Vic One Recommends

by Annie

End-of-year projects, exams and festivities approach, Vic Ones, and I know that it can feel like you’re preparing for the apocalypse. I also know that reading can feel like a chore.

Take time to read something for yourself, not school. Check out these Vic One community-approved reads:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Ishiguro is probably my favourite contemporary author and I highly recommend all of his books. Never Let Me Go is one of his better-known novels and it’s also my favourite! It’s quite sad but it’s also intensely beautiful and thought-provoking.”
– Recommended by Alex Southgate, Pearson Stream mentor

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

“The book follows four characters from various backgrounds who come together and form a bond in 1970s India. The writing is exquisite in its simplicity, the plot is gripping, and the characters will hang with readers long after they’ve finished the final pages.”
– Recommended by Amy Kalbun, Pearson Stream mentor

The Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

“This is an auto-biography from the fourth century CE occurring in North Africa. Augustine retells his sinful and unethical youth, then transitions to his discovery of Christianity, which he credits with saving him from his deplorable actions and instead urging him to spread God’s message. Whether Christian or not, this story promulgates a powerful lesson applicable to us today: regardless of your past decisions, what truly matters is how you learn form them in order to make better decisions in the present and ultimately future. There is always hope!”
– Recommended by Jeremy Rizzetto, Frye Stream mentor

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Louise Glück’s poetry sparkles, ignites, and inspires. The simultaneous clarity and dreamlike quality of her writing astounds me and makes me want to be a better writer. These are poems you want to copy and paste all over your life. Faithful and Virtuous Night is a winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry.
– Recommended by Annie Truuvert, Vic One Assistant

Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno is a fictional thriller. It tackles the debate of overpopulation through an exhilarating art history mystery. It also focuses on the issues and consequences scientific discoveries and theories come with. This novel has something for everyone!”
– Recommended by Denisa Popa, Vic One Assistant

Everything You Didn’t Learn In School by Rishi Sholanki

“Thinking about life after school? Do you feel that you have the practical knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of the real world? Probably not, none of us do, sadly, and it takes years of trial and error to learn it all. Set yourself up for success with this helpful survival guide designed specifically for young adults ready to make their mark in the world. Topics include buying a car, filing your taxes, renting apartments, your rights as a tenant, understanding your pay statement and even buying a home. You’re probably tired of textbooks, but if there’s a book worth reading while you sip that cup of coffee, it’s this one.”
– Recommended by Lylah Khan, First-Year Liaison Officer


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