santiago to go to Egypt. Santiago learns of his Personal Legend and its meaning to him, and he sets off for his journey. The journey opens the world to Santiago, and he learns of countless ideas and eye-opening discoveries. One's soul is examined throughout the plot of this compelling novel. The Alchemist takes you into an ethereal world of wonder, and leaves you changed. The ideas presented in this book, as well as the manner in which they are conveyed all tie the story of Santiago's development together. This book is a must for high schoolers!

2. State of Fear by Michael Crichton

In the last few years, debates about climate change have intensified, getting more people to become conscious of how everyday tasks impact planet Earth’s health. However, back in 2004 when the book was written, Michael Crichton’s thriller, State of Fear, presented the issue at a different angle. State of Fear follows a small group of people from various backgrounds as they attempt to stop a group of eco-terrorists plotting mass-murder to publicize global warming. The dramatic story has a clutching plot and an elaborate premise, intending to make readers think hard about the story long after finishing the book.

3. Gray Mountain from John Grisham

During the 2008 recession, many people were laid off or furloughed from their jobs. Amongst them, Samantha Kofer, a young associate of a big law firm in NYC, is forced to take a charity internship in the Appalachian Mountains whilst furloughed. There, she is enlightened of a very different lifestyle and the looming issue of strip coal mining. From abusing employees to causing deaths to poisoning local water sources, the coal mining companies’ corner cutting becomes the center antagonist throughout the story. Join Samantha in her battle against mining companies in John Grisham’s legal thriller, Gray Mountain.