By Margaret Pepe
To LIU Post students, the definition of a “good book” varies. “One that is hard to put down,” said Stephanie Mocerino, a sophomore Broadcasting major, “one that is entertaining and funny and leaves each chapter on a cliff hanger to make me want to keep reading it.”
For others, a good book is defined by its emotional reaction. “I like books that make me cry,” said Samantha Fare, a junior Public Relations major. “In my opinion a good book is one that touches you emotionally, or mentally sparks your interest in ways you never have before,” said Mariel Bourie, a freshman Music Education major.
For some, a good book is characterized by how it resonates with them. “For me, a good book is defined by the lessons taught,” said Stephanie Lozada, a junior Broadcasting major. “I enjoy books that will make me think about the bigger picture, maybe have a hidden message.”
Based on their definitions of a good book, LIU Post students recommend some of their favorite books. “I like ‘Tuesdays With Morris’ by Mitch Albom,” said Lozata, “He interviews one of the wisest people, and this older man gives him advice about life.” “My favorite book is ‘Night Road’ by Kristin Hannah,” Fare said. “It’s emotional and life-changing.” “The Great Gatsby” is a popular book among most of its readers, as it is widely read in schools across the world. “I love the storyline, and it’s a classic novel,” Bourie added. “’The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien,” said Kayla Mahoney, a senior Forensic Science major. “It gave me a look into a soldier’s life while they are away at war, and it’s very well written.”
Some books are valued more by society, and are considered to be beneficial for people to read. Some books that are held in high regard by public opinion are made into movies, such as “Eat, Pray, Love”, by Elizabeth Gilbert. “In present day, I believe a lot of people hold “The Hunger Games” series to a high level, and believe the books to be well written and highly addictive,” Bourie added.
With technology and social media becoming increasingly popular, one may believe that reading and books are becoming less so. “I believe a big deal of why people do not have an interest to read anymore has to do with the technology craze that we have all become obsessed with. Reading a book takes time and concentration, and we want everything fast and at our hands the second we want it,” Bourie said.